LeftieBiker wrote:I think the Prime will serve the EV community the same way the Prius and then the PIP did: by functioning as a 'gateway drug' to electric driving.
The Prime and The Volt offer local EV commuting ability with the ability to drive in non-electric friendly areas of the country.
If the Prime would have come out in 2011 with the solar option I might own one today due to its storage space.
For those in a single car situation a PHEV continues to be much more workable since most areas in flyover country have no usable charging infrastructure. (A single QC 5 miles from my house but not along my trip or destination is useless to me) out west EVs are too cumbersome even if I had a Tesla, when I've tried to visit chargers out there they are usually down or in one case, listed but not open to the public (no Yellowstone really doesn't have charge infrastructure contrary to what some may say)
The Volt despite its stated MSRP can usually be had for less $$$ than a Prime or even a PIP.
Mathematical as one guy above mentioned you have to do your own numbers, I'm averaging 45mpg gas only and 60.2 miles ev range per charge over the 48,000 mile life of my car thus far.
The real up front cost is very important, I found a used volt for $3990, I almost got one for my folks.
Same goes for older leafs, at $4000 they make a good local transit option.
On the twice weekly 100ish mile trip I listed I'm running a lower energy use than said Prime on a 90 mile trip.
Because I care about efficiency I drive probably more effiently than most leaf owners here. I likely beat their range on battery some days as well.
I strongly believe in using the tools you already have to the fullest.
But I also own a Honda Insight that gets driven in non-Volt friendly conditions and takes the salt on some days while the Volt is garaged. Gotta use the right tool for the job.
I am looking to make that one plug in also though.
I guess if truthful is anti social
I'm gonna have to be anti social
The right car for the job depends on the job