jenjc wrote:So, my question is this.... Living in Atlanta with a 70 mile, NO-charge-at-work commute, am I expecting too much of the FFE to get to work and home again without turning more of my hair grey? The commute is 50/50 time-wise highway vs. surface streets. There is traffic.
Great job in digesting the basic considerations. You've got a pretty good picture of things.
I think you could make a 70-mile commute, provided you don't need to use heat very much (at all, probably), and are very careful with your driving patterns. (Using A/C should not eat into much the range, so you can be comfortable in the summer... but the winter may be a very different story.)
However, you will probably be routinely arriving at the end of your round-trip with single-digit range estimates remaining. It is possible you could get comfortable with this, once you get used to "making it" with only 5 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile (?!?) of range remaining all the time, but there may be very little
margin of error (in case you need to take a little extra side trip certain days).
In short, I wouldn't "recommend" the FFE for your situation, but I don't necessarily want to outright discourage you... the FFE is a great car, and you might be able to make it work. I would be more eager to recommend if you had only a 50-, maybe even 60-, mile round-trip commute.
And now the inevitable questions and "what ifs".... So, are you definitely not able to charge at work? Even at Level 1 on a regular wall outlet? If you could (on a routine basis), then I would say definitely go for it.