iMiEVNZ7 wrote:Hi Don,
I do think also, that if Mitsubishi were to do like Tesla has, and provide recharge stations and give imiev owners power for free, like Tesla has for Tesla owners, that would be a big incentive, sort of like buy a Toyota Pirus, and we will pay for your fuel for the warranty period of the car !.
First, I think Don has channeled most EV owners the same way office workers think that the Dilbert author works at their company. The slight change I would make to Don's list for my situation is I first looked at the Tesla and got sticker shock.
But my soap box topic for the day is the recharging stations. Let's document how extensive the existing infrastructure is for charging stations, whether free or paid sites. I have submitted 5 sites to Recargo.com as an example of how easy it can be to spread the word. I can't imagine any dealership that sells EVs not having at least one free EVSE on their property. That means that although the Leaf, Volt, Focus EV, Spark EV, 500e, Soul EV, E-Golf, and the others that are here or are on their way are competitors; their dealerships should be adding to the EVSE infrastructure. Once the quantity and locations are known for existing stations, it may be discovered that the resulting gaps are not too prohibitive.
I think of the remote charging stations, in the eyes of a non-owner
, as training wheels on a child's first bike. They are there as a support system until one is comfortable and confident enough to operate without them. The charging stations, to an experienced operator
, are more like a refueling tanker for an aircraft-carrier based fighter jet. Before you leave, you plan your trip if you will definitely need one, but you also know where to locate one if something unforeseen happens.
We can't do much about vehicle cost, vehicle style, or availability where future buyers are concerned. But we can have an effect when it comes to range anxiety. Not by changing the range itself, but by educating the public that the range the car provides is typically adequate. And for the times it is not, there is the potential for publicly available stations to be located nearby.