In a lot of the rest of the world where fuel isn't (almost) free the break even for installing a charging station is quite different. Here up north most places are already wired for electric engine heaters anyway. Sure it's no fast charger but 2-3kW for overnight charging will still work pretty well for a lot of people.mrbrian200 wrote: ↑Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:45 amI don't think BMW is in denial so much as they simply acknowledge the reality that until some sort of fuel cell technology is perfected, pure EVs will have a limited market. Lithium batteries really aren't a good solution, only good for city dwellers 'tooling about town/routine daily commute' if you will. My friend that lives in a high rise condo building in Chicago couldn't get one if he wanted: the building parking garage isn't 'wired' for EV charging, the building association looked into it a few years ago and concluded the venture (would be a special assessment to all unit owners) to be cost prohibitive. Unit owners aren't specifically prohibited from having a charging station installed at their owned parking spaces, but the number$ to do so on an individual basis were crazy, =/+ the price of the car. People with more freedom to to do this on a reasonable budget - homeowners in more rural areas - are also the ones who tend to drive longer distances where anything less than a 400-500 mile range would be problem as rural areas/small towns are the places you're least likely to find a charging station when and where you will find yourself needing it.
And statistically even in our very sparsely populated country with long distances between people most cars aren't driven further on a regular basis than that they could easily be replaced by BEVs. Especially everyone's second car that's only used for commuting and not going on holidays. The average distance travelled by each car every year is only 12-13000 km or so here based on yearly inspection data.
Batteries are for sure no perfect solution but neither is any other, ICEs included.