I think a simple, small, light 4-seater would have broader appeal as a 'around town' car capable of carting typical 4 person fam + groceries. Nothing wrong with a tested and approved 'old' style like the classic geo metro or existing ford focus... especially if it saves the research dollars and keeps the price down!a simple light 2 seat 50 mile car marketed to commuters would sell, imo.
i suspect the main reason we don't see it is because of ridiculous federal safety laws. such a vehicle would still be safer than a motorcycle, yet motorcycles are legal. go figure.
But you'll probably end up closer to an outlet than a gas station. Plus unlike a gas car which keeps running fine until it stops an EV should start to slow down and give you some time at low speed to get to a charge point.The feedback that I get from most people that I talk to about EV's is "If you run out of power, you can't just run down to the corner for a gallon of electricity."
We are so far away from an EV in every driveway it's just not an issue. The price does not need to be $15K, the average purchase price for a car in the US last year was about $28K. Why would a smooth, quiet, car with good acceleration that is free from gas prices need to cost less?I agree that the price needs to be down near $15K to get one into every driveway.
The Volt should have been marketed as what it is, a plug in hybrid, not an EV. It could have been seen as a better Prius.I think that the Volt needs to come way down in price and needs to market itself as an electric vehicle WITH gas backup. That lessens the fear of running out in the middle of the trip.
With rising gas prices that 1000 mile trip to Florida becomes no more of a reality in a gas car than an EV. What people need is a way to get to and from work and the store without spending a fortune on gas, which may not be available if the Middle East keeps going the way it is. I remember the gas shortages of the '70s, it can happen again. People are going to have to wake up to the fact that the endless road trip on a whim only existed because of cheap and abundant petroleum. Those days may be gone. So what, no one needs to make those kinds of trips, and if they want to they can rent a car. It's not a real issue anyway since most households have more than one vehicle. If we ever get near half of all passenger vehicles being EV's then people can start to worry about range issues. Of course by then batteries will be better and fast charge stations will be everywhere.The EV will most certainly have to be a 2nd car for virtually everyone. It may be the main one used whenever the range is within range but it doesn't satisfy the feeling and comfort of freedom that comes with an ICE. With an ICE vehicle, you may only go 20 miles in a day but you know that if you feel like it, you can hop in and go 1000 miles to Florida at any time. While that may be possible in an EV with properly planned stops, it is not the same and will take considerably longer.
Yeah some of you have missed the point. LEAF sales are limited because they can't make them fast enough, not because no one wants them. The Volt may have some demand issues, which may be the result of their own confusing marketing ploys. They want to call it an EV but people see 40 miles or less electric range and the high price tag. They should have just marketed it as what it really is, a plug in hybrid.
The idea that an inexpensive 50 mile range car will sell to the general public flies in the face of reality.