mortisier wrote:Add in $1M a year for insurance to cover the liability and several more to manage such a program. This is a flawed business model. Most people can't even tow a trailer let alone drive a car, think it through. It has been hashed out for years in the EV community before this forum ever existed. I wish we could get off the topic of range extenders, trailers, and solar panels on the roof of the car. Those that want one they should build one but they are a horrible model no company will adopt. For those that think it's a win go at it!
My thoughts exatly! People canot drive traditional trailers! Thats why it would half to be a single wheel articulating trailer with the conductors in the hard mounted hitch. This desine would totaly eliminate Jack-Knifing and cable isues. This is not some pie in the sky idea like solar panels on the roof we are all beyond that. I am just thinking that if companies like E-Buggy believe it is a marketable buisiness model than mabey Nissan with there signifigantly larger resources and dealership network should stay on top of the tail pipe emmisions free range extended market.[/quote]
I can assure you Nissan will not get involved in this even if it made sense and was profitable. Secondly, the economics of this are extremely poor and if you think it through you will see why it will fail. Sure a few people will put a hitch on their car and pay insanely high rates to use a trailer but that wil not sustain a business. Battery cost, maintenance, infrastructure, liability, operating costs, support, etc are all too high to make this work and demand is too low. By the time this could be affordable and widely available to run as a business EVs will be longer range and there will be more charging infrastructure.
I'm sure a bunch of folks here can get their savings together and get started on a plan right away. I can't wait to see the business plan, not that those are important.
Plenty of these trailers have been made in the past even 100 kw models recently.