donald wrote:Would it be worth balancing the relative cost benefits/deficits of buying/installing a range extender, versus simply having a second, ICE vehicle. Or otherwise sticking all the extra cash that'd be needed to buy extra batteries/an engine into a bank account and occasionally arranging to hire an ICE vehicle when you need further range?
My thought was to be able to drive our comfortable Leaf on long range trips using RENTED trailer with battery bank or generator. I prefer a rented battery bank trailer myself. It goes well with Zero Emission standard of the Leaf. If Nissan develops this type of Zero Emission Trailer (with appropriate hitch and battery connections)
for rental companies like U-Haul, Budget, Hertz, etc., and even Nissan Dealerships to lease/sell to Leaf owners who wish to extend their Leaf's range for longer trips, this would be a win win for everyone.
It would set aside the range anxiety, long range trip issues of Leaf. It would put the Leaf having comparable range capability of Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt.
Of course wealthy Leaf owners would be able to purchase this type of Zero Emission Trailer with it's added range benefit for everyday use. But realistically it is something which most of us only need a few times every year when we wish to drive our Leaf for long trips or for those who wish to go on interstate or cross country trips.
This type of Zero Emission trailer would also help older Leafs which have lost much of their battery capacity in the future, beyond their warranty period.
This option would also reduce the need for CHAdeMO chargers every 50 miles on highways and Interstates which appears highly unlikely to become a reality.
I realize that this Zero Emission Trailer idea may sound unrealistic now, but my earlier post mentioned similar reaction to early Toyota Prius which had no EV-Only-Mode with added batteries and plug-in options which were initially frowned upon by Toyota and then became a reality thanks to public demand.
Ideas like owning a 2nd ICE car, renting an ICE car, and the gasoline generator trailer, defeat the purpose of Zero Emission lifestyle of most Leaf owners.