Thanks for this great comment. I also would recommend this vehicle to anyone in this niche of the market (price point and EV or hybrid). There may be other good options, but with their own compromises.
I am delighted every time I drive mine. Comfort, style and performance are its virtues, and frankly the glitches I've experienced have been minor and very transient. If I preferred an ICE, and if it suited me as to comfort, style and performance, I would easily live with (slightly) sluggish entertainment controls, buttons I might prefer were different, or even some inaccuracy in the fuel gauge or a calculated range remaining display.
We are definitely somewhere between the Innovators and Early adopters (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations
) in the market. I would not recommend an EV to a "mass" market person yet as the infrastructure is not there yet. I spent 15-30 minuted playing on PlugShare looking at different route options to have redundancy in L3 chargers on the way home from Springfield to Montreal. That little event in Manchester reminded me that we are skating on thin ice when travelling long distances, at least in New England. While I a comfortable with this (and getting stuck and getting towed would just be another story to tell at the next party), many would find this stressful. Personally, while if I had a swear jar in my car last night, I'd be able to retire today, I have 0 regrets. Driving from Boston to Providence and then on to Springfield today remind me why I love this car. While getting coffee one guy yelled (from the gas pump filling his car, ironically) how great the car looked. I take great pleasure in being behind the wheel that I have not probably felt since my '78 Scirocco. Not rational, but not everything has to be rational.
Back to the topic:
I don't understand why the range estimate has to be so flaky. A basic, basic GOM should be (sorry using metric):
Let C be the remaining battery capacity, calculated by SOC*Battery capacity in kW
Let E be the latest efficiency estimate in kW/km (simply take the average since the last charge)
Range is C/E.
Using this formula, the range will gracefully converge to 0, regardless of how bad the range estimate is. R may be completely wrong but willnever have an instant drop no matter how wrong it was.
Any idea what their formula was?