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Is Range the Most Important Part of the Equation?

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Every conversation about electric cars seems to begin and end with battery range. The Model 3 is no exception.

"The current electric car market is flush with $35,000 cars, and they all have identical range specs of 60-90 miles," says Karl Brauer, senior market analyst for Kelley Blue Book (KBB). "If the Tesla Model 3 can't significantly increase that range, it will sell about as well as the others — which isn't very well."

The current market leader for electric cars is Tesla's own Model S. But at the Model 3's expected price point, the Nissan Leaf that reigns supreme. However, with just over 22,000 units sold in 2013 and only 12,000 units sold so far this year, the Leaf isn't going to make the internal-combustion engine vanish any time soon.
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Tesla doesn't want to sell 20,000 or 30,000 Model 3s each year — it wants to sell hundreds of thousands of them. To meet those lofty expectations, it must overcome the consumer's range anxiety and liberate the electric car from its never-ending search for a charging stations, executive market analyst for KBB Jack R. Nerad told Business Insider.

"If you can't get it to drive for an overnight trip without recharging, it's just not going to work for a lot of people."

Exactly how much range a mass-market electric should have is debated. Something in the ballpark of 60 to 90 miles is obviously not enough. Tesla's Model S P85, with 265 miles of range, deals with the anxiety issue but is expensive at nearly $80,000. However, a middle ground of 180 to 200 miles may allow the Model 3 to have the "versatility and usability" that Nerad believes the car needs to capture the minds — and wallets — of consumers.
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The only thing that I think can change this trend other than increasing range is developing a better charging infrastructure and also speeding up charging times. A combination of improving these three things would all contribute to solving the problem.
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The only thing that I think can change this trend other than increasing range is developing a better charging infrastructure and also speeding up charging times. A combination of improving these three things would all contribute to solving the problem.
so you mean like gas stations yes? A convenient network dispensing 'fuel'? At what cost? I mean for the fuel, I'm not even going to bother asking who's going to build the stations...

just sayin...
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