Got this about half a year ago after getting fed up with a used Honda that wouldn't turn over half the time (I thought they lasted forever?) I'd heard electrics are especially reliable as the drivetrain has only one moving part. They weren't kidding about that, I've abused the hell out of this thing and it keeps on ticking. There's no transmission (the motor is in the rear wheel) and really nothing to break, so the most maintinence I've had to do is to check the tire pressure and brake fluid levels. They've started rolling out charging stations after years of talking about it and lucky me, I live near a few of them. The one above is a solar charger, so I can tell off all the people who think electric vehicles are coal powered. (Although really it's a non-starter, as electric motors are 85% efficient versus 15-20% for internal combustion engines which lose most of the energy in gasoline to waste heat, vibration and transmission friction. So even if you charged from a 100% fossil fuel grid, EVs use drastically less energy per mile driven and as a result wind up polluting less.) Heh, if it sounds like I've had to bone up on the details to defend the purchase it's because I have. Lots of people around here grimace at the words "electric vehicle". I don't know why. I like how reliable it is, I like how quiet and smooth the ride is, I like how much quicker it accelerates and that on a cold day even if it only goes half as far, that beats a scooter that won't start at all. Plus the city's been so kind as to provide curbside charging free of cost until EVs become popular enough that they can make decent money by charging. A neat perk for now, but like many things, too good to last: The manufacturer says it'll do 60 miles to a charge. What they don't tell you is that's city mileage. It really will do 60 miles or more if I stay downtown all or most of the day but there are times when I've had to take it on the highway (which is doable here since the speed limit's 50mph and the state troopers have really cracked down lately. It'll do a little over 50mph on a peak charge and higher end models will do 60.) it gets all of 30 miles of range when you constantly leadfoot it. Further than it sounds like, if that makes sense. I didn't think it'd be enough until I actually started paying attention to how far I lived from the places I normally go. They averaged 2.5 miles away, with the furthest being 15 miles. The trick is to get into the habit of plugging in wherever you stop. So often it becomes subconscious. You learn to look for public outdoor outlets, at the base of lampposts or around the outsides of buildings at ankle height. Charging, EV nuts like to say, is what should be happening whenever you're not driving. And if you're consistent about it you can drive nearly twice the vehicle's rated range in the course of a day without ever actually standing by, waiting for it to juice up. It just does it while you're off dicking about somewhere else, taking care of business. I even took my life in my hands one day by going without the GPS and covering the voltometer. I wanted to see if I could drive more or less blind to the battery level, the carefee way I'd ridden my old gas scooter back when it worked properly. Carefree it was not, more of a schroedinger's cat situation, I was constantly wondering if I was about to run out. But I drove and I drove all day, plugging in wherever I stopped, and by the end of the day when I peeled the tape from over the voltometer it had about 30% left. I'd worried for nothing. Anyways I suppose I wanted to share this with you in case you'd considered an electric but worried about the range or charging time. They seem like a headache conceptually, but in practice they are pretty unobtrusive. Plug in every time you stop and you can more or less ignore the fact that you ever considered them worrisome in the first place.