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Why EREVs might still be a better option for some.

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I found this video pretty interesting. Personally, I think most of this experience is owed to poor trip planning by the owner, but it is an example of how someone with a busy schedule and long trips can be impacted by owning a BEV.

Ironically, he might have saved himself time by backtracking west and recharging at the Burbank Supercharger, but oh well. First world problems.

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I agree that the case for either EREV for only vehicle or EREV+BEV for multi-vehicle households is pretty strong for people who road trip either frequently enough where renting a car doesn't make sense or drive routes not covered by Super Chargers. Until BEVs can do 300+ miles @75 MPH in any weather and destination chargers are widely available at 2 and 3 star hotels the Volt will work for us.
 

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I'll split the baby by having a Volt EREV and a Bolt EV. That equates to 100% electric for almost all our family driving. The rare exceptions where the trip is very long and/or charging not available will be easily addressed by the Volt. Having a gas engine backup is very handy for that.
We are hoping to do the same thing when it comes time to replace my wife's 2008 ICE RAV4 in 2018-2020: Volt + long range BEV until we replace my Volt in 2024 or so.
 
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