Rapid charging doesn't take 40 minutes on every electric car, my (relatively) ancient Leaf only took 20 mins and that's if I wanted a 0% to 80% charge - in reality, many EV owners just do a 'splash and dash' and only charge for as much as they need.monkeyhanger wrote: ↑Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:41 pm That's incorrect. There are now more charging points than Petrol stations as per the survey Nissan did in 2019, but given that a typical petrol station has 12 to 18 filling points, the number of cars that can use a petrol station simultaneously dwarfs the number of EVs that can use a charging point simultaneously.
Also to consider that an ICE car will be at that fuel pump for no more than 5 mins vs 40 mins+ on a rapid charge station (use of rapid charging points will seriously reduce the service capacity of your battery if used frequently enough). It's still a huge issue.
For those handful of early adopters out there on the roads with their EVs right now, how many of them made their choice because they do have off-,street parking to allow charging from home or they do have exclusive use of that small bank of chargers at work because no-one else at work has an EV?
As soon as there's enough EVs out there for those drivers to have some serious competition for charging spots, that's when people will regret having an EV.
Anyone living in a flat right now that doesn't have a spare charging point at their place of work right now won't even consider an EV.
Until the government pulls their finger out and starts having many streetside charging points (maybe fed from the street light network), or rapid charging twch progresses to 15 min charges with enough charging points to rival the number of filling points that the petrol station network has, EV can't work for the masses.
That's all without considering the extra pressure on our grid. As soon as EV use starts putting a significant hole in the government's fuel duty and VAT coffers, electricity will get expensive - that's without considering how the expanded charging infrastructure is going to be paid for.
Indeed, if you go to the likes of the fantastic charging station in Dundee, there are people monitoring how long you use the bays.
Rapid charging doesn't hammer batteries either, umpteen examples of taxi companies and other users disproving that particular nonsense.
I do agree massive adoption now would be problematic, but basically every other point you have is based on that and therefore irrelevant.
After only a week of driving this noisy, jerky mess of a car I do wish I'd pushed harder for an ID3 or maybe a higher power Leaf.
I'd have the acceleration performance I need without all the tiring nonsense.
But I've made my bed for two years, probably....maybe...