LeftieBiker wrote: ↑Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:50 pmI care about 0-60 times, but having grown up in the Seventies I have some perspective. My first car (not the first one I drove - that was a V-8 Plymouth Sport Suburban wagon) was a Volvo 122S with a terrible Borg-Warner 3 speed automatic that took about 15 seconds to get the car to 60MPH. It would eventually get up to 110MPH though, and because the car handled well I would eventually pass all of my friends in their American cars who were struggling to stay on the road above 80. So anything no slower than 10 seconds is fine with me. I do like being able to blast UP hills, though! If I do manage to upgrade to an SV+ the extra HP will be fun, but my 40kwh Leaf is actually fast enough for me.
Yeah, there's a difference between 'nice to have' and 'need'. I figure any 0-60 time < 15 or maybe even 20 seconds is enough to do all routine driving , e g a traffic merge, safely - my '88 Subie was somewhere between 13-14 seconds, and while that was a bit cramping when I wanted to drive fast, I never felt the car was unsafe because of it.
So, the ca. 10 sec. 0-60 of a Prius etc. is adequate, although less is nice if it doesn't cost me in performance areas I need. My Forester's 9.6 sec., and that's never been a major impediment on the two lane mountain roads where I need to pass on short stretches. At most it might make me wait a couple of minutes for a better opportunity.
BEVs do have an advantage over naturally-aspirated ICEs at altitude in any case, as they have the same power and torque as at sea level, but much lower air resistance. My '88 Subie was a turbo, and its pedestrian performance from 115 HP at sea level rose to a much more satisfactory one in the mountains for the same reason.