I'm a Rivian wanabee owner who ticks all three of the bullets @echodelta lists. From my perspective, bullet numbers two and three that are what's driving me to seek the highest battery capacity available. In my case, I will be towing a camper trailer, which I think qualifies as a demanding use. That the camper will be towed to some relatively remote areas makes the third bullet relevant.I think this is amplified when:
- it’s your first EV
- you have truly demanding usage patterns
- and are in areas without convenient charging opportunities.
my rule of thumb when people ask me is I predict what they will want - start with 200 miles and add 100ish miles for each of the above, but what they’ll need is probably 100 miles less than that, factoring experience, time, and that charging opportunities are just growing like crazy. The convenience bar is way higher than the feasibility bar. Less than 10 years ago we were crowdfunding $100 a pop to set up a high powered L2 (70A) in cities like Port Angeles, WA. Now there’s a supercharger every 40 miles and tons of j1772s, ccs, etc.
While the charging network is indeed growing quickly, and is set to explode if an infrastructure bill is ever actually approved, it still may not be robust enough to support EV towing in many parts of the country. The nominal 315 miles range of the LR may translate to an effective range of about 100 miles when towing (assuming a 50% range loss penalty) and if keeping to an 80/20 SOC routine. The Max bumps effective range closer to 125 miles, which is still pretty anxiety-inducing.
I'm betting that my smaller, lighter teardrop (under 2,000 lbs) will extract less of a range penalty, hopefully roughly the same as I experience in my current ICE vehicle, about 30%. Assuming the nominal range of the Max pack is 415 miles, that would mean an effective range of perhaps 175 miles. That should be enough to make it through the parts of North American where the charging network is likely to remain marginal, or to do some boondocking with less anxiety. The RAN may help the latter as well.