Originally Posted by dougingraham
In your first note you said you need 125 miles for a round trip but you want 150 miles range. Let us also use your 20mpg Cherokee figure...
...This can be done but will be an expensive conversion. But it costs a lot more over time to burn gas. I have a crude spreadsheet I made to do this calculation.
My round trip is 99.8 miles via the quickest route, I throw up the 120 as if I have to take the longer route (which has happend due to accident). An the 150 mile mark is my prefered buffer.
You bring up very valid points. An the only idea I have to support that kind of weight in something I am going to like is a Jeep Liberty (around 4k pound with v6/man 6sp/4wd) an again make it a 2 seater. If I was able to get the range an keep the 6sp man & 4wd I would still have increased costs to build. An if I am going to spend $20K on a project, its going to be a Willy's or a 68 Hemi Barracuda. Not my daily commuter.
At this time, these kinds of cost for a Daily Driver are out of my reach :-( which is really too bad as I would consider this tech for transportation.
I am not looking to buy a production car, I would like something with some style that I can enjoy (aka 510, 280z, Barracuda, Liberty, Jetta). I drive long distances to work, I would like to enjoy what I drive. An a leaf is not something I would enjoy, an with 5 kids (4 in band an the oldest 2 in HS) I am not buying a Tesla any time soon (bummer). An I dont want a VOLT (not a chevy guy).
It quickly became apparent that $6K an a TDI VW can get me 50mpg. So I am guessing thats the route I am going until EV become more economical an battery tech improves along with electrical generation tech.