My mom is in her mid-80s, and does not drive very much. She drives to the YMCA for swimming 5 times a week, maybe 2 miles each way. She drives to the grocery and doctor appointments. Majority of her trips are under 5 miles, none over 10, and none on the highway. Her current car, a 1996 Camry, runs very hot on the trips to the pool (hood feels very hot, engine smells hot), but not 5 mile trips or test drives. Her mechanic says it is fine. Maybe the thermostat is not having a chance to kick in on such short trips?
Anyway, we are thinking of a new car for her and I am wondering if an electric car would have any advantage in terms of handling all these short trips better than a gasoline powered car? I have not seen any comparison for this sort of short hop driving, other than fuel efficiency.
Although an electric car might be quite a change for her, any new car will be a drastic change from her mid-90s era vehicle, and we’ll just have to deal with that learning curve.
Thoughts? Advice? What kind of wear and tear are short trips only on an electric engine versus gasoline? Or are modern gasoline engines up to the challenge?