ChrisEV wrote:The i-MIEV has become our primary car, 99% of the driving we do is within its range and I use our van for those rare long trips.
My wife hates stopping to charge for a long time so I'm not sure if a long range EV is in our future based on what's on the market now. The upcoming Model Y seems to be the best fit, as Superchargers are more plentiful than Chademo/CCS chargers and faster too.
The Bolt is pretty nice but it seems slow to charge and that's even worse in winter where DC charging rate is cut in half.
And since we get charged based on time instead of kWh roadtrips here in Canada can be very expensive and slow.
Your usage pattern sounds similar to mine
For a long time 99% of my daily driving was in a 1981 Comutacar and I always had a gas car like the original Honda Insight for road trips.
My recommendation is that if your concerned about operating cost and convenience you should consider a PHEV.
I typically only have one car for all my drives now that I have a Volt.
What kind of PHEV you get depends on what the distance of the majority of your daily driver activities will be couple with the percentage of long distance travel where charging is unlikely
You also need to be aware of heating needs which most PHEVs cover
A simple case of minimizing overall cost, if you have a lot of 2000-4000 mile trips like I do the Prius Prime or Original Honda Insight is best on cost, if you have fewer trips like that but many trips beyond 35 miles but less than about 80 miles the Volt is your friend
In my area the places I take vacation to do not have infrastructure meaning any BEV is going to have a lot of range anxiety, even normal 500 mile “day trips” up north in a Bev would require a lot of planning and likely an extra day on the trip due to the fact I would have to go out of my way and not be able to drive where I want.