I don't think it's an exaggeration at all. Cruising down I-5 at 70 mph (and being overtaken by all the people doing 85) with a brand-new battery, Tony Williams' chart shows a 68 mile range in ideal conditons for the Leaf. 80% of 68 (and that assumes you're willing to run with no reserve at all) is 54.4 miles. Throw in just a few real-world variables and 45-50 miles at freeway speeds is probably a good average, even if you slow down to 65 (and good luck to you), for a max range of 75 miles, or 65 with a 10 mile reserve - I can easily come up with combinations of likely conditions that will drop the guaranteed range down into the low 30s.LEAFfan wrote:You're exaggerating. You won't have to wait 30 minutes for an 80% QC. That's ONLY if it's empty. I plan on driving at least 80 miles @ 60mph (around 1 1/2 hours) and would need to take a break anyway. In about 15-20 mins., I'll be on my way again. It sounds great to me!GRA wrote: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.
So LA is ~400 miles - 60 miles initial (Altamont pass is 1,009 feet, so knock 65 down to 60) = 340 miles, divided by 50 miles = is ~ 7 x 30-minute charges enroute or 3.5 hours on top of the driving time, with no allowance for climbing the Grapevine, HVAC use, winds, lights, battery degradation, temps and so on.
Fortunately it doesn't matter that much, because people like me who have a need to take such trips on a regular basis will keep their ICEs or hybrids, or buy themselves plug-in hybrids. I may like the thought of a BEV, but as a solo car owner who only uses that car for out-of-town trips, many of them from sea level up to the mountains and often in winter, a PHEV is the only reasonable option for me for the moment. Once battery prices come down and/or the technology and infrastructure improve, a BEV may be practical as a sole car for me. And the sooner I can put a "NOPEC" bumper sticker on my car and flip the bird to the OPEC despot of the month, the happier I'll be.