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Nancy Golden
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Re: Needs.
Nancy Golden   8/2/2013 9:01:55 AM
I agree completely with Dennis - seems silly to me that the engineer is trying to project an unrealistic expectation that folks shouldn't be thinking about all of their driving scenarios - even if some are not as frequent as others. Selecting a car wisely includes considering all of the ways it will be used. I would not want to have to rent a car when I have car payments on an expensive EV, just to make the 5 hour drive to see our inlaws that occurs mostly on country back roads to get there...

Bunter
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Needs.
Bunter   8/2/2013 8:51:56 AM
"They don't buy cars to satisfy their average needs. They buy cars to satisfy their exceptional needs"

This formulation creates, I think, an artificially limited set of choices. I would say we buy cars to satisfy our full range of expected needs.  The daily commute is only part of the picture for most drivers.  It may be typical, the most frequent use, but the requirements for greater range are still frequent rather than exceptional for most of us. 

My daily commute is only 35 miles round trip, great for EVs.  Weekend events, sometimes more than one per week require far more range- not infrequently both of or vehicles will see this use for conflicting events.  A dedicated EV to commute would mean a third vehicle.

People buy for the real world, not a theoretical scenario someone else imagines.  Opinion.

Besides, it's the job of engineers to figure out what consumers want and then design to it. It's not the job of engineers to say, "Here's what you should want."'  Amen.

 

Cheerio,

Dennis

Bunter
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Is range anxiety real?
Bunter   8/2/2013 8:39:50 AM
I would ask this engineer in the first paragraph, "have you ever been driving along, looked at the gas gauge and and had an immeadiate question in your mind where the next gas station is and will you make it"?  The question would possibly be phrased in involuntary explitives that indicate the anxiety.  Now imagine that you are certain there is no place to "re-fuel" nearby. Fun.

Range anxiety happens in all types of vehicle (bet it's real fun in a plane).  With EVs (current state of the art) unless you plan and monitor carefully it would be very frequent.

 

Enjoy.

DD

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