Thought of the Day: Electric Car Upgrades and Options

Mark responds to Nikki’s thoughts from Friday on trying to install public charging stations every 45 miles — even in remote areas — and talks about possible electric car upgrades and options.

Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of the Transport Evolved universe. Every weekday, Nikki and Mark will take it in turns to explore a story that catches our eye, developing a back and forth conversation between Transport Evolved’s two regular hosts.

As with our Quick Charge series, our Thought of the Day will be recorded very simply on a single smartphone, but then quickly edited together using the jump cut edit style popular with many YouTube vlogs. We think this style complements our other shows and offers us a different way to share our thoughts with you, our readers and viewers.

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  • vdiv

    It is not happening with generation X and with the millenials at any significant rate either 🙁 In fact I see more folks in their 50’s and 60’s driving EVs than I see in their 20’s and 30’s.nnAs far as options are concerned the economies of scale are barely there for a single trim LEAF. To have different battery and motor options would make the cost of each higher. I think this is why Nissan’s EV strategy has been making and selling one car world-wide as much as possible.

  • Guy Gooch

    I’m 56 Mark I don’t know if that makes me a “boomer” or not but I have been a Eco / Recycle Reuse, Urban Gardening person for a very long time. I feel a responsibility to the Earth that was given to us.. nBeing finally able to afford an EV is AWESOME!! I’d love to push a switch, like Over Drive and put some longer distances in my LEAF.. nThese are awesome times my brother.. nGreat discussions and comment.. n

  • Interesting question on efficiency. nnI hesitate to say maintaining an average of 60-70 MPH in a LEAF u2026 driving just a few miles from home to highway, (or entering/exiting highway to charge) will drop average speed. It could be interesting exercise to review LeafSpy data log and plot effiency over a route. nnBack to efficiency u2026 Would a better gain be possible from changing gearing vs. upgrades to inverter or motor (eg: better cooling, or upgraded electronics)?nnFYI:nThere is a nice graph of efficiency based on motor speed and torque.n includes plots for 2010/2011 & 2012/2013 editions with urban spteed range notedn- note plot is of motor efficiency, not EV efficiency (ie: better motor effeincy at high speed still faces increased aero & tire drag)

  • Richard Goldsmith

    So, what you’re saying, Mark, is how about a two electric motor drive system with a planetary gearbox so as to manage the revs of the motor(s) to not be in the inefficient higher end ranges? I think youv’e just designed a Voltec drive without a petrol engine! Nice one.