Showing off the i-MiEV attracts two types of people -
1. The techie who is intrigued by it and wants to learn more
2. The female (sorry for being politically incorrect) who thinks it's 'cute'
The techie gets in, learns about the car, then spends time trying to convince his family that it should be considered. The other half of that family, after acknowledging that it's cute, then proceeds to be worried that 'it's not safe'.
Yes, I also get occasional interest from 2 other types:
The general public from all walks of life who realize the thing may be battery only and ask in amazement. I've had a guys call out to me at a traffic light a few times. Also college students comment positively as I drive around campus.
The red neck driving a 12 mpg pickup. Totally turned off when he hears the 62 mile range but somewhat intrigued none the less.
I bought mine for two reasons.
I realized the prices on the used market had sunk to very low levels. I was able to trade in my 11 year old Miata which I had driven for 4 or 5 years and put the balance on a credit card to be paid at month end
It meets about 80% of my needs, basically all of commuting and some of weekend running around. I have a second gas powered vehicle to fill in the holes.
Now, if I did not have the other cars in my fleet the 200 mile range really becomes a requirement. I might be able to justify renting another vehicle once or twice a year for long trips but there are many trips that come up say 10-12 times a year where I need to range out 50, 65 and occasionally 80 miles from home. The I's range is just not enough, even with quick charging the charges are always 20+ miles out of the way so the I is unusable. If it had 200 miles of range I could do the trips without charging, if it had 100 or so I could do the trip out and have enough left to reach a quick charger on the way back if I had to.