That's not really anything to do with luxury thoughPhilMabbots17 wrote: ↑Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:12 amThe comments are interesting. But the journey itself was a mess and demonstrates pretty conclusively that cars like this are only useful for home based journeys up to 100 miles and back, or 140 if you don't use any headlights, aircon or radio and drive permanently at 47 mph. Who needs a "luxury" car that lacks the primary "luxury" of actually getting anywhere useful at a decent speed?
It's not the luxury that's the problem. if an EV fits your main journey style, then someone will always want a more luxurious option. Also, if you look at the 'budget' options then it does seem like the main cost would be the battery. Hyundai - 28kWH, Nissan 40kWH, and really low range for about £30k. Tesla, 75-100kWH and Jaguar 90 kWH for more range, but heavier more feature laden vehicles and a whopping jump in price. If you're paying the money that Jag/Tesla want, and you get a Nissan interior, they're not going to sell many. In the £70k+ car market, regardless of propulsion method you expect something nice inside.
No-one's going to buy a £50k bare bones, but big battery Dacia Duster equivalent. An EV at whatever price has to compete with other cars at it's price point, which is why the Hyundai's, Nissan's etc. are a tough sell at the low end, because they don't look like great value to start with. If the higher price you pay for en EV wipes out the fuel savings, and at the end of your three-five year use you've not made a big saving, why sacrfice the ease of use, etc. unless you are stubbornly principled
So that journey would have been significantly worse in a budget option with zero chance of actually making it there on effectively a single charge worth of battery, even if it was like the original trio's trip back from France in diesels some time back. In some ways that would be the better test. Just how awful would the family holiday trip to Cornwall with a fully laden affordable EV with kids be? Could you actually get there in a day? How many holiday homes could you really charge the car at once you arrived? How much normal driving around Cornwall could you do once there?