Sep 06, 2014 - 04:46 PM
Apr 19, 2015 - 10:13 AM
I think part of the reason is because people keep pushing the false notion that no one needs more range and the average person only drive less than blah blah miles a day.
At least in the Midwest a person who does not sit around and watch TV all day has to drive at least 60 to 80 miles oneway to get far enough out of the city to enjoy a nice quiet hike or kayak. If the person lives in the country then they have a daily commute to work of 60 to 80 miles one way. Kinda blows this whole 'people only drive 20 miles' out of the water. (or whatever the claim is)... Plus there is no charging on the gravel parking lot by the river.
Car makers are currently targeting the West coast where there is plenty of charging and people are willing to sacrafice to drive an EV. If car makers seriously want to get into the rest of the market they will need to provide EVs with a range of 150 miles on an ice laiden road in -20 degree weather. Only one company does that now. others will soon follow.
Another reason EV range has been limited or slow growing is because the new tech breakthroughs in batteries must be tested to make sure they can hold up to the needs of the automoble. I think soon you will see a jump in range as evident by GM and Nissan both annoucing increased range EVs coming out next year. It takes time to test miles driven. Tesla just added an additional 10kWh to thier lowest range vehicle.