The problem with BEVs isn't just the range problem. It's a dual problem: short range and long recharge time. Increasing the range exacerbates the second problem. Level 1 recharging can replenish, at most, 14kwh in an 8 hour period. The Nissan Leaf is rated 2.9kwh/mi, so in 8 hours you can get maybe 40 miles of range. A level 2 charger can supply up to 40kwh in an 8hr period (for a home based system) so figure 115 mile range. But a level 2 charger costs hundreds of dollars just for the charger and hundreds more to to have an electrician install it. Figure $1k minimum.

But short range and long recharge times aren't the only problem. If I run my gasoline car empty I face an inconvenient walk to a gas station. If I run a BEV out of charge I risk bricking a battery pack that costs tens of thousands of dollars. So it's not just a dual problem, it's a triple problem.

But it's not just short range, long recharge time, and serious consequences if you guess wrong about your range problem. It's not easy to estimate your range in a BEV. Higher speeds significantly decrease range. Cold temperatures and hot temperatures significantly decrease range. So it's actually a quad problem: short range, long recharge time, hard to calculate range, and serious consequences if you guess wrong.

But it's not just a quad problem. Unlike a gasoline tank, a battery pack loses charge by self discharge. Cold temperatures greatly increase the rate of self discharge. Remember the NYT reporter that lost 2/3 of his charge one cold night at a motel in his Tesla? He ended up towing the car to a charging station. So it's not just a quad problem but a cinquenta(?) problem.

But it's not just a cinquenta(?) problem. Your battery pack suffers degradation with each charge and discharge. Hot temperatures greatly increase the rate of degradation. A few years down the road and that battery pack that barely took you where you needed to go will not get you there.

And so on and so on. The question is why? Why put up with all the limitations and problems of a BEV? The Prius and Ioniq HEVs have 600 to 700 mile range, can be refueled in less than 5 minutes all with no additional expense or electric infrastructure build out. They cost much less to buy and resale value will be much higher. HEVs are cleaner or just as clean as a BEV (unless your power source is nuclear). Why BEV? In the US, gasoline is actually cheaper in some markets than electricity, in other markets where electricity is marginally cheaper, you'll never recover the steep depreciation of your BEV. You'll never get any type of financial payoff going BEV.

Why BEV?