liveforphysics wrote:REdiculous wrote:
Even if the capacity doubled for the same weight/size/cost, it still wouldn't be enough. Rather than "100 miles" in a Leaf you could do as much as 200 miles. woop-de-freakin-do; that's a 3 hour drive at 65mph and you're done.
If you need to regularly travel 200miles at a time (and delivering things isn't your occupation), you have chosen an extremely wasteful of your life/time and resources lifestyle.
I drive 0.8miles to work. I used to drive 1.1miles to work. It's not by chance, it's because I choose to not give that portion of my life to sitting in a car rather than doing awesome things.
If a 200mile EV can't satisfy 98% of your vehicle needs, it's really time to look into improving the way you live IMHO.
With all this talk about range I would have to agree that 99% of people think they drive longer distances than they do each day before parking there car for the night. Living in Australia we have some crazy distances between places and plenty of open roads yet when you boil it all down Unless some one is taking a driving vacation or driving for a living most peoples daily trips are very short.
If I was to use my home city as an example the suburbs would perhaps sprawl 30 miles in all directions from the CBD. So wost case scenario if you lived on the outside of town and worked on the outside of town in the other direction 60 miles each way. You would drive 120 miles in a day . You would be a total nutcase for doing so and wanting to sit through 60 miles of city traffic each way but even so in that silly example its doable in a modern EV.
We have found when researching property out of town that around 60 miles is the max people will usually consider living from they work before they start saying it just isnt feasible to commute each day.Even then its only very few that will put up with eating 3hrs of there life each day.
We have a weekend house that is 61 miles from the CBD and at times my wife has commute from there to the CBD. Just for a week or two and when you take city traffic into account its a 1.5hr trip each way. So that's 3hrs a day just to get to work and about the limit of 99.9% of people would want to consider. But even so its only 122 miles return and could be done with today's EV tec.
Our city house is just 6 miles from the CBD we would be lucky to clock up 60 miles a week in our car when living down there. I'm sure a lot of people would get a real shock if they actually reset there trip meter each day before parking there car up for the night and took note of the miles traveled. I would say 99% would be under 100 miles for the day and a large portion of that would be under 50 miles.
When we go on driving vacations around Australia we find about 600km or 375 miles to be about the max we want to travel each day before it becomes not so enjoyable. (dont get me wrong I have driven way way more in a day) But if you have a choice and you are traveling a few thousand miles for a holiday I feel 375 miles usually chews up a big portion of the day when you take rest brakes, lunch stops and finding some where to crash for the night into the picture. It's a good 8hr's on the road as you are never just sitting on 60mph for 6hrs you have to slow down for towns and so on.
Throw in a 1hr charge while your having lunch into the picture and with today's tec you have a car with a longer range that will outlast most drivers stamina behind the wheel in 24hrs.