[Oeva-list] Fwd: target market

Scott Hippe scott.hippe at me.com
Sat May 21 12:53:53 PDT 2011

Public transportation in most cities has never been able to pick me up at home and bring me to the office.  Even if you could make
it work, it takes at least twice as long as an individual car.  New York City, San Francisco and Chicago may be exceptions, but I
don't live there.

Perhaps the future of public transportation would be autonomous EVs that pick you and drop you off right where you want to go
(think Johnny Cab from the movie Total Recall).  But I doubt I will see that in my lifetime.  Meanwhile, I have my Leaf which is
the next best thing available.

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> From: Steve's Account <stevel at fern.com>
> Date: May 21, 2011 11:47:15 AM PDT
> To: oeva-list at oeva.org
> Subject: [Oeva-list] target market
> Tracy writes:
>> What Scott said goes ditto for me. I have never used a public charging 
>> station so far and doubt I will. I charge at home at night while sleeping 
>> and on rare occasions during the day.
>> I did not buy my Leaf to drive across country, or even across state. 
>> I wanted an all electric car that was capable of freeway driving and did 
>> not look like something made for a clown to drive in a circus. 
> I do think that Scott and Tracy are correct in their assessment of the
> "right fit" for the current crop of EV's.
> Unfortunately, the area covered by their usage paterns is also the 
> area best covvered by public transit.
> One sad observation about highly efficient vehicles is that they often
> sell to folks who already have highly efficient vehicles and are looking
> to get "just that little bit better."
> Had the target market been a 200 mile range with charging at home, they 
> would have gotten a demographic that has less access to public transit
> and drives more miles per year. It's these folks that will, by using
> an EV have a bigger impact on fuel consumption, than someone who used
> little fuel to start with.
> Steve
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