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Comment Re:Batteries (Score 1) 456

By US standards, it's tiny -- the hatchback / supermini category never took off in the US, hence why it never launched in that market. But it fits five people and the trunk is 12 cubic feet, which is more than enough for my family and our suitcases for a holiday. In Europe, small cars are attractive precisely because they are small, and thus easy to manoeuvre (especially for parking) -- our streets are much narrower, on average, than in the US.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 456

It doesn't use enough power to cause a significant reduction in range. If I put the heater on full-blast in the winter time, my Renault Zoe drops from 70 to 65 miles of range. What I actually do is put the heater on full-blast, then once the cabin is warm, turn it down and switch on Eco mode. Then my range drops from 70 to about 68.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 456

You're over-extrapolating from N America to the rest of the world: the Renault Zoe is available here in the UK for about $15k new. Mine costs me $150 per month, all-in (including fuel costs). And in much of the world outside the US, small cars ("super-minis") are popular precisely because they *are* small, so are easy to manoeuvre. I'm sure it's too small for you, but it seats five and has a 338 litre trunk (12 cubic feet), which is plenty enough for us.

Comment Re:Just for once (Score 1) 456

What is the benefit to the consumer of #3, other than #1 and #2?

On #4, safety, this is clearly your personal perception, and nothing more substantive than that. Gas-powered cars are quite capable of vehicle fires, and this is not exactly uncommon. And EVs have low centres of gravity and additional stiffness from the battery packs that make them more robust in a crash.

On #5, toxicity of manufacturing, you are ignoring the byproducts of gasoline / diesel manufacturing, which are every bit as icky as for a battery (and then some).

And of course, there's a balancing lists of benefits to the consumer of an EV vs an ICE, including but not limited to:
1. Much quieter cabin
2. Ability to pre-heat cabin in cold weather
3. Vibration-free ride
4. Faster acceleration, especially from 0 to 30 (one reason why EVs are especially popular in towns)
5. Ability to charge without user presence
6. Lower costs of fuel
7. Lower costs of maintenance
8. Lower carbon footprint
9. No exhaust fumes

These are tangible benefits that many (but of course not all) consumers value. With the exception of #8, they're also hardly the stuff of which dreams are made in Davos.

Comment Re:Infrastructure vs Independence (Score 1) 456

I'm pretty sure this is an urbanite vs non-urbanite cultural divide. There are a huge number of people living in urban who would be perfectly happy to have a car that meets 95% of their transport needs and doesn't meet the final 5%. But they're not the whole of a country. There's also a large number of people living outside urban areas who do longer journeys often enough that they would not be happy with a car that has a range of say 150miles.

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