SageBrush wrote:WetEV wrote: Rely on less range than you can get after losing 4 bars.
Indeed, going by this rule is not only prudent but will prevent disappointment in the purchase.
The problem is that $30 - $35k is a lot of money for a 90 mile range car.
I get that range from my 24 kWh LEAF and it cost me $7k
Yet you don't get that from a 24kWh Leaf as "No Worries Range". I've gotten over 100 miles on a charge multiple times on my 24kWh Leafs, but that doesn't make it a 100 mile range car. I will not get 90 miles into a headwind on a wet cold rainy day in the future when my battery has just lost the 4th bar. I couldn't get 75 miles into a headwind on a wet cold rainy day last winter!
SageBrush wrote:More to the point though, the conservative range does not let me do anything in a 40 kWh LEAF I cannot do in my much cheaper car. They are both quite hobbled.
The Leaf is not hobbled for commuting with little bother, no stops for gasoline, less maintenance and lower fuel cost.
I wouldn't take a Leaf up a 4x4 jeep trail, or a road trip across the USA. I wouldn't try out outrun a Porsche on a track. Carrying a ton of lumber wouldn't be wise.
I'd hate to drive a 4x4 around town, waste of gasoline. I'd rather fly or take the train across the USA, depending on my schedule, or take the wife's car if it was summer. I'd hate to pay for maintenance on a Porsche. Trucks are a pain to park and suck gasoline.
Pick the correct tool for the job. Leaf for commuting, family around town. Something else for something else.
If you pick the wrong tool for the job, a poor workman will blame his tools, call it hobbled.