siai47 wrote:Kind of a mind thing and a range anxiety reliever but not really practical . . . . Much cheaper to use the EV for its intended purpose and rent an ICE vehicle for the times you need a long trip.
IMO, the I-MiEV's efficiency at highway speeds due to aerodynamic drag and it's high speed handling characteristics make it unsuitable for cross-country driving even if it had unlimited range. Based on its purchase cost and operational cost per mile, the I-MiEV is still the greatest and most practical vehicle in the world if you operate it within the limits of its intended purpose.
I agree 1000%! Buy the car which suits your needs, take advantage of all it's attributes (low cost, light weight, nimble handling, easy parking, easy to get into and out of, great visibility, etc, etc) and live with it's shortcomings - Poor heater, limited range, twitchy high speed handling
If you need a 100 mile range EV, buy one - There are several out there. Same thing if you need 200 miles, though the selection is more limited. If 95% of your needs are easily met with a 60 mile range vehicle, adding the weight and complexity to extend it's range to say 100 miles is something you'll have to live with everyday . . . . like driving an $80K Tesla 25 miles to and from work 250 times a year - Besides being a terrible waste of money and worrying about some idiot denting your $80K car in the employee parking lot, you're also losing all sorts of efficiency using a 4,000+ pound car to do the job much better suited to a 2500 pound econo-box which only cost you $15K