A week ago we have the readers of our Saab blog around yours Opinions asked for the use of electric cars in the cold season. Exactly 400 participants have voted, and the result leaves no room for interpretation. Because only 15% see the possibility of coping with the daily distances with an electric vehicle in winter.
Far more, at least 58% of the participants, could consider it, the EV would be equipped with a range extender. Thus, these readers are in the trend, because worldwide is a split from. Only very few countries rely on pure electric drive, including India and China. There, the political will behind the development, while the rest of the world prefers hybrid solutions.
Interesting is the relatively low proportion of 27% who are not in the mood for “adventure”. The acceptance of alternative drive concepts is increasing, and I am sure that 12 months ago more readers would have responded negatively. NEVS-Saab is currently relying on a pure battery solution. As far as we currently know, this will only be installed in China and only for the local market. A sale in Europe is not planned for the time being.
Only the next generation of vehicles from Trollhättan should offer a range extender solution. Is the electric car maybe a dead end?
Electric car in winter, is that possible?
- Yes, but only with Range Extender (58% 232 Votes)
- No, do not feel like adventures (27% 109 Votes)
- Yes, no problem - my ways are short enough (15% 59 Votes)
Total Voters: 400
Some of our readers see a right to exist in small, light cars. The Renault Twizy was named, a commentator suggested a small, light sports car. I like the suggestion. A Sonett successor with electric drive - that would be a lot of driving pleasure. Small, light, environmentally friendly. A small roadster would be good for the brand's image.
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The idea is, admittedly, not really new. Tesla started like that, and the roadster was based on a Lotus base. Driving pleasure was included, and the little two-seater justified the call of Tesla. An option for NEVS? Definitely! The development costs should be manageable, maybe you could also access the lightweight Lotus base.
A new sonnet would be a product that could be appropriately designed, typically Saab. Even if it were traveling with batteries.
Image: Lotus Cars