We live in a fairly small town on Vancouver Island, in B.C. We are seriously considering the Clarity Touring because of its roomy and upscale interior, the generally quiet ride, and because we think we could do almost all of our local driving (which is most of our driving in a year) on the battery alone (gas is very expensive here [~$1.50/L]). However, in the warm weather months we would like to do some long-distance touring through western Canada and the northwestern U.S. We are concerned that this car might be seriously underpowered when the battery is depleted, due to its high weight, especially in the mountains. Have any Clarity owners used your car in similar circumstances? Your comments would be greatly appreciated!