How much range would you need to consider a electric car

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    How much range(miles) on a single charge would an electric car need before you would consider one?

    Me, 400 miles. :eusa_silenced: :eusa_boohoo:
    0 to 60 in 5 seconds
    Under 3 hour full recharge
    100,000 miles before replacement of the battery
    Battery replacement under a few thousand dollars(tops)
     
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    Some of us have already answered the question by buying one. So for me, its 40 miles. Works quite nicely too.
     
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    Same range and performance as a regular car.
     
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    $15 -$20,000
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    With gas engine backup, I could live with a 200 mile range

    Good with 3 HR recharge and batteries lasting 100,000 miles
     
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    Actually RW -- the answer may be counter-intuitive.. There's a guy who writes for IEEE magazine (my Electrical Eng professional org) who thinks Chevy blew it by even going for 40 or 50 mile range. His argument is that 25 miles would make the charge times lower, and the price MUCH lower and create a much smaller waste stream when all those batteries get recycled. Depends on what problem you're solving for people.. Actually a street ready GOLF CART would solve 60% of my road trips. (OK -- a golf cart with bucket seats and a reasonable sound system.) Guess thats why there's a Smart Car --- :D

    1/2 the price of a Volt.. Maybe the guy is right. Smart Car has been averaging 11,000 sales a year...

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    With the same refueling time.
     
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    Just driving around town is 15 to 20 miles one trip. It is 5 miles just to get to any major shopping areas. And if I go aboard base that is 10 to 12 miles one way. So I wold say no less then 200 even for town driving and 400 if I wanted to go long distance. 3 hours is a long time to waste recharging too. Now if they had cheap batteries and easily replaced....
     
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    The real question should be, "why hasn't the range of electric cars increased even a few miles since their first widespread use just after WWI?".
     
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    400 miles and a fast recharge is a bare minimum for me too. It is not unsual in my part of the world for civilized areas to be 100 or more miles apart, and sometimes those places are at best tiny communities that would not have a recharging station. Getting stranded out in the middle of nowhere, most especially in inclimate weather, is not something I care to seriously risk.

    Also when I was working I could easily put 400 or more miles on my car in a day and that included a lot of stops along the way,. Does a lot of stop and go driving require as much extra fuel in an electric car as it does in a standard gasoline powered vehicle?
     

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