Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want a world where EVs are the only option, but they are really compelling for a daily commuter car.
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I think the biggest obstacle is the last piece. RR and the like listen to their customers very closely.
With that being said, my next new car purchase will most likely be an EV of some sort. I've come to the realization that most new cars feel so disconnected, I might as well be driving an EV and saving on gas and maintenance costs.
I’m not sold on the “customer demand” as a prerequisite. Often, customers don’t know what they want until it’s available.
As for the customer demand part, Rolls Royce regularly trots out concepts and floats ideas by their customers. I actually do think they know what their [relatively] small customer base wants. Younger customers have already indicated they’re open to EVs but it’s got to be a no compromise operation. They also expect to see increased demand when/if ICE cars are banned from city centers. I don’t expect RR to announce serious plans for another year or two.
Three weeks ago, we test drove a Model 3 to replace the Si. A move is happening, commutes are getting longer and the 3 was a wonderful place to spend time. The seats were some of the most comfortable I've ever sat in. Currently on our 2nd i3, and had a Prius Plug In before that, and EV ownership (well, leasing-ship) had been nothing short of wonderful.
A Model 3's operating costs are so low, that it is easily the payment of a Camry - except never going for fuel unless you're on a road trip. The monthly nut is not monetary thing, it's a psychological thing and we'll be over that once the move is done next month.
We also just leased a new Bolt last Tuesday for my Mom. It, too is a wonderful car - really wonderful for what it cost! At 6'8/340 pounds I've had zero issues with the seats even after a two hour ride last Friday.They seats have a lot of range of adjustment that I think just takes since working out to hit the spot. The i3 goes back in August, so I'm piling up miles on it.
EV ownership still takes some people to open up their minds. We have a friend insistent 300 miles of range wasn't enough for his daily - so he just got a CPO 540i. The entire concept of leaving home every day with a "full" tank was never understood; and he was too ignorant to listen. He already hates the 540, three days in
You know, as hard as Buick ran away from it's couch in a boat old man image, this thread makes me think EVs should adopt it.
"EVs, just like your grandfather's Buick"
EVs are awesome and I really hope they become our new daily driving standard.
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.
I’ll own an EV in the not too distant future but I’ll be pretty damn surprised if it’s noticeably less-fatiguing than my current car. I’ve never really thought of fatigue at all with any of my cars, but I’ve also never owned something as interesting as a Lotus.
For me the fatigue isnt so much from NVH but from actually driving. Even with basic Auto pilot, highways are relaxing and you dont have to focus on keeping the car straight, braking, or accelerating. Just keep your hand on the wheel and chill.
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All this talk of noise and vibrations is a little bit of a stretch if you ask me, but it depends what type of car we're comparing against. Don't get me wrong I'm obviously into ev's. I had a prius prime, and two model 3's.
I'm a current tesla model 3 owner - however, I think I have a buyer so I won't be after the next week.
I'm also a 2005 lexus GX owner. The GX is an old school 15 year old car. Its built like a tank, quiet at idle and cruising etc. I feel no more fatigue driving that car. In fact, in certain situations of bad weather, I feel less fatigue cause I'm riding up higher than everyone, and being in an SUV is relaxing to me.
Now was there fatigue in my civic type R? You bet your ass there was... That car stressed me out after having my first model 3. So compared to a PERFORMANCE car that generally rides rough, has manual shifting, etc... yes, tesla has muuuuuuuuuch less fatigue. Compared to a normal, refined, vehicle, not so much. For certain situations, yes - auto pilot on a long highway drive, or even a shorter one in the right environment, very very nice.
In closing, for what its worth - I'm looking to get into a cheaper ev as I really do love an ev for running around town, commuting to work, etc. Its so nice to just turn on, go, and never pump gas. Hopefully me abandoning tesla doesn't backfire again. I do love elon and the company, but typically dislike the owners, and dislike the extreme lack of personality.
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Like so many of you for me the ideal would be commuting in an electric car and having a toy for the weekend car.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park