Saw this on MSN today.
I have been driving Spark EVs for three years and have figured out where I can and cannot drive comfortably without going into a "range remaining" panic mode. Note here: My wife and I did drive our 2015 Spark EV from our home in Manteca, CA to South Lake Tahoe and back but we had quick charging available along the way. Same for driving to Fresno and back. I can now even make it to Bakersfield, CA and back.
For local, in-town, driving, an EV cannot be beat! But, if you want to drive long distance and/or into areas where quick charging is not available, you cannot easily go there without the possibility of being stranded or forced to use the slow L1 EVSE that came with the vehicle. Longer range EVs do make it possible to drive further from your home base as long as you stay on major traffic routes. But venture off of those routes and you may more often than not run into situations where there is no quick charging [QC] available to allow you to reach your destination in a reasonable amount of time and, possibly, not at all.
Fortunately for most drivers, about 85% of their driving is done locally and EVs excel in this area. But, It is that other 15% that can be a challenge. My solution is easy. Rather than have an expensive ICE sitting in my driveway, I choose to rent an ICE for those long trips and use the EV for all around-town driving. I just completed a 2100 mile trip, through California, Nevada and Utah and back, in a rented Nissan Altima. The trip would have been impossible in my Spark EV and there were a number of sections where even a Bolt EV would have choked. The Nissan Altima achieved 42.5 mpg for the entire trip.
This works for me and probably will work for many other potential or current EV drivers too. To those of you on the "should I buy an EV" fence, look for a nice clean used EV at a reasonable price and in good condition, buy it, and experiment. Just make sure it has the QC option. I leased my first Spark EV and, after I figured out it's limits, I bought a used 2014 Spark EV without the QC option and two years later purchased a used 2016 Spark EV that did have the QC option. The leased Spark EV goes back to the dealer next week but I still have the 2014 and 2016. They both are working great and I really enjoy driving past high-priced gasoline stations.