This is the unrealistic part. Range is basically determined by battery capacity. Expecting battery capacity to double, or the energy required to travel a given distance to halve is just unrealistic, and is not going to happen. You may be able to shave/add a few percent here and there by clever engineering, but massive improvements (of the order of 50-100%) in either are just not going to happen.slogen51 wrote: ↑Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:38 pmHopefully advances in battery technology will either speed up charging to under 10 minutes or preferably drastically improve the range to over 500 miles or even 1000 miles would be perfect. I could tolerate an overnight charge if I got two weeks or a months worth of motoring.
Tesla 3's are (apparantly) available in 54, 62 and 75Kwh versions, and claim 350 mile range for the 75Kwh version - (got my doubts about that on a cold winter night but lets go with it for now). To get 500 miles unrefuelled range you're looking at probably 100Kwh, and 1000 miles 200Kwh capacity. It will take twice as long to recharge a battery that's twice the capacity. Even the new V3 supercharger stations are only 250Kw, so close to an hour to recharge a fully flat car 200Kwh - and that's assuming no-one else is sharing the charging station with you.
What people don't understand is how good petrol is at storing energy. You can pump 50-80L into your car (enough to do 500+ miles usually) and be gone in under 10 minutes. Refilling an electric car will take 3-4 times longer. If your daily usage is rarely over 200 miles, and you can recharge overnight at home then great, go for it.
But can you imagine a Priory/Elder Forest exercise day. 200 miles to Lincolnshire, then 8 hours of racing around various airbases chasing after 3T123, and then 200 miles home again. Oh - we'll miss the 18 WGAF Alpha Jets in Waddo because I've got to stop for 30 minutes to recharge.