LeftieBiker wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:24 pm
Hybrids tried that once upon a time. It was a short lived flop.
If "that" is a 5 mile EV range, I have no recollection of it. Link(s)?
It does not work that way in hybrids. You can increase the battery size as I mentioned, but the marginal gain in fuel economy is minor and you do not get more 'EV mode' miles. You reduce corner cases where the hybrid has to operate the ICE in an inefficient power band. As for a 5 mile PHEV -- that is even worse than the Germans make and would suffer the same fate we are seeing now -- plug-in apathy.
Ignoring feature-itis, car choice comes down to utility, convenience, looks, safety, intangibles, dynamics and cost. Most EV owners think they win on convenience when they have at home or at work charging and Tesla owners are mostly not bothered by charging on trips but that is a ymmv and people who do not have experience with EVs are 'sure' that ICE win
For now ICE win on up-front cost, but that is changing rapidly and TCO favors EVs already
EVs win on utility, if the form factor exists.
EVs usually win on safety if the ICE is similar cost.
EVs win hand down on intangibles. ICE stink and fart, and they are dirty underneath. @Orient falls into a small minority group willing to consider ICE after owning EV.
EVs are a slam dunk on dynamics if the car costs are in the same neighborhood.
@Orient falls into a small minority group willing to consider ICE after owning EV.