EVDRIVER wrote:Great- every plug in Prius should be allowed as well next. I think the push should be for pure EVs first. Can't wait for the plug in Suburban taking the space as well.
It saddens me to see so much venom against the Volt here. My definition of an EV is a vehicle that has an all-electric range, i.e. is plugged in to charge the battery, and runs only on battery power for some number of miles. A volt meets that definition; it never uses the gas engine until after the battery is discharged.
It happens that most days I drive less than 35 miles. The Volt and Leaf would both be pure electric cars on those days. I occasionally drive 150 to 350 miles in a day. The Volt would not be an electric car most of the time on those days, and the Leaf would probably be sitting at home while I drove a gas guzzler, since I doubt if I could count on quick charge stations.
I've been keeping track of my daily mileage for eight months now and, using what I think are reasonable assumptions, there is virtually no difference between the two cars in the total amount of gas that I would have used. Others will have very different usage patterns from mine, but for me, the Volt would be ever bit as much an EV as the Leaf would be.
I do, however, think that public charging station protocols should be need-based, and in general a Leaf will need the charge more than a Volt will. Just remember that the fellow driving the Volt may be just as much of an eco-freak or Arab-hater or Peak-oil-alarmist as you are, or even more. If the charging station is available, the Volt should be able to use it.
(Some rather rough non-PC terminology there, but I think most of us, including myself, tend toward at least one of those categories, so it's intended as nonprejudicial incorrectness that pokes a bit of fun at ourselves.)
Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends.