There's a good chance serious electric vehicle (EV) fans have already done this, but those of you sitting on the fence about buying an all-electric car like the Nissan Leaf might want to listen up. Here's a great idea, courtesy of Treehugger, to prepare for your possible (probable?) new plug-in reality.
Basically, the idea is to stop listening to people trying to instill fear about "range anxiety" while also ignoring anyone who says that an EV is the perfect car. Instead, just figure out if you're a good match for an EV by testing one out. Don't have access to a Leaf just yet? No problem. Pretend your current car has the same range "limitations" as an EV and drive around for a few weeks. As you do so, keep a notebook in the glovebox and go on a "virtual test-drive." As you drive, keep a record of two things:
  1. How far you drive between stops that could be places you'd recharge your EV.
  2. How long your stops are at these places (so you can estimate how much extra juice you'll get in the time parked there).
Armed with these statistics, you can then honestly look at how far you drive, how much time your ride is just sitting there and then calculate if an EV would fit into your life. A big decision like swapping the pump for the plug should be based on facts, after all, not hype.

[Source: Treehugger | Image: laffy4k - C.C. License 2.0]

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