I agree. My 2014 Silver Base Volt has 29K on the odo when I bought it in Nov 2017 (41MPGavg). It now has 110K on it and a lifetime avg. mpg of 151. Tires and brakes are all it has needed for my 39 mile (each way) commute. In Jan of 2018 my brother went into the ICU for 3 months (still a hospital record) and I drove down every Friday to sit with him. I drove back Sunday nights. That was 210 miles each way. I could only charge it at my end and I think I averaged about 45mpg round trip. When the battery dies I kept on driving. No other EV at the time could have gotten me there and back except maybe a Tesla (except there were no Tesla chargers either). I think my ideal car would be a Gen2 if I could find one. My only real complaint is the cold weather battery life. Today I had 45 miles potential (it was 69f), but in the winter I'm lucky to go 30 miles on a charge. I finallt did install 220v charging this week. Not worrying about getting home before 7pm to be charged by 5:30am is a nice change!BMW i3? Weak engine and 2.4 gallon tank good luck on a 1,000 mile road trip or hell, even a 300 Mile trip.
RAV4 Prime? SUV, good battery, good ground clearance and .. oh yeah, they basically don't exist and cost $50,000; no thanks!
Tesla, Mach E, Hyundai Kona, Ioniq, whatever else you find.. about 280 miles of effective EV range, 30 minutes to an %80 charge, yeah.. your 12 hour 1,000 mile road trip just got 2+ hours longer.. Which will do if you have to but that really isn't ideal. oh yeah, and these "long range" models still cost like $45,000.
Bolt, leaf, VW ID 4, [insert whatever here], 200 miles effective range>see above ^^^
Fusion hybrid, Malibu hybrid, Prius etc... well you get 50 MPG roughly, that's.. cool. ish.. OR you could get one of the PHEV variants get a whopping 20 miles all electric plus 45 MPG.. which is.. cool.. ish..
Smart Car, older Nissan leafs, Chevy spark, Mitsubishi I, Fiat 500 e, etc.. [Laughs internally]
The Volt is the only car that can handle the upper end of the "average" work commute or all your errands around town while also having the convenience of short stops while on the road.
I'm open to suggestions but yeah.. there's nothing practical out there to drive around town for dirt cheap AND bypass the long charging times for longer trips. At this point, when the Volt dies or perhaps at the end of its warranty, I'll shell out for that 2019 I want or maybe just get a Bolt and rent a car for road trips. Of course renting is super expensive too so maybe not..