I was blissfully driving on my way to work this morning when my ICE started up. Apparently I had hit the limit on the length of time allowed for EV-only driving. So after 1105 miles I was forced to burn a bit of dinojuice.
OH THE HUMANITY ! ! !
I have been through this a couple times now. Luckily, I have been sitting in the drive when it happened so I let it run and time out..
I have run all electric so far, which from what I read and my actual driving experience, this is not really as easy as one would think.
With all thoughts of being an ELECTRIC ONLY travel vehicle, the fact is, and remains that the battery is very good at city driving, and sometimes stop and go on the highway, this would be for the regen ability to restore some of your battery power. But in a nut shell, big hills, mountains and high speed, as well as long distance travel, will all be better with the gas engine. I will have to face this at some point, as all do. It just does not see to be a good plan to try to stop at the charging stations on a long trip when the car is equipped to supply power through an efficient gas engine/generator.
So I still carry the torch and proclaim ELECTRIC ONLY as I lead the parade of limited owners that can still say this. But the reality is, that parade will dwindle as we look at the big picture and better use for the car in different situations.
BTW... I just heard about a TESLA owner that drove from Texas to Illinois. When asked how the car performed, he said great, but it was a very LONG trip having to charge it every so often....