Daimler Boss Says a 310-Mile Range is the Sweet Spot for EVs

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - March 9, 2016

We all know that alternative fuels will, eventually, replace gasoline, but what we don’t know is which alternative fuel will take its place. The most likely of fuels is electricity, but there is an underlying problem in their range. While many gasoline cars go well over 350 miles on a tank of gas, most electric cars fall in the 100-mile range and need hours to recharge. Daimler boss, Dieter Zetsche, spoke up regarding this at the Geneva Auto Show and mentioned what he thinks will be a range that'll make the average EV acceptable to the typical buyer.

According to Automotive News, the head of Daimler said that while there is no mystical number that will lead to the dethroning of gasoline-powered vehicles, he thinks that 130 miles per charge is a good round number. He also made it clear that this doesn’t mean that all gasoline cars would immediately disappear at this point, but instead, that would be a slow and ongoing replacement.

There are, however, other big changes that must happen before this can be a reality. One of the biggest steps is the reduction of battery costs. According to Zetsche, the current price of batteries is hovering around $170 per kWh, and they need to fall to around $110 to $130 per kWh to make this upward movement in range a possibility without cranking prices up too high.

Zetsche also made it clear that the further introduction of plug-in hybrids—a segment where Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand has been fairly aggressive—is another big step in the naturalization of full EVs.

If you agree with the head of Daimler and are in the market for a plug-in hybrid, there are several great deals to choose from. The 2017 Volt, for example, is available on a 39-mo. lease for $299 per mo. Alternatively, you can get 2.9 percent APR for up to 48 months. Also available is the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi on a 36-mo. lease for just $149 per mo. Buyers can also opt for 0 percent APR for up to 60 months.

, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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