MLucas, would it be wrong of me to state that I absolutely 100% totally agree with you?!?! Ever since I joined these forums, I've gotten the vibe that the majority of members here are obsessed with range. Much like every "geeky" hobby I've ever been involved with, people are trying eek out every last drop of performance. To me, it seems fun at first when you can brag about how far you made it on a single charge, or how many miles you covered in a single day with opportunity charging, or how few bars you depleted on your daily commute. Unfortunately, I've found that gets tiresome and old very quickly. And I've only been an i-MiEV owner for not even three weeks now.
My i is super fun to drive! I love listening to how quiet it is, but then I love to crank up the tunes and cruise with the windows down. Now that I've determined without an ounce of doubt that I can easily do all my daily commuting and running around without any range anxiety, I want to let loose and have fun driving the darned thing! I enjoy seeing the confused and surprised look of BMW drivers when my little tin can beats them off the line at stoplights. I don't necessarily always want to drive super conservatively in order to keep my range at a maximum. Sure, I can see that range anxiety is an issue for anyone who has a long commute or is trying to complete epic road trips in their i-MiEV, but technically, that's not what this little car was marketed towards. It's not meant to be a long-haul workhorse!
So far, I'm having fun trying to give my little "Meepster" its own personality, or at least as much personality as my wife will allow. She didn't want anything gaudy on the car. So, I'm doing little things here and there that give it subtle style. OEM-looking emblems and badges, simple understated vinyl lettering, side wind deflectors, etc. "meep!" is getting her own look, and I'm finally starting to let myself have fun driving her instead of worrying about conserving her range!
EV: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE, Raspberry Metallic, Premium Package - Purchased 07/11/13
PHEV: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica eHybrid, Bright White, Platinum Package - Purchased 05/01/17