I have a non-plugin hybrid. It is my main car though. My Camry uses less fuel in every day running than our Swift. The best way to think about these cars though, is as efficient petrol vehicles not EVs. If all you are using it for is short trips to golf and can plug it in each night, then isn’t a Leaf, even one with slightly compromised range, a better bet?
Edit: As you have pointed out previously the payback on the extra cost of batteries in EVs is just not there in fuel savings. The same goes for hybrids unless you are doing a reasonable number of kms. Your use case probably doesn’t justify even a hybrid let alone an EV but there is something to be said for the intangibles. I didn’t particularly buy my car for ‘green’ reasons, but more for the smooth way it drives and the tech within. So there may be some of that in it for you. Would gliding along in an electric car, even just to golf, “bring you joy” (to borrow a phrase)?
That pretty much nails it. Get a cheap 2010 Note with low kms for 6-7k, done. At say 19k for a 2017 E-Power Note that's overkill, but quite a nice wee car. 2017 Leaf is 40k. An older Leaf at say 16k is an option, range no issue, but its older. What bothers me with used Leafs, is I see some with really low km, but bad SOH, and ones with higher kms, say 60km, but with much better SOH. I assume that comes down to the amount of fast charging?
Reminds me when I was a teen, myself and two mates went out to buy a dinghy for fishing, came back with an 18' powerboat
I don't quite get it. You're prepared to get a 2010 ICE, but not prepared to get say a 2012 leaf because it's 'older'?
If a $12k leaf has a SOH that can support the range you need + some... then why not?