imeev wrote: Don wrote:
Well., there you go
What a great suggestion - I'll BET this one gets their attention
Just add another $3K worth of stuff . . . . and then cut the current price by $2K and everybody's happy!
Why do you think Mitsubishi only sold 79 in april? It's only going to get worse if no improvements are made.
Whenever you bring out something brand new and totally different, you've gotta expect that it's going to take some time to catch on. Selling only 79 of them at a profit is much better than selling 500 of them at a loss. Sales will get better once there are enough cars on the road for the public to become familiar with them. I know we get lots of questions from friends and neighbors and we've taken several of them for a test ride. The car just as it is will sell itself to lots of folks once they are exposed to it. I know I had lots of interest, read everything I could find and then was really blown away the first time I drove one
Is it perfect? Of course not, nothing ever is, especially not with the first generation. Should they make some tweaks? Of course, but I wouldn't look for anything major - Certainly nothing that's going to increase the price of the car, since it's probably not terribly profitable as it is
They're offering an 8 year, 100K battery warranty which I doubt they could do if it came with a 6.6 Kw charger. As it is with the smaller charger I suspect we're going to find that lots of people will be hugely dissatisfied 3 or 4 years from now when the car will only go 35 or 40 miles because fast charging the battery has reduced it's capacity by 30 or 40%. So long as it hasn't developed a bad cell, Mitsu is not going to replace those range reduced batteries under warranty either - That's why we all signed arbitration agreements I suspect . . . . they KNOW many of us are going to have battery issues in the future and we'll be expecting some sort of adjustment toward the price of a new battery. A 6.6 Kw charger would only increase those problems times 4
It takes an hour to recharge a DeWalt 18v 1.7 Ah drill battery . . . . you'd better have 3 or 4 if you want to keep on working. Could they sell you a 20 minute charger for it? Sure they could, but you'd not be too happy when it ate up your battery life and you had to replace them every few months. With the battery technology as it currently is, the last thing the car needs is a more powerful charger. People who need to drive 200 miles per day should not be buying these cars. Maybe one day battery technology will improve so that you can fast charge them and still get great battery life, but we're not there yet.
The price probably WILL come down a bit in future years as they develop better batteries, but they can't lower the price if they're doing things like reshaping the body or doubling the size of the battery charger