KJD wrote:Definitely Tesla C is on my short list for my next to next to next EV in '17 or so.
Boy, you go through a lot of cars!
I'm hoping that Tesla will understand that quick charging capability will be important for an EV with a smaller battery pack than the Model S pack, perhaps more important than for the Model S customers. True, they've locked the base Model S customers out of that equation, but at least those customers have the option to upgrade their order to a Supercharger-capable Model S, albeit for many thousands more dollars.
From a consumer's perspective, I agree with you 100%.
Sadly, the reality is that the smaller the battery, the more stressful the quick charge. I'm guessing this has something to do with why Tesla doesn't allow the 40kWh Model S to charge on the 90kW supercharger - it's a greater than 2C rate. Then you add the cost of supporting the quick charger (thicker cables, etc), and this doesn't mesh well with an entry-level cost car.
My guess is that the $30k Model C will start with less than 40kWh battery. Maybe 32-35kWh, targeting 100 miles of range. Being a Tesla, though, it will come with the option to buy more batteries, and maybe at the highest end match the 60kWh Model S, complete with Supercharger access. I also guess that, being a Tesla, it will have glue-you-to-your-seat acceleration.