rkarl89203 wrote:If it uses gasoline, it's not an electric car.
I like ELECTRIC cars.
That's why I have two.
I don't go to 'gasoline stations' in my electric car.
Because I choose to own an ELECTRIC car.
I have two also. Bought our first iMiEV 3 1/2 years ago, thinking it *might* be good for about 75% of our driving needs - We had 2 other ICE vehicles to cover the other 25%
As it turned out, the hope for 75% pretty quickly turned into 90 to 95% of everything we needed - We were buying gas treatment and trickle chargers for the other cars . . . . but we couldn't live without them either
If we were in a position to only own one vehicle (or one second vehicle to complement a pure BEV) I think we'd prefer to have something like a Volt rather than a Tesla. Knowing that a small, lightweight, 16 Kw car can do 95% of what we need, it makes little sense to 'invest' in a very expensive, heavy 85 Kw battery just to cover the other 5% and still be limited as to where and when we could get it recharged. For less than half the cost of the Tesla, the Volt could easily cover that remaining 5% and we could 'refuel' anywhere . . . . and still be 95% electric the rest of the time - A truly practical solution, IMO
I'm not so 'anti-gasoline' that I would mind buying 40 or 60 gallons or so of it each year rather than lugging around a $30K battery that I wouldn't use 3/4ths of 95% of the time - I'm buying about that much gas now anyway, but I'm getting zero EV miles from the car. I think a gas burning 'extended range' EV makes a world of sense . . . . at least it does to me. Even though I own two pure EV's I still have need of a gas burner in my garage - Something like a Volt could replace that 100% gas burner and I could drive it electric 90% of the time and it would cover *all* my needs . . . . and allow me to retire that 100% gas burner - What's not to like?