Desertstraw wrote:The problem is perception not reality. It makes no sense for me to keep my old Prius for occasional long trips. It would be far cheaper to rent a car for them rather than the high fixed costs of any vehicle. Nevertheless, I still keep it.
The most important thing to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles is chargers along main highways. Electric vehicle owners know that they are superior to ICE's in every other respect.
Unfortunately, until you can charge a battery in 5 minutes or less without killing it in short order, even quick charging is too time-inefficient for trips longer than 1 or maybe 2 enroute charges. A member of the general motoring public would get damned irritated by having to stop every 50 miles to do a 30 minute L3 charge if they wanted to drive their Leaf to Los Angeles from the Bay Area. Until then, only greater onboard range and/or battery exchange, plus a price comparable to ICE, will make the pure EV really practical to replace the ICE as an all-around car. Now, could an EV with range like the '320' mile Tesla S work for me? Sure, when they can sell me one for 1/3 to 1/2 what they charge for the Tesla, and I'd still need to charge enroute to get to the east side of the Sierra.
Just to get a Leaf from my place in Hayward to Lake Tahoe would take a minimum or 3 and maybe 4 L3 charges enroute. EV enthusiasts may be willing to put up with that on a regular basis, but I'm not willing to turn a 3 hour trip into a minimum 4.5-5 hour trip (and that assumes that I'll never have to wait to use a charger, and that it will be working), drive much slower than the traffic flow, and do without HVAC use when conditions call for it.
But, if someone were to build a good EV city car and sell it for $5,000, they'd be everywhere. That's not going to happen, but $10,000-$15,000 should be doable once they get into mass production, in line with current inexpensive ICEs like the Versa.