BigKetchup wrote: ↑
Thu May 14, 2020 4:27 pm
What benefits? I'm all for driving something that emits less pollution if that's what you're referring to, unless it's something else.
Sure, less pollution can be a benefit, depending on where your electricity comes from but that's not really what I was referring to. I was referring to things like max torque at all speeds, almost zero maintenance (a bit for the REX), silent engine, "refueling" in your garage. Those kinds of things. Disadvantages of course, taking a long trip would suck. Less so in a REX, but even then you're stopping to fuel up every hour or so. Other things like one-pedal driving are purely opinion but it seems like most people quickly get used to it and really like it. I'm still getting used to it and I'm a bit on the fence, but overall I'd give it a thumbs up.
When you first start driving an EV you notice how quiet it is, but quickly get used to it. It's not until you've driven one, gotten used to no engine sounds, then drive an ICE car that you realize just how loud and somewhat annoying engines can be. Before you judge me for being a tree hugging hippie "sound pollution police" type, know that I have a classic Corvette, crazy modified turbo swapped classic Celica and a V8 Grand Cherokee. I love the sound of a rumbling V8 and the hiss of a blow-off valve when shifting gears under boost. Fun weekend cars for sure, but if I'm commuting 45 minutes each way (which I was and will again when the corona thing calms down), I want the quiet of an EV.
There are probably other advantages that I'm not thinking of or that other see as pluses that I couldn't care less about, but those are my biggies.
edit: One more thing I thought of but I haven't experienced yet, preconditioning. You can set a schedule such that when it's time to leave your car is all warmed up, or cooled down, and ready for you. You can kinda do that with an ICE vehicle, just hit remote start and let it sit for a few minutes, but this is a bit different. For one, you can do it in your garage without risking carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, it can be scheduled. Not only will the inside cabin be nice and comfortable, it also gets the battery pack to optimal temps to maximize battery range. You do need to be plugged in, and I believe it needs to be a level 2 or DC fast charger. I'm making a big assumption that the i3 isn't the only EV with this feature and that no ICE vehicles can do it (risk of carbon monoxide poisoning makes me think no car manufacturer would risk this in an ICE vehicle).