MLucas wrote:My point is that the EV for me is teaching me to calm down and enjoy the savings. I think its funny to find the people that worked so hard to pass me, that a few miles down the road I'm usually behind them again. The turtle always said, "Slow and steady wins the race."
Since buying an EV, I'm much more conservative with how I drive
I grew up driving high performance V-8's and really enjoyed the song they sang at full throttle and I used full throttle often, just for the enjoyment. Gas was less than a buck a gallon and how much I used was of no consequence - I frequently took long drives just for the pleasure of driving my machine
Then I 'graduated' to high performance inline sixes - First a 240Z and later a Toyota Supra. I had just as much fun as before, but I got 22 or 23 mpg doing it as opposed to the 15 to 20 I got with the V-8's
About 10 or 12 years ago, I graduated again to high performance 4 cylinder cars - I wouldn't even consider buying something if it couldn't get at least 30 mpg on the highway. My Mazdas (Miata and Protégé 5) are both 5 speed cars and to me they are as fun to drive as my earlier cars, but they get better mileage - I still enjoy romping on them from time to time and they sound great
Then came the EV. I now find I can go virtually anywhere I want/need to go and get back home on one 'tank' of juice . . . . which is a good thing as there is not a single public charging station anywhere in range of my car. If my trip is more than 25 or 30 miles away, I drive very conservatively and at lower speeds to ensure I have plenty left to make it back home . . . . which is good, since I can't recharge anywhere
Owning an EV has made me a much more conservative, much less wasteful driver . . . . and I love it!
But . . . . recharging at the top of a mountain and feather-footing it downhill just to see who can get the highest RR numbers doesn't sound like much fun - In all fairness, you guys really should also photograph the RR numbers you get after driving *UP*
the hill and recharging!