sendler2112 wrote:Yes. It is completely ridiculous to think someone would want to drive their car out of town for a trip once in a while. Something like a Prius Prime, Chevy Volt, or range extended i3 is a crazy idea. It would be even crazier if you could just leave the ICE/ gen engine on a trailer at the dealer 350 days/ year when you weren't using it so other people could use it.
Any short range commuter EV like the Leaf could be designed with a rear quick charge port option that would control a 20kW Gen trailer that, weighs 500 pounds, costs $3000, rents for $100/week and makes 40 mpgUS cross country.
PS. $100,000 Tesla 1%ers with your 100 kWh battery need not reply.
My thoughts exactly on this. For most commuting, my Leaf cuts the mustard, I would only need a range extender on rare occasion, and a trailer would work perfectly for this. (Or maybe a hitch-mount setup.) If you knew how long you were going to be driving, it could even be a smaller generator, such as if you're using 20kW driving, but it generates only 10kW of power, it means you're only consuming 10kW total from the battery, thus doubling your range before you deplete the battery.
But all of this adds complexity that car manufacturers don't want to deal with, honestly. It's easier to just say it has X range and call it a day.