Jimmydreams wrote:That, and he probably drove the car EXACTLY like he drives his ICE.
But isn't that the point of the Leaf as the first mass market EV? The general population does not want to have to worry about range - but it's clear that even among educated early adopters 100 mi range provides anxiety.
Makes me respect Toyota's position of not wanting to produce an EV until they can provide 100 mi range in nearly all conditions (that's what they are aiming for with the RAV4-EV prototype they are working with Tesla on - supposedly the battery will be about 40-50% larger than the Leaf battery which should be good for 100 mi EPA range rather than the 73 mi EPA range of the Leaf).
It does seem like another 20-30 mi of range in the Leaf would provide a lot of range anxiety relief among Leaf early adopters... I mean - can you honestly say that you wouldn't mind being able to comfortably go back to driving ~75 mph on your commute without worry instead of 65 mph?
It's clear the author almost went out of his way to run low on juice....admittedly making a lunch run when he knew he was running low. If you write a check when you know the funds aren't there to cover it, why should anyone be surprised when it bounces?
I think we're also getting a little lost on the term "range anxiety" (RA). To me, RA means worrying about having the juice to get where I need to go in a reasonable fashion. For that definition, I don't have RA anymore. If your version of RA means being able to drive 75mph to and from work and still make it home...well, now we're back to talking checks and money again, aren't we? The Leaf can make the journey just fine, but not when driven to extremes, or when driven with NO thought to conditions or behavior. Are you saying that if you're 50 miles from the nearest gas station and your car is on E that you should expect to drive it at 90mph for that last 50 miles with the A/C blasting?
I think therein lies the rub. Most people want to continue the lead-foot mentality regardless of the situation. I think that's stupid. High gas prices can FORCE people to change, or a car like the Leaf can OFFER them the chance to change. No one is forcing a Leaf on anyone, but the buyers need to be educated on what they're getting. If Toyota is waiting to market something that is as close to an ICE engine as possible, they may find the market (and possibly society) has passed them by. I think that when the general public sees people getting the equivalent of 100mpg on their Leaf, or paying the equivalent of $1.25/gal gas, the public WILL notice. And when people realize the small sacrifices they may need to make to get those benefits, I think the vast majority will be happy to change. As gas, food, and the price of everything else goes up, I think you'll be surprised at the lengths people will willingly go to to save money.
A 35 mile one-way commute at 65mph takes 32 minutes. The same drive at 75mph takes 28 minutes. Is 4 minutes really such an imposition on someone to offer them 100mpg? I think not.