goldbrick wrote:I'm pretty sure I'm past peak gasoline. Well over half my miles last year were EV, even including my wife and possibly the kids. I still do road trips in an ICE but that will be at > 30mpg and I cover more miles commuting/shopping/etc than my yearly road trip total.
One downside of owning a Leaf is that I find myself on my bike a lot less. I'm trying to remedy that but it's so easy to just pop the 2 miles to the grocery store in the Leaf instead of on the bike. I'd never do that to an ICE car since it's not good for the drivetrain to be started but not fully warmed up.
That's the seductive siren song of a motor vehicle. Resistance is (NOT) futile!
I worry that I might similarly wimp out if I had a PEV that wouldn't leave me feeling guilty about emissions for such trips. As it is, I consider anything within a 5 mile radius as bike-only unless conditions are really bad, and 0.5-3 miles is bike mandatory (occasionally, walk/jog). Another concern: While I usually eat healthy, every once in a while I feel the need to go all T. Rex and devour mass quantities of meat, and there's a shopping mall 2.7 miles away from me with an All-you-can-eat buffet that services that craving. However, it's also the only place around that has free (2 hour) L2 charging, and one of my rules is that I have to earn such a pig-out by getting there and back under my own power; I can see having a PEV would make it all too easy to rationalize driving instead of riding there, because I could get a free charge. One corrective factor is that whenever I eat at such places I invariably see a few people who should never, ever eat there, morbidly obese individuals if not entire families who are one deep-fried drumstick away from having their (remaining) toes amputated due to diabetes, or suffering their first (or subsequent) heart attack or stroke.