michael wrote:One of my friends bought a Volt recently. They were originally apprehensive about the idea but it's working out great and they are thinking of getting a second one quite soon when the lease on their Acura runs out. I'm going to try and show them that they are using essentially zero gas miles even on the Volt, and their next car should be a pure EV.
Things like the charger were big worry points, but now that they have one (I made them get a 6 KW rather than a 3 KW) they should be in great shape to take the next step.
Since most of us here started with our FFE's, we tend to think of the PHEV as the "next" car, but for those still stuck in the in ICE world, maybe the PHEV or Volt-like car (EV then hybrid) is a more comfortable first step.
My wife and I trade off driving our Energi and Electric depending on who needs to go longer than the Electric's range and on how we can use the least gasoline. If your friends can be okay with trading cars back and forth and at least one of them can count on a daily drive within the FFE's range, EREV + EV can be a very sensible combination, especially considering the price of an FFE vs. a Volt or a PHEV.
We started with a PHEV, then added the EV. We needed a decent car for traveling and thought a hybrid was the best bet, but then started thinking about getting those first 21 miles from the grid rather than the gas station. Once I experienced driving on electricity, I started doing the math and adding the EV became a really sensible step.
I'm making a job change and will be getting a company car for about 35,000/year of business travel. I'm hoping to get approval for a Fusion Hybrid. Won't that make a interesting "stable" of cars: EV, PHEV, Hybrid, F-150, and my son's 2009 Focus.