garygid wrote:Since a hybrid, like the Volt, will never "need" to charge in public, and Pure EVs depend on it, perhaps the signs should say "Pure EVs ONLY, NO Hybrids".
There is no good reason to make the very limited public charging facilities available to hybrids.
I very strongly feel that this is a bad path to go down, and shouldn't be done.
Since the Volt can run without someone putting in any gas at all, I don't see why they should be excluded. I can very easily see some Volt users who got it for the "extended range" but only gas up if they are actually going outside of their 40mile range. Just because someone buys a Volt doesn't necessarily mean they have any more love of Big Oil than us Leafers do.
We really need to all "get along". Certainly most (if not all) of the people here feel that the Leaf is a better solution than the Volt. But the Leaf clearly has limitations as well - the biggest one being that it just doesn't work for a single-car household that needs to go more than about 80 miles. I live in Tucson -- the next big city is Phoenix which is about 100 miles away. If we didn't have a second car I would not have even looked at the Leaf -- it just wouldn't work for us.
This makes me think about the South Park episode that was about Prius owners. It got to where the Prius owners were loving the smell of their own farts. I just don't want to see Leafers ending up being looked at the same way.
Will there be growing pains? Certainly. Until electric charging stations are on every corner like gas stations are now, it's going to be bumpy. And as long as charging stations are free, everyone will want to tap in wherever they can. But the solution is not to try to further sub-divide the market making an "us vs them". The solution is to push for more charging stations, to encourage retailers the value of attracting plug-in users to their stores.