A few people, myself and the CEO of VW included, have been saying that shorter range EVs will be more popular in the years ahead. They just make more sense. Most people drive fewer than 40 miles per day. That’s trivial to charge overnight in your driveway using ordinary household current. The cars are cheaper and lighter weight too, which makes them more efficient. yada yada yada…

Apparently, Tesla is trying out the market for short range cars now too — [https://electrek.co/2021/04/09/tesla-starts-advertising-model-3-93-miles-range-website-canada/](https://electrek.co/2021/04/09/tesla-starts-advertising-model-3-93-miles-range-website-canada/)

The article makes it sound like the govt. of Canada is pushing them into it. We’ll see. Long range is essential for only a handful of use-cases. Otherwise it’s like a jacked-up pickup truck–why do you need all that range (and weight, and cost) for a soccer-mom kind of car that never goes more than 50 miles in a day?

(Regarding the cost, according to this book you can convert a classic sports car to EV with *more* than 100 miles of range for *less* than $20,000. Sounds like a better deal to me! — [https://www.amazon.com/Convert-step-step-converting-electric/dp/1946767034](https://www.amazon.com/Convert-step-step-converting-electric/dp/1946767034) )

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8 thoughts on “Short range Tesla”
  1. The main reason to offer that vehicle is to get the msrp under $45k CAD to qualify for rebates. Because it has the same battery pack and range is only limited by software it doesn’t actually cost any less for Tesla to build it.

    They’re likely banking on no one actually wanting/buying it. They’d likely lose money on every one they sold at $45k.

  2. Until the charging infrastructure catches up, I don’t think these 40 mile range cars would sell well in the USA. It’s what’s preventing me from buying one just yet. Most of my summer travel is on state highways, and here in Idaho there are only charging stations along the freeway and in a few urban centers. Drive a few hours north and unless you have a generator or a friend along the way with a plug, you are hosed.

  3. For that market to make sense, the low range cars would have to be substantially cheaper.
    Tesla would need a compact commuter car (Chevy Spark, Ford Fiesta size) and they don’t have one and to price it under $20,000, they aren’t interested in it at this time.
    It would take significant automation of the assembly line to bring the cost down to that level.

  4. The other part of it is Americans drive further in bigger cars than the rest of the world. Few people in Europe or Asia want or need a 300 mile range in a car that comfortably seats 4 six foot adults.

  5. This will absolutely become a thing in the future. One car with a 100 mile range and no dcfc and one for long trips. I make this argument every time someone says the Bolt is crippled because it can’t change fast.

    There are millions of households that own a vehicle that literally never goes on long trips. Charging speed and range are irrelevant to these people.

  6. The mistake people make with this line of thinking is that most carbuyers are rational or only buying it based on strict metrics or only their needs. And unfortunately that’s not how people buy cars.

    People will buy off-road vehicles (or cars advertised as off-road) and never do anything except grocery shopping with it. Or they buy huge pick-up trucks just to project power and masculinity to others even if they can’t actually afford it.

    If small-range cars were considered a good fit by consumers, then subcompact cars with good mileage should be flying off dealer lots and they’d be topping sales charts, and obviously that’s not what is happening.

    I just don’t see demand for low range cars being more than a niche at best. It could maybe work for urban areas, but even then I see the whole idea falling apart as soon as someone needs to drive out of town for anything.

  7. Old news. Tesla has been offering this for over a year. The only thing that’s changed is it’s on the website, you could always order one.

  8. That os true for someone that can charge over night daily. Some people need public charging and for that having a car with range for a entire week helps.
    And let’s face it. The majority of car owners don’t have a place to charge at home. If we want mass adoption the high range cars are needed even for people with normal commutes.

    For exemple I own a Kona and charge it weekly when i go grocery shopping on weekends and once in a while during the week if need it.

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