Most people who buy a BEV are family folks who already own another gas car for long distance. So the issue of having to rent a gas car for long distance is mostly a moot issue. Also, people in this situation wouldn't risk relying on a charging station to complete their BEV trip. They only commute within an acceptable round trip distance that their range will allow.That's crazy. Makes me glad that I bought a Volt. One car, EV for home, gas for distance. One car fits both purposes. That is also the hidden added cost of the EV - the REQUIREMENT of owning or renting a second car if you need to travel distance.
I agree, and I did consider the Leaf for that reason. However, life has a way of throwing curve balls. It you need to pick up the kids at school early, or stop by a store on the way home unexpectedly, or whatever. That you might need to go 80 or even 100 miles that day, and you are hosed.For example, if someone has a 60 round trip commute, a BEV will enable this without using any gas, while the Volt will need to use gas for 20+ of those 60 miles.
This is precisely why I went with the LEAF over the Volt. If I lived within 18 miles or so of work, I would have a Volt in the driveway right now and not a LEAF. And if I had to commute over 80 miles, I would have a Volt then as well. But the LEAF fits my 52 mile commute perfectly in a way that the Volt wouldn't (I would be burning gas every day) and at a cost that is much easier to afford (I don't make a lot of money, so the Volt was out of my budget).A BEV has the advantage of allowing a longer commute than a Volt without resorting to gasoline. For example, if someone has a 60 round trip commute, a BEV will enable this without using any gas, while the Volt will need to use gas for 20+ of those 60 miles.