pjam3 wrote:. . . I love the car and try to use it more than anything else, but it's always a mission and a worry to do anything . . . For me, it's always like driving on E in a gas car. That is stressful and annoying.
I'm sorry things aren't working out between you and your FFE, pjam3. Perhaps, the first thing a sales consultant should ask a prospective FFE buyer should be, "Will you be able to install a level 2 charging station at home?" If you were able to charge at home overnight and wake up in the morning with a full charge, I'll bet you would like your FFE a lot more.
My situation is not so difficult as yours and I don't have to worry about kids being bored when the car is charging or complaining when it's cold.
Being new to the FFElectric, my wife and I are trying to figure out our most comfortable balance among commuting distance (54 miles for her), outside temperature, heater use, and a reliable amount of surplus left in the evening for her to use for other purposes like grocery shopping, going to choir practice, visiting our adult children, etc. We like the idea of driving past gas stations, but neither of us is so committed to reducing our carbon footprint or saving money that we are willing to give up being comfortable temperature-wise when we drive.
When it is cold, our "plan B" is simple. I drive the FFElectric for my shorter commute and she drives our Fusion Energi in comfort for as far as she needs to go. Our "plan C" is also simple. If we both need more miles than the FFE will give in comfort, she drives the Fusion and I fire up my F-150. It sucks a lot of gas, but I need to run it every now and then anyway. I'm just in the process of figuring out the mileage and ambient temperature numbers that give us confidence and comfort. So far, our plan has been trouble free.
This morning, ambient temperature is down in the 20s. Rather than worry about the heater affecting her range, my wife just drove the Fusion Energi. Now I get to decide whether I drive the Electric or the truck. I've got 62 miles to go today. MFM tells me that I have 87 miles on the battery. If it were in the 50s or 60s outside, I would count on returning home with 15-25 miles to spare, but in this temperature, in order for me to be comfortable, I am going to run the heat. I am still in the process of learning how much that cuts into range. How close am I willing to cut it today? What will it be, FFE or F-150?
Update: It was just cold enough that I decided to take the F-150 this morning knowing that I could drive in comfort with no range worries. When I went out to the truck, I found the battery dead. This is what I get for parking a vehicle with an old battery for two weeks. Rather than just going with the FFE, I got a jump and headed off with stopping at Sam's Club for a new battery on my itinerary. If you're going to rely on a backup, it's a good idea to make sure it can start in cold weather!