Hey MJSFJP - you are right on the money, well said. It is not something that would be used frequently, just when really needed. I looked into Generac type units, quite a few of my neighbors have them. By the time you have added a propane tank to run them and dug the trench from tank to generator you are pushing $10,000 for complete install. And they have to be run once every month year round just for maintenance. And they are not quiet even though they are enclosed. I looked into portable Honda type generators. They would need to be kept in my garage and rolled out (probably 10 degrees and a foot of snow outside at the time) before starting. The are very heavy, noisy and generate exhaust. My wife won't have it and neighbors might not be too happy when it is running. The EV backup idea is a totally livable solution. If the Ionic 5 can get close to this I bet VW will have a safe, workable feature.
If you have lived through power outages that go for more than a couple of hours you know that keeping gallons of water on hand, not for drinking but for flushing and washing, because the well pump can't run, gets old real quick. Not to mention heat and refrigeration.
I'm sorry. Did I insult you? I certainly didn't mean to. I apologize.I never said $5k was cheap—nice straw man.