And the gas tank doesn't lose 1% of its capacity on each fill-up. This reviewer noticed that each next charge results in fewer miles to empty, and only a very long (80 minutes) charge bumped that number higher. Still, on day one he got 242 miles to empty, and a day or two later, after a long charge, it was 216 miles. If this trend continues, after a couple of weeks the car won't have enough range to drive away from a charger :-) I don't want to have this sword of Damocles over my head, especially when the battery pack costs more than two new gasoline cars.
I'd gladly buy an EV, but only after it becomes technically sound - such as reasonably priced, and with battery that is capable of a reliable range and that can be quickly recharged and that doesn't lose capacity from age or from extreme temperatures. Otherwise people will die in these cars as they drive in hot or cold places.
You’re right about the range varying. When you through that much power into a battery, you have to be conservative if you don’t want to light up the town. So yes, the batteries will take a hit, both in life, and how much charge they can hold, if you keep charging at 85 kW (which still blows my mind).