Darlouis wrote: ↑Tue May 03, 2022 5:16 am
...I don't care too much for the 'must be ground up platform' issue some EV nerds keep raising. While there might be some benefits to doing so, a good well built car is a good car, regardless. I'd personally take an i4 over a ground up EV design Model 3...
This bugs me terribly. An ICE car necessarily HAS to be designed around the powerplant, transmission, and gas tank. I hate unnecessarily long hoods on EVs as well as transmission tunnels taking up valuable interior space. Front suspension and steering is a compromise because they have to be designed around a gas engine. There's extra structural weight where it doesn't need to be, designed to support loads that aren't there.
I think, unfortunately or not, that even with purpose-built EVs we'll stuck with long hoods for a while because designers are attempting to appeal to an ICE-accustom buyer, and they don't want some that "looks weird" or are just plain attracted to the power that a long hood has traditionally expressed.
It's not fair to use the Model 3 as a stand-in for "ground up EV design," despite me agreeing with you that I'd rather own an i4 than a Model 3. But given other choices, the i4 is pretty far down my list.