Earlier today we published one EV owner's opinion refuting this line of thought, saying comparing the LEAF to a battery-powered Versa is not giving the LEAF designers much credit. In this opinion piece, an EV owner and enthusiast Ivan Jue makes a brief comparison between Nissan LEAF and Versa as well as Chevy Volt and Cruze, writing one cannot judge the book by its cover. Here is what Jue says.
The story in question reasoned that the Nissan LEAF is simply a modified Versa because Versa is the cheapest new car on the market, at just above $12,000 and the LEAF is nearly three times the cost of that. Marc Fontana from SF Area Nissan LEAF Owners group completely disagrees and says we should not be mislead by the similar design of Nissan LEAF and Nissan Versa.
Two days ago, on May 10, I saw this picture of a crashed Chevy Volt on Chevrolet Volt's official Facbook public page, shared by Karl Blinkinsop.
He shared his picture and wrote this comment. "The Chevy Volt is no match for the Mack truck that rear ended me Wednesday during standstill traffic on the interstate but I do think its cleaver designed saved my life. RIP my 2012 Chevy Volt, can't wait to get a new one."
Then Karl wrote that he is "OK, just bruised ribs, no one else was in the Volt."
VW's statement about DCFC reads: “Requires charging at select DC fast-charging stations. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging (including DC charging) can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery. See your Owner’s Manual for details." There really isn't much more than that in the big manual. And the warranty doesn't apply if the owners manual is not followed.
Here is how it may or may not, should one run out of gas and rely on electric power only, but let's see what Toyota Prius owners say, based on their experience. The discussion is from Plug-in Prius Owners group on Facebook.
Earlier this year in late February Consumer Reports announced its top 10 pics for the year and even after 3 years Toyota Prius is still one of the top ten picks in the report. You can read John Goreham's coverage on the subject here.
88 years in the making, is this a publicity stunt?
"The Kia is a more spacious car, has slightly more equipment/features (cooled seats), and most importantly has at least 10% more (15%?) range, which is no small thing.
Doug Martoccia comments under our discussion in Electric Cars Facebok group about what China may "offer" to Detroit and even Tesla in the near future when it comes to electric cars and batteries. Here is Martoccia in his own words.
If the Model 3 is successful then that means the car stole massive sales from the others. At that point- it's end game.
In order to come up with competition, the other car manufacturers would have to finance and build or get the battery companies to finance and build similar giga factories. This could take 3-5 years.
Most auto makers are not fully vested in making Electric Cars. Making an EV is reactionary to what they see as a niche market. Instead of building an EV from the ground up, they take their cheapest ICE car and replace components to make it an EV.
Go to any car dealership and ask 20 questions about their EV. An average salesman won't know a thing about it. The rest of their cars they memorize things like ignition timing.
Jamie says Tesla is obviously the foremost example of an electric car, which crushes the gasoline competition, though he doesn't like to talk about Tesla as if its the only game in town, despite being an owner and investor. Below is Jamie's comment in response to our earlier story about EV prices possibly matching ICE prices in 10 years.
In a debate, under our discussion at the Tesla Model S Owners Club the sentiment is that the electric car manufacturers need to bring the price down before they extend the range. One commenter says he knows "plenty of people who won't buy any EV because they are all just too expensive. Over the past 4 years the specs of the EVs have gotten better but their price has not come down significantly, especially the Nissan LEAF. People would really rather buy a 50 mile range $15,000 car than a 100 mile range $30,000 car."
Technically speaking, Chevy Volt is a PHEV as it uses both an electric motor and a gas AKA Internal Combustion Engine (ICE).