JoeS wrote:Bonanzadriver, thanks for your post. Ten years ago, with virtually no BEVs available, it made sense to consider NEVs for your situation. Nowadays, I wouldn't even think of it. There is a world of difference between a GEM and an i-MiEV - and throughout this website there are examples of us bristling at the occasional automotive 'reviewer' who dared refer to our beloved little i-MiEV as a golf-cart. Safety, handling, braking, heating, aircon, creature protection and comforts, highway speed capability, motor/drivetrain sophistication, did I say safety?, all come to mind. Perhaps the biggest distinction is the battery system - unless you opt for the expensive lithium option, the GEM's lead-acid battery pack provides neither the range nor anything close to the battery life of our i-MiEV. Sorry, but 25mph on 'normal' even 25mph roads makes you a road-boulder, as the Google cars in our neighborhood often demonstrate. Incidentally, at 25 mph our i-MiEV's range probably approaches 150 miles.
Yes, I'm trying to dissuade you - the versatility of owning two i-MiEVs purchased used makes MUCH more sense for the same price, IMO!
Thanks for your thoughtful response. I realize now that I probably should have clarified my intentions more clearly.
As I had stated, on the introduction forum, my motivations for researching and eventually acquiring an EV are probably different than many here.
I'm not trying to save the world, reduce a carbon footprint or curry favor with the MSMers, Hollywooders or Groupthinkers de jour.
No, my motivations are primarily those of economics and practicality. I like the prospects of drivin around town for little to no $ outta my pocket. I like the prospects of not suffering though more "Pain @ the Pump" the next time gas approaches or exceeds 4$ per gal.
That being said, I also live in a Golf Community and find myself on the course 2 to 4 times a week. 90 some odd percent of the time I'm driving around within a 5 to 10 mile radius of my house. We've lived here for over 12 years now and I have had the opportunity to ride around our little village, in a golf cart, dozens if not hundreds of times.
Golf carts are a way of life here. Now, granted, not like "The Villages" down in FL or "Peach Tree City" in GA, but a lot of golf carts nonetheless.
For me, though, I want something a bit more. I like the GEM. My friends that live in Celebration FL have one and it's an absolute blast to buzz around in.
The Lithium upgrade you referenced is exactly what I'm reading up on and have found some guys out there that are doing everything from swapping in new lithium batteries to re-purposing battery packs out of Leafs, Volts and others.
If you've not experienced the "open cart" through the neighborhood, then you're missing out. It really seems to invite a sense of community. You're not locked inside your cocoon with the radio a blarin or on your cell phone. It's different even than driving around with the top down on your convertible. I know, because my daily driver is a convertible.
The open cart seems to encourage dialogue with other carters, walkers and folks out in their yards. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for a supplement to my social circle, just kinda like getting a little more connected with my community.
As for the wife? Nah, she's not a "drive the NEV every day" sorta gal. Hence, the i-Miev interest.