IssacZachary wrote:EVDRIVER wrote:Push trailers have been around for many years, same for battery trailers etc.
Yes. And they work. The only ones trying to beat a dead horse are the nay-sayers why can't quite hit the horse because it's alive and well. I've known a couple individuals with perfectly fine working EV pusher trailers who's recommendation to me was, "Do it!"EVDRIVER wrote: Now that there are and will be many more low cost, longer range options... If you take those funds and lost time and get a cheap lease it would be better served.
Cheap lease? I've never leased. I was always under the impression that a lease was a waste of money. At least if you build a battery trailer the trailer and the car are still yours after a few years.
I don't recall saying they don't work they are just past their time for most people, many things work it's a question of making sense. Sure it may make perfect sense for someone who has the wrong EV for the job and wants to build and use a trailer and does not mind the associated headaches. Generators work and so do solar panels on the roof to a entertaining degree. In one year it will be interesting to see how many LEAF owners here use push trailers. That last thread with all the people arguing for them sure yielded a huge increase in their use in the last two years . Should you complete yours please add it to that thread with all the others. I would bet you that there are more trashed LEAFs that have commercially purchased pack extensions which made them inoperable then there are LEAFS with push trailers being used today, Two of those people I know now drive longer range EVs after abandoning their LEAFs and wish they had all that cash back.
FYI, leases often make more sense in cases when a vehicle has a high depreciation rate and/or you can deduct it as a business expense. Also works great for those want to upgrade to new and better vehicles more often. Nissan and other EV makers often have great lease deals in many states. In California you could get a net lease on a Spark at one point for under $100 a month after the CA rebate. The big picture is that in todays market the economics make far more sense for most people to get a longer range EV or hybrid then try to augment theirs. I also put a vote in for safely, what's that worth? Safely packaging a useful battery pack is not a low weight project and you would never get me to tow a trailer in a metropolitan area.