DaveinOlyWA wrote:I drive company cars all the time and I do feel a small sense of "Hell with it" as far as speed, heat, etc. but not sure its a good feeling. Like a drug, the high is awesome, fleeting and hard to maintain. The letdown is hard and always leaves me feeling much worse. The high is simply not worth it
I guess to each his/her own.
I gave examples at http://mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?p=451322#p451322
where even if my current Leaf had CHAdeMO (my previous one did), it adds a lot of inconvenience, time wasted and awkwardness (for lack of a better word), if on a date.
Oh yes, I had no time to type this earlier: fortunately, I primarily charge for free at work. On Fridays/weekends, I sometimes use some free public L2 charging. If I didn't have that and were charging only at home, I'd also have to reconsider since PG&E's electricity is so expensive due to the tiers they set being a joke, high rates and byzantine rate structure (page 1 of http://www.pge.com/tariffs/tm2/pdf/ELEC_SCHEDS_E-1.pdf
and page 2 of http://www.pge.com/tariffs/tm2/pdf/ELEC_SCHEDS_E-6.pdf
). It's too hard to compute costs with E-6 since there's pushing oneself into higher tiers means electricity at all times of day is more $.
If only charged at home, I know I'd be pushed all the way into tiers 3 (25.4 cents/kWh) and 4 (37.442 cents/kWh). I listed the E-1 rates. Using E-1 for simplicity's sake, at 25.4 cents/kWh, if I achieve 3.5 miles/kWh out of the wall (I can only L1 charge at home), that's ~7.26 cents/mile. At 37.442 cents/kWh, that's 10.6 cents/mile.
If gas cost me $3/gal and I only achieved 40 mpg on my Prius, that'd be only 7.5 cents/mile, all anxiety free.
I forgot about another guy at work who I don't see much anymore. He had a '11 or '12 Leaf because of his girlfriend's work or something (company car?). I think she left that job or she had to turn that car in, for whatever reason. So, no more Leaf for him. I believe this is over a year ago. When I do see him, sometimes ask if he's going to get another Leaf or EV. He doesn't seem interested at all or (IIRC) gives some excuse of "no time".
Another guy at my work had a Fiat 500e and would sometimes drive it to work. His wife drives it now and I believe she benefits from HOV stickers and free parking at train stations. So, he didn't technically get rid of it. He's now driving a leased Porsche 911. He was never an EV enthusiast.