Road Trip – How Far Does an EV Go?



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spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.
  • Here is an idea for a Road Test:

    Document how a normal family guy (or gal) who commutes by driving an EV to work every day for a year and never cares what the range is. They simply don’t care about pushing the limits on range because it is never an issue. He/she simply plugs in every night and never cares again about how far they need to go before filling. The couple’s other car is a REEV or hybrid or TDI they use for road trips, so the range on their EV simply never, ever comes into play.

    Oh wait, that would be too sensible and obvious. It would only show how somewhere around half of all US families could easily replace one of their vehicles with an EV and never care at all about the EV’s range.

    • I <3 Nixon.

      • Doesn’t it hurt your fingers to type that? *grin*

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      Go Nixon! You’re so right. Now it’s time the prices of electric cars to go down. Even with the current gas prices many gas cars(especially small ones) + the gas used for 5 – 6 years (~ the life of the battery) cost less than most of the electric cars sold today. I don’t count the electricity cost to charge the battery. This is the big hurdle now. The price.

      • Yup. EV’s are still at the point where LCD or Plasma 42 inch TV’s were $5000 dollars. Or when cell phones were $1000 dollars.

        The good news is that commodity Lithium batteries have been dropping in price per kWh an average of 14% per year over the last few years. If that sort of improvement continues, that would cut the price of batteries in half per kWh every 4-5 years.

  • This would make a terrific 10 minute short film. Would need X acts:
    Act I: Why did John and Mary want an electric car?
    Act II: Research/test drives
    Act III: Purchase
    Act IV: 24 hr pattern of use, seven day pattern of use. Include strategy for long road trips.
    Act V: Conclusion, lessons learned, costs.

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