finman100 wrote:I haven't quite wrapped my head around the Volt versus Leaf? Why would someone compare (or want) a gas engine hybrid commuter to an all-electric EV?
sure the "range extender" thing is one thing, but why even consider having another gas engine headache versus no gas or oil. ever. period.
wouldn't one compare ALL hybrid gas cars to other hybrid cars with a gas engine? Say
Volt or Prius?
Energi or Sonata plug-in (wait, is that a real one?)
Then compare yer no-gas-ever cars (excluding Tesla due to starting price):
Leaf or Focus EV
Spark or iMiEV
and so on...
To me it is apples and oranges. either you want to use gasoline sometimes or you don't ever have to use gasoline. different mindsets so not as comparable as everyone thinks?
Anyone who has the option to go with a single car for all purposes, and who can't afford a Model S, may cross shop an affordable BEV with a PHEV. If you go with the BEV, you need to keep a second car (or are willing to rent/borrow for any trips). If the PHEV's AER meets your routine daily needs (Volt V2.0 can probably do that for at least 90% of people), then you're saving money by not needing that second car, and need never worry about finding infrastructure on trips, or putting up with delays while charging.
BTW, saw my first Gen 2 last night, a blue one that was parked. Definitely Civic-like from the side, but with a reminder of the Gen1's styling cue aft of the rear wheels. It already had green stickers on it, so the dealer must have pre-ordered them.