Wale, I drove the Chevy Volt but as many people have already pointed out, it is more of a hybrid than an electric vehicle. I drove more with gasoline than I did on electric but that was because I was driving across multiple states. I think for town commuters it would be perfect.
@Hospice, thanks for the link. Am delighted for the factual experience of mileage drive for the consumption of 7 - 8 hours fully charged car battery for Nissan Leaf. Comparatively, what experience has anyone got on power consumption of EVs currently being manufactured by other auto-makers?
Bolaji: LOL. I was hoping the beer-guzzling, muscle-car buying, women-ogling cat-hating snack food addict lobby would weigh in. Then I realized they are unlikely to be reading EBN. We cater to the wine-drinking, hybrid-buying, circuit-ogling, lead-hating, granola-addicted set. Typical blonde, right? We get mixed up so easily :-)
The anxiety is only a factor when you're not sure about the cars range. After driving for a few hundred miles, ther is NO anxiety. We just have the security of knowing that there are lots of stations to get gasoline. Switching to all electric means learning where to get electricity, which doesn't take long.
'Range anxiety' is just another way to say 'I don't know where to get electricty for this car.'
gotmyleaf, I can't imagine buying a vehicle that's also jacking up your "anxiety" level. Before buying the vehicle, I believe you were aware of its limitations but was also convinced its advantages were sufficient for your need. Before buying an electric car, it's imperative the buyer consider these factors before making the purchase. That's the way to avoid the anxiety problem.
Barbara, They probably barely noticed it. When you are a "beer-guzzling, muscle car-buying, women-ogling, cat-hating snack-food addict" you probably don't notice the stereotype on TV because you are too busy "beer-guzzling, muscle car-buying, women-ogling, cat-hating snack-food(ing)".
Those of us who aren't into all that use the ad break to top up our wine and whisky glasses or just escape the stereotype.
Ariella--absolutely!And advertisers are unapologetic about it. At some point, though, wouldn't you expect beer-guzzling, muscle car-buying, women-ogling, cat-hating snack-food addicts to get offended by the stereotype?
@Barbara well, of course, ads for the Superbowl do make certain assumptions about the audience. The commercials strive for emotional connections and humor, not for rational arguments about what's good for the environment and for fuel economy.
It was clear from last night's Super Bowl advertisements that zoom still has a large and enthusiastic following. Chevy--of all companies--heavily promoted their Camaro as a get-the-girl car; and its Silverado as the manly-men choice. There was one bizarre ad for an eco-friendly vehicle but I forgot the brand (I kid you not) and can't seem to find it in coverage of this very expensive advertising venue. So I guess that ad did not do the job.
As an owner, I can tell you that I don't have any anxiety problem. If I ever did, it faded quickly. I know the car so I know how far I can go. If I am taking a new trip that is over 60 miles one-way, I do need to know that I can plug-in to refuel at my destination. The article that you reference was written by someone that drove the car very long.
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