Range in an EV
Does range really not matter in an EV? Those who own a long range EV like a Model 3 long range might disagree with this. After all, range is an important question when it comes to an EV. A better way to say it. Range is overrated.
Tailosive EV has been driving friends and family members around in his Model 3 RWD and hasn't had any problems. Most people are asking about range or how often you have to stop before you have to charge - such as a Tesla Supercharger.
You have to think about EV's differently. You charge an EV much differently than a gas powered car. Most people think about a battery instead of a gas pump. Charge station -vs- gas pump. Charge stations are slow, gas stations are fast.
A really efficient gas car can go about 500 miles on a gas tank and you have to go stop and fill up. With an EV, the vast majority of charging is done at home which means you wake up with a full tank every day. Even if you don't charge at home, most charging isn't done quite to full because you charge faster at a low state of charge. Once you get close to 100%, the charge speed slows down.
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Range Doesn't Matter
Another reason the question is flawed is because your driving style and environment matter. Most people don't drive more than 40 miles a day - with maybe 80 miles a day at a maximum. Even the worst EV range is going to be able to cover that and you can top off at home - for most people.
My case is different because I do not have home charging. I instead have to charge at a Tesla Supercharger or a 3rd party charger like ChargePoint. So I have to think about my range more and what percentage my battery is at.
If you go on a road trip in a long range Model 3, for example, you could charge to 100% and drive from 358 miles on (if new and no battery degradation has occurred). The bigger variable for trip time and range used is the charging network you have access to.
How many stalls are available and will you have to wait in line? Will the charging stations be working or down? Will your vehicle max out at a faster speed or a lower speed. Tesla's Supercharger network make this less of an issue because there are so many Supercharger stations available.
Most people own a vehicle for 6 to 8 years and this will probably increase with EVs. Most owners will own their vehicle for 10 years or more. Batteries do degrade over time, however, gas tanks hold for the most part the same amount of gas. They don't get as bad as a battery does over time. Within the first year or two of an EV, you will see the most amount of battery degradation. It tends to stabilize around 10% to 15% degradation even after 200 thousand miles.
I think as EV's get more range and become cheaper, range will become less of an issue, even if you don't have home charging. Eventually, most EVs will have 300 miles of range or more and batteries will get better making any concerns about range a mute issue. Tesla has a huge advantage with the Supercharger network.
Do you think range matters on an EV? Does battery degradation negatively affect an EV's value?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.