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Renting an ICE instead

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I got my EUV in late 2022 and have about 5500 miles on it. I love almost everything about it, except for the lack of reliable fast chargers on road trips in the Northeastern U.S. I鈥檝e read what others have posted about their long trips and the strategizing that goes into what was once pretty straightforward with my old ICE vehicle. With that in mind, I think renting an ICE vehicle is the most practical way for me to travel by car for a few hundred miles.
Anyone else already reached the same conclusion?
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Yes... assuming you charge at home, you start a trip with 100% SOC. Home is where you get the cheap electrons. No reason to waste that extra 40-50 miles of range.
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I'd rather drive, no matter what the distance. Flying on a US commercial air carrier is a miserable experience. Doing colonoscopy prep while getting a root canal would be more pleasant than flying. Airports suck, airlines suck, people suck. Just drive.
Yep... watching the news and seeing the craziness on airlines these days, all I can say is that they need to double or triple airline ticket prices. Get rid of the trash. And I don't say that as someone who wants to pay more. I'd rather drive. Flying is inefficient, dirty, and at best annoying. There's still the problem of the oceans not being paved yet... but other than that, I'll drive.
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I want to take a trip from West Tennessee to Northern Virginia this spring or summer and I have so much FUD. My biggest fear is that when I arrive at a charging station it will be out of service. But, when the time comes to make the trip it will be done in my Bolt or not at all.
You're good. The NoVA/DC area is covered pretty well. I'm just east of DC in the Annapolis area and it's all good around here. The Eastern shore is another story... as is the central MD/PA line.
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Its good to see your hat is tilted on your head, as you forego one technology for another. But maybe you think your tilted hat is rakish. Most people on the planet can鈥檛 even afford one of those technologies, much less have a choice between two. If I can afford an EV(haven鈥檛 been able to since 2006), our family isn鈥檛 gettin鈥 rid of our standard but good MPG manual & automatic cars. EV charger companies are sucking money from former gasoline users at nearly the same rate as oil producers siphon money from people鈥檚 wallets. AND the EV charger companies do such, while forcing people to spend much greater time & frustration levels than oil companies caused. At the same time, EV charger companies promise fast charging, that is a guarantee to shorten battery life. Yeah, battery life could be stretched to 300,000 to 500,000 miles(more?), but not while pumping electrons at 250+ KW electric chargers.
It's okay to be ashamed of something that is hard to get away from. Too often we are told that it is okay to accept something bad just because it is the cheap or easy way out. Strive for something better.
Most private flight should go away.
Soul sucking, planet eating, luxury tanks.
Something like that. My brother's daily driver is a Ram 3500. He bought it because he lives in a tiny home and wanted something that he could move it with. He has never moved it. He wanted me to drive it to see what it was like... it was like driving a fishing boat from the tuna tower. Only, if you didn't have good visibility from the tuna tower.
I have often wondered about this. What with the mining needed to produce the minerals needed for the batteries and the rare-earth elements to produce magnets for the motors, are EVs actually cleaner? Yes, tailpipe emissions are eliminated but are these gains lost to other processes?
Sure, they currently produce more CO2 to manufacture, but that reverses after a few thousand (or maybe tens of thousands) of miles. But that doesn't count that the batteries will be recycled and at least 95% of the metals extracted for re-use. So, once recycled batteries enter into the equation, the numbers will look even more favorable.

There are some cool things going on, such as Nth Cycle's Oyster system. Not only for recycling batteries and other tech, but also for locally extracting metals from ore.
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