I think you're on to something there.
2 good friends of mine just bought new Leafs, not on my say-so, just wanted a decent EV for not too much $$ and looked around at what was available on the lots. I did warn them about chademo but they are plenty smart and plan to charge at home most of the time and they each have other travel vehicles if needed.Lots of very exciting new EVs coming to market in the coming 24 months, including the Ariya, the BMW iX, the Lucid Air, and the EV trucks from Ford, Hummer, Bollinger, Rivian, etc, The recurring social media buzz I'm seeing though is "cool, but $100k. I wish automakers would make cheap EVs." which, of course, is the exact niche the Leaf exists in, but the Leaf gets no buzz because it's not sexy. Still, if the sexy new EVs get people to see EVs as practical options for ownership, then even a modicum of research will lead people to the Leaf, especially the 62kw models.
Agreed but with the caveat that Leaf + easily can do 200 miles on a daily basis with L2 charge at home at night. I think many are writing it off as a town car with limited range.
With the base level (not plus), I'd be a bit iffy on trying to plan a 4 hour road trip with it - i know for the folks most hesitant to consider electric vehicles the range anxiety becomes a huge concern. One of my buddies won't consider anything with less than 400 miles of range that's no more than $30k. I think that's a bit extreme given what people actually drive but with where be lives and the distance to stores and all - I'd probably want 280 miles in order to consider one to account for the range drop in winter since my 2016 SL only makes it to and from his house (approx 30 - 35 miles away) with a QC on the way there and back and L1 at his place due to 55mph up and downhill stretches.OldManCan wrote: ↑Fri Jan 28, 2022 12:34 pmAgreed but with the caveat that Leaf + easily can do 200 miles on a daily basis with L2 charge at home at night. I think many are writing it off as a town car with limited range.
The magic number is always shifting. Years ago, 100 miles was the magic number (which the early Leaf could do in theory if driving around town at speeds under 50 mph and no climate control) but then it jumped to 200 miles once it was seen that an EV could just be a "car" and not require anything weird to function. Once the lack of oil changes, filter changes, belts, blah blah, became apparent, then people wanted more and more EV transportation and thus wanted to do more with it, so the magic number of mileage continued to go up. Now that EV are all coming with either +200 miles of range or some options to get you +200 miles (Plus for Leaf for example), now people want it to do more, so the magic number is moving up again to +300 miles. Hence why the Ariya will be coming out in options for +300 miles of range. I'm sure, given enough time and advancement in battery technology, 300 miles will seem like nothing because everyone will be driving a +500 mile range EV as the base. Just like everything else that gets better over time, EVs have a long way road of improvements that can be had for years to come.