An EV that doubles as a battery seems like a good idea. I'm thinking that PHEVs are the best choice right now though. I think when the Leaf came out, the idea was that people don't really drive more than 50 miles a day or thereabouts, so the Leaf's 70 mile range (?) was all they would need. PHEVs take that idea, and then add a regular ICE vehicle's range on top of it. Electric seems better for local (especially city) driving, and ICE for long trips.Pointedstick wrote: ↑Thu Jan 26, 2023 11:52 amThe final tipping point arrived when I got an EV. Since I had sized the solar array to accommodate an EV in the future, my monthly gasoline costs vanished too, and the electric bill didn't budge. So I've been basically driving for free over the past 3 years. Literally my only operating and maintenance costs have been a tire that needed replacement after I drove over a screw. Also the car's large 66 kWh battery doubles as a stealth non-gas-burning generator so we can ride out power outages without drawing attention to ourselves, which I've done and it's marvelous. I don't identify as such anymore, but this setup is a prepper's dream, really.
Plus, at the macro level, distributing the battery material needed to go 300 miles among 10 PHEVs, where the full battery is utilized every day when the car drives 30 miles round trip to work and back most of the time, instead of one vehicle that rarely utilizes the full capabilities of the battery seems like a better use of resources.