[Oeva-list] EV charging considerations

Theoldcars at aol.com Theoldcars at aol.com
Sun Jul 25 16:37:30 PDT 2010

I could not agree with Richard more. Having an EV with about 20 miles of 
range I found was only limiting for personal trips than for transportation to 
work. When I upgraded to a NiMH with 40 to 50 miles of range it really took 
care of just about all my driving needs with range to spare. I also have a 
RAV4 EV with 90 to 100 miles of range but its full range is hardly ever used.
I think Nissan made a good move limiting the Leaf's range to 80 to 100 
miles. To keep costs down so more people can afford to buy an EV. 
All I can say to an ICE driver is don't dismiss how much driving you can do 
with an EV with 30 or 40 miles of range for local use. For some people this 
might replace all their ICE miles. Many seem to scoff at the idea of 30 to 
40 miles but it not any where near as limiting as most ICE drivers believe 
it to be.
In a message dated 7/25/2010 3:57:27 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
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Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 14:33:41 -0700
From: "Richard Hamje" <richard at hamje.net>
Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] EV charging considerations.
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In my opinion, EV's will only displace a small number of ICE miles... and 
probably very few ICE "units" because it's likely that families will have"one 
of each".

I don't disagree that many families will have one of each.  However, the EV 
would be the preferred car for all but long commutes or road trips because 
it is so much cheaper to operate.  So while the units displacement may be 
small, the miles displaced is likely to be disproportionately larger.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that 78% of Americans drive 
less than 20 miles one-way per weekday, 51% less than 10 miles.  The 
average total miles driven is now about 10,000 (has been declining recently), or 
about 27.4 miles per day which works out to 137 miles per workweek assuming a 
similar amount of driving on weekends.  This works out to a 13.7 mile 
one-way trip per weekday which is consistent with the first statistics.  All of 
this driving is easily done with an EV.

Without the detailed trip data, it's not possible to tell what percentage 
of all trips would be outside the range of an EV, but guessing from the above 
numbers it might be around 20%.

So, if the EV is the preferred vehicle in the driveway, and if 80% of all 
trips can be done with the EV, we'd expect to see ICE-driven mileage drop by 
a huge amount - from around 10,000 miles per year to perhaps 2,000.  Best of 
all, the short trips being displaced are the least efficient for an IC and 
most efficient for an EV.

So what if you drive the ICE car on a few road trips every year?  This is 
the best and most efficient use for an ICE - and the money required to build 
and charge EVs for this purpose could probably be better used elsewhere in 
the energy infrastructure (home solar charging?).  No vehicle (ICE or EV) is 
perfect for every purpose.  You wouldn't plow fields with a minivan or 
commute on a farm tractor.   My personal belief is that "range anxiety" is an 
artifice being promoted by powerful organizations with a big stake in the ICE 


Richard Hamje
822 SE 45th Avenue
Portland, OR  97215
richard at hamje.net
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