If you give me a choice between gas and electric, nine chances out of ten I’m going to choose gas. I’ve got a gas-powered lawn mower, a gas-powered string trimmer and a gas-powered backpack blower to clean my yard. I’m currently haunting pawn shops for a killer deal on a gas-powered chainsaw, because we’re headed into another hurricane season and have dodged a bullet for far too long. My power washer and my air compressor are both electric, which is a concession to practicality more than anything else, and if I could find the right deal on a two stroke blender, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Thus, Nissan’s sentiment in the ad below is lost on me, and I’m far too jaded to believe that generation of electricity has no environmental impact. Watch the video and judge for yourself.
As for the whole Leaf versus Volt debate, you can’t argue with one fact: the Leaf has a limited and varied range on a single battery charge, as does the Volt. When the batteries are depleted on the Leaf, you’re stuck until you can replenish them, and that’s not a quick process compared to refueling. A Volt, on the other hand, can be driven from coast to coast, stopping only for refueling, just like a real car. I’m not in the market for an EV (extended range or otherwise), but I know this: there’s only one practical EV solution for my needs today and in the foreseeable future, and the Leaf isn’t it.