This was written in 2014iwatson wrote:A Chevy Volt - Owned for the past two years. The first time I ever drove it was when I drove it home from Dallas Texas to Memphis, Tennessee. Love It, Love it, Love it. Use it as an EV to commute to work and back with no range anxiety when called upon to make unexpected or unplanned excursions. Also have made several road trips. Love the versatility and the fact that there are no compromises when transitioning from an ICE car.
2 Nissan Leafs - Test drives, Really liked it but my wife didn't. I feel the car is more refined than the i-Miev with more range, 5 seats, larger & roomier than the miev but I was concerned about The battery pack not having a TMS and the life of the battery in Memphis hot summers. Felt that the car was too pricey for a limited range car.
I-Miev. My wife's new (used) car. Was less than impressed with the car originally. Felt it was too small, too little range, not as techy. Rather strange design/look. My wife and children called it a clown car and suggested I wear big yellow shoes when test driving. My wife was afraid of going to an all electric car due to limited range. We warmed up to it because of price. We got it used with 8800 miles for $10,500. Monthly payment is less than we were paying in gas for her mini-van. After one month it's not a clown car anymore. She's lovin' it. This month she's put more miles on her i than I've put on my Volt. Deceptively impressive little car. Handles anything she throws at it and hasn't seen turtle mode yet. Even though it's not real high tech inside, I love how it sits up taller than my Volt and easy to get in and out of. Seats sit real firm.
We added a second i-miev (but this one was an SE premium) Bought used (7500 miles) $6495 plus $500 shipping
Then a third I-miev SE, which we didn't need so we turned around and sold it. Bought it for $2650 + tax
sold for $5000
A 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Premier $43,000 dollar car we bought used (11,000 miles) for $30,000 Drove 800 miles to Texas and towed it home on a tow dolly behind the motor home. That was a fun trip!
BMW i3 w/range extender: 2 test drives. Really like this car but suffers from weird looks, small, strange rear doors, reliability issues
Ford C-Max energi: Have test driven this car and would eventually like to replace one of my i-miev's with a used C-max energi. My wife rarely drives far (that's why she loves the i-miev) so the 20 mile EV range of the energi would work for her most of the time. Sometimes when the weather is cold she has a little range anxiety we she does venture a little further than normal. She has to drive her i-miev with the heat off which is a sacrifice I wish she didn't have to make. She also might like to take a 200 mile road trip occasionally, which is not do-able in the imiev. And the C-max energi is rated to be dinghy towed (4 wheels down) behind the motor home. Used prices are favorable.
Never driven, but I've ridden in a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Model 3