also in GM / GMI news is the nextgen Volt
which, according to a video I can't see just now, will get a bigger battery among other improvements contributing to a possibly 60-70 mile e-range
Originally Posted by MechEng
...the next gen Volt battery basically has the same battery capacity as the 2015 Spark EV (Same cell format and same number of cells). The Spark EV got a whole new battery for the 2015 model year using LG Chem cells.
The (current) 2015 Volt basically gets an EPA rated 40 miles EV on a 17.1KWh battery (11.4KWh usable).[note GM did not re-certify the 2015 Volt EV range with the battery size increase] The 2015 Spark EV is ~19KWh (15.2KWh usable)...
the other day I found a ConsumerGuide article
a gallon of gas contains the same amount of energy as 33.7 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity"
here's my current thinking for Lincoln Plug-Ins' batteries
MKC = 15.2kWh (twice the Ford Energis')
MKZ = 19.1 (half way to...)
MKX = 23 ( = the Focus Electric)
MKS(wic) = 33.7**
MKT/XLG = ^ditto
and for Rwd-based vehhicles with electrics only on the front wheels
Navi = 15.2-to-33.7
Conti = ^ditto
Aviator = ^ditto
AviatorSport = Ø(E-wd) or 7.6 or 15.2
LincStang = ditto^
...the short wheelbase AvSport and LincStang(s) keep battery size DOWN to keep weight DOWN
in keeping with their 'prime directive'...
** imho it would make a big(ger) impact for 'Mer'can owners to be able to think/talk about their cars' e-capacity as "gallons of electricity"
when looking at the regenerative-braking "re-filling" their e
& for pure BEVs
maybe keep their batteries as multiples of 33.7 kWh??
67.4 kWh = 2 gallons of electricity
84¼ kWh = 2 & a half g/e's
101.1 kWh = 3 g/e's
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from GMI's Volt thread
Originally Posted by MechTec
...Also I disagree with your claim of the need of a 60 - 70 mile range. What would be the point of that? Now you are spending thousands of dollars for less than 5% of the target demographic. The cost benefit just isn't there. Plus now you are just carrying around a range extender that you will almost never use. Sure there are people that have greater than a 50 mile commute. But they are a very small minority. The majority of people do not...
just-imho ^that^ simply does Not apply to Lux e
What I've heard them say(brag) the most is about how rarely they buy gas
it's really about one-upmanship
how many people really use 300hp - 400hp - 500hp - 600hp . . .
yet think Luxo Brands hafta offer that