SageBrush wrote:Sure, but that was not my point. I was saying it cannot replace an *ICE
Fair point but I don't need it to replace an ICE so not really relevant to my situation. It'll do all we need it to do and more.
I've already addressed your follow-up comment above. The LEAF puts you in a position of always having to have another full range vehicle. Which is not uncommon; my point is that you are paying a fair amount for a 0.5x vehicle and then you paid a handsome price for the PHEV. The combination is expensive, and you are stuck with an ICE stinker to leave town. And by the way: that one hour stop your mentioned on a long trip is ~ 15 minutes in a Tesla.
I'm in your position too since I own one 0.5x vehicle and one 1.0x vehicle, and the arrangement works very well for us. The difference is that I paid $6,300 for my 0.5x (EV) vehicle so I was comfortable paying more for my no compromise EV. Now admittedly my comparison breaks down because neither of my cars is an SUV and that may be important to you. But it already seems clear that a Tesla Model Y + a cheap 0.5x EV is considerably cheaper than your combination.
I'm not really trying to convince you to do anything other than consider two points:
1. *ICE ownership carries additional costs
2. If all you need for your household is 1.5x cars, you can buy a cheap 0.5x car and a more expensive 1.0x car.
My wife would have been quite unhappy if I had spent $70k (before trade-ins) to flip our household to EV but she was OK with $46k.