The first question for participants of the CTI SYMPOSIUM USA was ‘How much range does a BEV SUV need to be a viable product?’ The audience voted via a smartphone app, with a clear majority (45%) favoring 300 to 400 miles. Even 250 miles was only enough for a small minority (5%). Alexander Edwards said he personally only drove a few miles to work, but his research showed that 48 percent of drivers expect an electric range of 300 miles. Mike Duhaime said he drives about 75 miles a day and charges daily; nevertheless he also sees 300 miles as the minimum range for long-haul vehicles. Larry Nitz said he drives 120 miles a day and has no problems with his Chevrolet Bolt, which has a combined range of 238 miles in the combined EPA cycle.
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