Don wrote:Depending on how you use the car, 25,000 miles a year might not be hard to do
sandange wrote:Just to clarify our driving habits,...As far as if it's possible with the I Miev - I think so
Like I said, technically possible, just in my experience it seems atypical. For example, before I got the i, I was looking into buying an old generation Toyota RAV4 EV. Most of those I saw available (in car-centric California) were 10+ years old and had less than 100k on the odometer. The Rav4 EV also has a better range than our i.
I'm not trying to be a party pooper (I do own an i and absolutely love it), but I think if you expect to be able to drive the same miles in an EV as an ICE without considering a reduced single trip range, battery recharging time, limited charge stations, or battery degradation, it might not be realistic. It does depend on your habits, how strict you adhere to them, and where you live. But, an EV is naturally less flexible than an ICE (my wife wanted to take the i to Harrisburg, PA today - but couldn't because it's about 40 miles each way, there was no charging available where she was going, so she had to take the gasoline car).
It will improve over time and I believe as more EVs are produced, the fixed costs and battery costs will go down to make EVs clearly not only more environmentally beneficial to own, but also economically so. We're just not yet there for it to be indisputable.