RE: VW e-Up; a bargain?
Good point. So the NEDC for the Fluence is 115 miles, whereas 90-95 is achievable by taking it steady. So an NEDC of 92 miles probably equates to what, 70-75 miles with care? Hmmm, so that equals 60 driving normally. That does clip your wings somewhat as that is 60 miles total with little to spare.
A commute to York and back for me, a journey of 24 miles each way, would be pushing it in winter. Get a diversion or stuck in traffic and I'm stuck. Hmmm. Manufacturers really needs to get away from this focus on a 100 mile NEDC range. It's so restrictive. It's effectively like putting 5 litres of fuel in my Prius. Drive with the heat on in -5c weather and I get 50 mpg and would just make the journey, drive in spring with the heat and a/c off and I could manage 70 mpg.
I so want EV's to work but do fear I see them through the ol' rose tinted specs. A bigger range of 150 miles NEDC is the minimum in my eyes as it facilitates normal driving for normal people in winter. Tesla so far are the only ones who appear to understand the issue - or are not influenced by a profitable petrol/diesel range.
e-Up 92 miles £20,000
Leaf 112 miles £21,000
Fluence 115 miles (is it still for sale?)
Tesla S 240 miles £50,000
Where's the BEV that costs £32,000 and will do 160 miles? Missing segment? Deliberately missing? Who would pay £30,000 for a Leaf that could do 160 miles? Why are BEVs just not selling in the numbers proposed? Personally I think it's the range or lack of. 60 miles in winter doesn't cut it for me.
(playing devils advocate)