I make the trip a couple times a month and I've considered the Surfliner. Only problem with that is there's no connections on the LA side, and my destination is actually in the Inland Empire nowhere close to any decent public transport. The trip takes about 6 hrs total according to google maps.nmikmik wrote:It probably depends on how occasional is your LA trip. Couple of times a year, I'd take the Surfliner and figure out from there, couple of times a month - the 2014 or 2015 is not gonna save you I am afraid. If this is one and only car you have in your household, the long trips would become too much of the range anxiety especially if you are planing on keeping with the fast lane traffic... You could quick charge in Irvine, but it still takes time and availability of the charger is not guaranteed
Just thinking out loud here - but if I could drive to the train station in SD, take the Surfliner to Anaheim and IF there was a Zipcar (or similar) type of setup at Anaheim station where I could pick up a Spark EV for the day that would pretty much solve the range / connection problem. When I'm done with it I'll just park it back at the train station, plug it in and take the train home.
Imagine this multiplying to train stations, airports, ship terminals (navy base in SD where 5000 guys get off an aircraft carrier and have no way to get around?).
Imagine if GM funded a startup company to do this - and then leased them hundreds of Spark EV's for the operation, thus accruing the CARB ZEV credits they so desperately need. They wouldn't even need to make money on renting the cars out, they'd break even immediately by not having to buy CARB credits from Tesla et al.
Are you listening GM?