Grenadier sales will be a good measure of the "Defender demand" that Rover ignored when they ended Defender production. If Grenadier sales stall within a few years, McGovern will look prescient, and imho that's highly unlikely.Small two seat commuter = Electric OK for 50 miles or so per day.
Normal four door vehicles, to something I would use for long trips = Hybrid, or it makes no sense.
That's why I never gave the Rivian a serious look. What do you do after you've gone 350 miles, and are now 2 hours back-roads driving to the nearest fuel station where you could pay to rent their 120v outlet while you sit in their parking lot for 8 hours to recharge?
So gas/diesel is still king till we get serious hybrids, or till we have some big jumps in solar and battery technology.
On another note, I do think there is some risk to the future of Grenadier. In other words, How many do they really expect to sell in the 3rd or 4th or 5th year? Will they essentially sell all that they are going to be able to sell in the first two years? I almost think that is the real reason for the delay to North America. It is a planned delay to get them over that hump to the point where they can still be selling the new vehicles to half the globe, while the other half may be done buying them. I don't know enough about the market potential to speculate more, but it seems to be a potential danger.
Also, I think Grenadier's web site might be crashed off and on right now. I can't go back and drool over my build.
Tons of buildings in NYC have parking garages with electric car charging stations.
If a vehicle like a Jeep or Defender were out that had a respectable modern engine, and could also go about 75 miles on all electric, I'd be all over it. I could drive on electric almost 90% of the time that I use the vehicle. I guess the tech isn't there yet.
Here's what I came up with if I suddenly felt like I should buy a new car. Otherwise, I'm waiting till about 2025 to see if I can track down something used from that point on. The GWagen is great, but at some point it becomes a classic, old vehicle, with old vehicle liabilities and costs. I will still have a Disco I, and the '65 IIa, so I can't have something like that as a daily.
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