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Old 06-28-2022, 04:41 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by S Keith View Post
Details matter.

70% of those switching back did not have access to level 2 charging, and charging was a huge hassle for them.

Dropping that 20% down below 10% changes the picture a bit.
That isn't representative of what I saw. A big chunk of early (middle-class) EV adopters had level 2 charging at home or work, but experienced horrific battery degradation that Nissan & Mitsubishi called normal in the Leaf & iMiev. True, those consumers often contributed to the battery degradation by fast charging to 100% in hot weather, but the manufacturers did a poor job of explaining battery care and capacity expectations.

The result was those consumers saw their $30,000-$40,000 car worth $5,000 in 5 years as it struggled to go 25 miles in the summer heat or winter cold. They had to give up after-work social activities because they only had enough range to go straight home.

A lot of those people swore off EVs altogether. My sister swore off EV-only and ended up buying a plug-in hybrid. And a PHEV remains a great choice for a 1-car owner - 100% of the commuting is electric, but then you've got 400 miles of gasoline range (and 3-minute refills) after that for spontaneous fun stuff.

Last edited by Drifter; 06-28-2022 at 05:07 PM..
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