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QOTW: What should be the minimum range for an electric car?

by Parm Mann on 13 October 2017, 16:31

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It was fascinating to hear whether or not your next car will be electric, and for those of you who are thinking of making the switch (or have done already), there's another question that's ripe for debate: what should be the minimum range for an electric car?

There are now a fair few models that promise a range of over 100 miles - the 2017 Nissan Leaf will do 107, the BMW i3 manages 114 and the Volkswagen e-Golf promises 125 miles - while premium models such as the upcoming Tesla Model 3 offer a range of at least 215 miles.

Are such figures enough for your daily commute, or do you have a preferred minimum in mind? Let us know using the comments facility below.



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As my Mum lives 218 miles away, I think this would have to be my minimum viable range.
It is all relative to the infrastructure and charge times, I would be happy with 100 miles if there was a charge station every 25 - 50 miles with quick charging options. but in all honesty the car charging lanes on roads is what we really need for electric to really take off.

It is the overall lifespan of the battery and how much they cost to replace that would be more important to me once the range is no longer as much of an issue.
infinity, yes, i will just add a perpetual generator to mine, you can make from a direct drive wind turbine and some TEG peltiers
It'd have to beat the maximum range my current car has (660 miles, I believe), while at the same time having all the electronic features operating. No having to sacrifice one for t'other.
ca197
As my Mum lives 218 miles away, I think this would have to be my minimum viable range.

Does your mum have electricity? otherwise the range of your electric car should be at least 2 x 218 miles (436miles)! return journey!

Any range calculations should take in account the return journey & ease of recharge of battery (time) and possible weather conditions, time of day etc and finally the health of the battery! :help: