Sunday's windstorm knocked out my power until late last night (Thurs) so I was living in the 19th century for most of the week, actually it was worse because when my house was built in 1820 it had a woodstove and hand pumped water, today my oil furnace and well pump require electricity so I was without everything. The one modern convenience that I did have was transportation because the Volt can run on gasoline. If my car had been a BEV it would have been one more thing to worry about because it's simply not practical to own one without home charging. The nearest Tesla supercharger to me is 30 miles away, traveling 60 miles round trip to charge a car would be ridiculous. I've been thinking about getting a BEV in the next few years but now I'm not so sure, if I do get one I'd also have to invest in backup power of some sort, a Generac will cost at least $10K installed, solar much more and it probably wouldn't work very well (my tomatoes don't ripen until late fall which is a pretty good indication that I don't get a lot of sunlight).