LeftieBiker wrote:I think that what most EV buyers really want is, first, AWD, and second, lots of useful cargo space rather than a high, heavy vehicle.
Actually aside from certain areas with lots of snowfall, AWD is NOT the primary reason for US buyers wanting an SUV. In fact there's at least one new model (Nissan Kicks) in which AWD is NOT even an option. And as traction control and tire technology improve, the number of people who want (much less need) AWD will diminish.
Subarus sell well, but because Subaru doesn't offer a 2WD vehicle in the US other than the BR-Z, we really don't know how many of those buyers really want AWD.
As far as useful cargo space, most CUV's aren't all that much better than a hatchback of similar outside dimensions. That's because many of them share the same platforms as cars. And they don't compare to minivans.
The factors that lead to high SUV/CUV sales in the US IMHO is due to:
1. Easier ingress/egress due to the greater ride height. Some SUV's/CUV's offer a bit more headroom since it's easier to conceal the inherent tall look in SUV styling without looking ridiculously top heavy (think Mitsubishi Mirage).
2. The appearance of an "outdoorsy" lifestyle which is trendy at the moment.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL.