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  •  Spark EVs have been sold and shipped to (3+ / 0-)
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    out of state buyers:

    Spark EV forum

    To qualify for the California Air Resources Board rebate of $2500, the car needs to be registered in CA.

    Agree with the need to standardize on the DC charging interface.   However, I have not needed it personally and I have concerns on the effects of high current charging.

    OTOH, I will be turning the car in in 3 years and it's under warranty until then.

    •  QC is fine as long as you don't overtop/overdo it (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, BYw

      btw, this crazy British duo took their 2013 Leaf to a 500-mile day trip with 10 QC stops, just to prove it can be done.

      "Siteseeing" highway pit-stops all day... not sure I can stomach it.

      But a strategically placed QC stop can enable stuff like 100-150 mile round trips to mountain trailheads and back (did that last month in the Cascades), or trips to more urban destinations some 100-120 miles away (with ordinary charging at your destination). Without losing much convenience compared to an ICE car.

      •  Because of the active battery temp management (4+ / 0-)
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        Assaf, Calamity Jean, Larsstephens, BYw

        system in the Spark and other EVs, that is probably true.

        A half hour to charge to 80% isn't that bad since most people will want pit-stops for food/bio breaks.  Where I live, a QC capability located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and in those cities would make it possible for day trips between the cities once battery range is around 100 miles/charge.

        •  It does seem to me that a potential pitfall might (1+ / 0-)
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          be the recharging requirements, not including home garage chargers.

          ICE cars get around 300 miles per tank, and takes ~5 minutes to refill. Electric cars may get 40-100 miles per charge, and take ~30 minutes to charge.

          There's going to need to be a lot more chargers out there, at some point. Lots of infrastructure necessary for EVs to become ubiquitous.

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