adric22 wrote:Well, since my wife got the Volt, I've been suggesting to interested people the Volt rather than the Leaf. I still love my Leaf and I'm very happy with it. I have no intention of getting rid of it. But now that you can lease a Volt for basically the same price as a Leaf, I believe the Volt is far better suited to the average American than the Leaf.
LEAFfan wrote:The average American usually chooses to use our natural resources like oil/gasoline, pollute our planet, and gives money to Big Oil and foreign countries. People who drive BEVs have a different mindset and don't mind some inconveniences that come with being an EA.
I think the real question is not what suits the average American, but whether what they want is what they need.
If you look at what most people are driving today, it is obvious to me that the average American buys a car that will cover ALL of their possible needs. Even if most people drive by themselves well within a LEAF's range >95% of the time, they want a car that will fit their whole family, carry that sheet of plywood they might buy at Home Depot, or can go on that annual trip across the country. It's the American way to buy something that covers the worst case scenario. Even if it would be financially more practical to rent or borrow a vehicle for those few times a year they need something huge, the convenience of having that vehicle 24/7 outweighs any practically thoughts. I don't see this mindset changing anytime soon. So I believe the LEAF only works for an average American as a second vehicle.
That's not to say it can't be a primary vehicle, it just requires a significant change in the way people do things now. We had planned on having just the LEAF but my wife just took a job that requires a car, the kids need something when they're home from college, and when it snows we need 4-wheel drive to get anywhere. So we repo'd our old car back from our (college age) child. Soon the kids will be permanently gone and my wife will retire, then the LEAF will become the primary car. We'll give the ICE back, buy Blizzaks for the LEAF, and go back to using ZipCar or Hertz when we need that special purpose vehicle (and we'll rent the exact one we need for that job). We've calculated the annual rental charges will be about half the cost of maintenance & insurance for a comparable vehicle (rentals are new cars not used beaters). So when you consider the purchase costs, we'll get a huge yearly savings at the price of planning and convenience.
We're excited for that time...I don't think the average American is.