The excerpted article below suggests pre-existing conditions, specifically two anxieties, are barriers to BEV sales:
Psychological Barriers Are Holding Back Electric Vehicle Adoption
January 29th, 2015 by Joshua S Hill
A new study investigating the barriers preventing people from buying electric vehicles has identified two separate issues that hold people back — range anxiety and resale anxiety...
The study, published in the “Articles in Advance” section of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (M&SOM)...
The authors of the report — Michael K. Lim of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ho-Yin Mak of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Ying Rong of Shanghai Jiao Tong University — identified two specific psychological barriers that prevent people from purchasing electric vehicles:
range anxiety — the concern that an electric vehicle’s driving range will not be enough for the needs of the driver (however, at least one writer has intelligently noted that “range anxiety anxiety” seems to be the real issue)
resale anxiety — the concern that the price of used electric vehicles will drop in the future, making resale a difficult option...
https://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/29/ps ... -adoption/
I can't help noticing that many with LEAFs still have these anxieties, and that those fears are increasingly entering discussions, even on MNL threads on topics unrelated to either issue:
Replacement LEAF battery cheap compared to i3
I am far from being anxiety-free (in general) and admit I had both those anxieties to some extent before the last 44+ months and 33k+ miles of experience with my LEAF has proven these anxieties largely without foundation.
Even with my range slightly reduced as compared with new, and with January temperatures (abnormally warm-or perhaps the new normal of anthropogenic global warming?) My LEAF made eight trips last month of 50-60 miles, at ~30-45 mph speeds, including ~2000 ft. descent and ascent each, starting from "80%", and returning well before VLBW, requiring only ~60-65% of my total present available capacity.
I also made two range/capacity test trips last month of over ~90 and ~94 miles at ~25-45 mph speeds with over 5,500 ft total ascent and descent (if not hyper-mileing, close to it) using the capacity allowed between "100%" and ~VLBW, or ~88% of my total present available capacity.
So I have every reason to expect my current LEAF, with its OE battery pack, will meet my minimum requirements for at least a few more years, and ~five or six more if I'm lucky (and even if no opportunities to upgrade become available) and so I have a lot less "range anxiety anxiety" than I had four years ago, before delivery.
Unexpected (by me, at least) large reductions in both gasoline (by ~half) and New BEV prices have reduced the resale value of my LEAF to about the worst case I anticipated ~four years ago, but my own TCO since delivery is still no higher than for any comparable ICEV, and lower than most.
Since I doubt the price of gas will fall anywhere near as fast in the future, nor will BEV prices (net-incentives) I have far less anxiety about future depreciation expenses.
So, can anyone suggest any rational reason why I should still have either of these anxieties?
Can anyone offer rational explanation, for why so many MNL members seem to be so anxious, on both counts?