Your gasser analogy is spot on and yeah, many EVers aren't even aware they need to change. It is beyond me how they can equate 30 seconds of daily attention to their EV's status as being inconvenient compared to a weekly trip to a gas station?SageBrush wrote: ↑Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:00 amTo you. Or to me. Both of us look at the SoC gauge every time we park at home.
However, the country is stuffed with people who only add fuel to their cars when the car beeps and flashes an "ADD GAS" alert. These people have no clue about the status of their fuel tank (or battery SoC, as the case may be) at any other time and they want to keep it that way. Moreover, realize that a sizable fraction of EV drivers are like this, AND are driving an EV in no small part either to save money or because of a pushy spouse. Accommodating EV idiosyncrasies is not part of their daily agenda.
As jmurtagh so cheerfully noted, he was lucky to convince his wife to plug in daily. The rest was on him and the car. In case you are wondering, no particular perceptiveness on my part. But my wife does have a similar outlook and fuse.
This is the reason I took a financial hit to upgrade to the Plus. The 40 had "workable" range but the plus pack being so large meant being very specific with charging needs was simply not needed. I am ok with an SOC target between 45 and 60%. That isn't like hitting the broad side of a barn; its more like hitting air.
Just a quick comment on cars and partners; Before my LEAF days, we were a two Prius family and I tracked mileage, cost, etc. Well she was unable to reset the trip meters, save gas receipts, etc.... so I did all the refueling. We would simply switch cars for the day. THREE times she ran out of gas because it wasn't her job to put gas in the tank.
When I suggested it would be beneficial to let me know when the bar started to blink. Prius had 10 pips and just like the LEAF GOM, the last one would start to blink with roughly 60-80 miles left. With a 42 mile RT commute at the time, this should have been plenty of time for her since we were living together at the time...
She was not appreciative of my suggestion...