A survey of 150 people leasing the BMW Mini E battery electric prototype has revealed that a maximum range of 100 miles is sufficient for those drivers.
The study, conducted by BMW and the University of California-Davis Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Center, suggested that most of the users were able avoid public charging, according to a story on MSNBC.com.
“While many statements are made about the need for infrastructure prior to (EV) sales, I have seen much more evidence to the contrary,” said Tom Turrentine, director of the Center. Turrentime added that he would “expect the market for electrics does not depend at all on the development of a (charging) network, given the way these vehicles are used.”
The Mini E respondents are part of a field trial launched by BMW. Drivers in the trial volunteered and paid to test drive Mini E’s for a prescribed time.
We talked to a Mini E trial driver in January who said he would consider buying an electric vehicle after the trial is over, despite having been stranded once when his Mini E’s battery ran out of charge (see his blog, “Towed! After Only 87.8 Miles…Sheesh!”). “If they came out with a car that got 300 miles of range and could be charged quickly on a 110V outlet, I would be happy to have it as my primary car,” he told us.