I have been lurking for a few yrs now and think i will actually post for once. I am considering building an EV but have a few questions. Yes I know how to use a search button, but i enjoy others opinions aswell. I am on a wait list for a Brammo Empulse and was one of the first 1000 preorders, but since latest pricing and specs I think paying 18k is a bit steep for a motorcycle. So Plan B would be build one or maybe even an a 4 wheel EV. I have a wife and two children, and a Great Dane. So the next obvious question is what do YOU GUYS think would suite my needs in the below criteria for a EV build:
Budget: max 20K
range:40 miles @ 55mph
body style: preferably small SUV or quad cab pickup
seating capacity: 4 W/ enough space for a dog or groceries in the back
typical use: dropping kids off at school, groceries, and a 17mile hyway ride to in-laws.
creature comforts: i would like to have heat an AC but AC isn't a priority. power steering is a plus.
questions: would it be best to just save up 30k for a leaf that would be more refined but never fit my Dane and kids, and is my goal realistic with budget? AC or DC ( lots of hills here) and motor size. Anyone who wants to speculate with me please chime in. I dont have to be able to haul the whole family but moving 4 people is a necessity if i want my wife on board. Not looking for a performance beast but 12-14 sec 0-60 and enough ummph to go uphill with traffic , and preferably capable of 70mph( need 65). I'm looking to replace my tired jetta (auto not stick) that doesn't really fit my dog anymore( have a gas people hauler already that i use for long trips an taking the whole family with me)