Amen to that!Every EV manufacturer besides Tesla (including Rivian) is facing the same hurdle: a robust fast charging network.
I strongly disagree with that. I suppose it really depends on how you define "long". To my way of thinking I guess that would be anything over 500 miles.Most people will rarely (if ever) make a long road trip in their EV,
Whether or not it is considered a right I couldn't say but if we want people to replace their ICE cars with BEVs we have to accept that range anxiety must go away to the extent that potential buyers don't see any difference with respect to this between the two types of vehicles....but the freedom to do so is a very important consideration. Particularly in the US, it ranks as close to a "basic human right" in the minds of many.
I don't want to have to rent a car for a road trip and I don't have to with a Tesla. And that includes going places where the SC network does not reach. Whatever the mission (local trip or road trip) I just want to be able to jump into the car and go. A year's experience with Tesla has shown me that I can in fact do that but I would not expect someone who has no experience with Tesla nor all Tesla drivers to necessarily accept that. Would I like more range? Certainly - it's one of the reasons for reserving an R1T and, subsequently a CyberTruck. Note that in one year the advertised range of these similar sized vehicles went up by 100 miles. I by no means think that the battery technology advancement curve is flattening at this point.It likely makes more sense to rent a vehicle for occasional long trips than consistently haul around huge batteries "just in case".
Another thing to bear in mind when thinking about trucks and SUVs is that the larger batteries are not there solely for road trip range. They are also there to enable towing just as the larger gas tanks are in ICE vehicles used for this purpose.
That's because those cars have, in terms of today's technology, pretty poor range and limited charging infrastructure.Audi offers free rental days with their e-tron (and other vehicles). Fiat did that with their 500e as well.
Tesla's huge advantage in the marketplace today is that it has batteries, the means to charge them and an insured supply of them and the technologists to advance them within house. The other companies do indeed have a lot of catching up to do. I don't want to see Tesla emerge as the only player on the field though it is clear they will dominate for some years. I guess Tesla has me convinced that starting with a clean sheet of paper, i.e. free of the strictures imposed by traditional ways of producing motor vehicles, is the path to success in BEVs. As Rivian has taken this same approach but without gimmicks like making the vehicles out of plastic found on the beach or looking like a WWII Jeep, I have more confidence in them than the others in the field. The hefty infusions of cash help too. The dead elephant in the room is, of course, the EA charging network. Running the trips I do with the Tesla through ABRP using the Rivian model makes it look as if those trips are doable if not as conveniently as with a Tesla. I expect things to improve here but I am still a bit concerned.This is likely the biggest barrier to widespread adoption - we'll see if this years EA build-out this gets it to the point where the Supercharger was 3 years ago. They have a lot of catching up to do.
They have already done quite a bit of testing with the Ford mules, the run up the South American continent etc.From what we have seen from Rivian, they are much more likely to follow the traditional approach. We will likely see the production line fired up to produce vehicles (that will be extensively tested but never be sold) about 6 months before actual production begins.