RichCapeCod wrote:....The Bolt is small, but seems, from the materials and videos I’ve seen, reasonably roomy inside. The front seats, on the other hand, may be a bit snug. I cannot really tell without actually sitting in one of these autos.....
Rich EXCELLENT review and summary. If only the rest of the US was as analytical.
One point, I just had the opportunity of sitting in both the front and back seats of the new Bolt (and I'm a 6+ yr owner of the Leaf). The Bolt is MORE roomy in the back seat, and comparable in the front. I didn't spend time reviewing everything about the car, but it is a worthy vehicle, enough kick to squeal tires, plenty of dashboard tech, etc. The long-term battery health is unknown, but if the Volt is any help, GM knows how to over-engineer things.
For your use pattern, I would still consider a sacrificial cheap, used Leaf for this winter. You'd probably get away with $8K or less. See how it works for 50 mi trips, then hope for a new battery under warranty or buy a new one in a few years. If money isn't a concern, get a Tesla with autopilot and drive it back and forth instead of flying. This will alleviate the problem of overheating the battery in the hot Tucson summer. Any EV with thermal management is better in the AZ heat, but will cost you more for cooling. The Tesla is known to have a significantly greater vampire drain (~4 to 5 mi/day) vs. the Leaf (close to 0 mi/day). The Volt/Bolt, while lower than the Tesla, will still use electricity from the wall to keep the battery cool inside a hot garage.