Hi there Phevdude,Hi everyone - have just ordered my new Eclipse PHEV
Wait time is a reasonable 3 months---- anything is reasonable compared to the 18 months on a RAV4!
After endless research and test driving I chose the PHEV Eclipse.
1/ Same basic size as RAV4 but felt a tighter drive. Loved the way you could run on EV mode only. Ability to charge off my solar a plus. Where is the PHEV Toyota?!
2/ The car in EV only mode drives like a proper EV. I have driven the Tesla and a few others. It felt pretty much the same. Quite, responsive, no gearing etc
3/ No charging infrastructure. Despite this, if I find one - the car has the DC fast charging that should keep me going another 50km (it's all i do each day to from work) in only 15-20 mins...that is pretty good... if only there were more chargers out there!
4/ Should be a pretty good bridge into full EV ownership whilst waiting for more fast charger technology which IMO is the NO.1 thing holding back EV rollouts...I get to find, follow and learn to use the charger stations without all anxiety about "what if there isn't a space?" or what if they are broken, or will it make me run late waiting for my next business appointment? ie you have to be able to compete with the 5-10 min petrol full 400km capacity tank fill at the pump..I'd rather wait till fast charging on the road and greater battery capacity is main stream in AUS.. this is the best of both worlds
I also ordered a Phev Eclipse Cross just before Christmas, expecting delivery in March.
My rationale was the following set of reasons:
1. I have a daily commute of around 25km to work and back, well within the phev range. This would be around 80 to 90 percent of it's use.
2. I can plug in at home and at work.
3. I ski in the winter, around 170kms round trip. 4wd is a must have.
4. I occasionally tow a boat of around 1.4 tonne.
5. Our children have just left home, so a smaller Suv suits our normal requirements.
6. We have a general desire to reduce emissions for the planet, without creating a huge usage compromise. The additional cost of the Phev is the variable that we are prepared to wear.
7. I don't want an Ev at this stage due to the expected high planning requirements for recharging spots around NZ.
I agree with most of your points, and find it interesting that I have a few others to add.
Do any of mine resonate?