Joulesthief gets great range out of his car based on his driving style - I drive mine like I want to and get about sticker range.
I have a longer round-trip than you do at about 53 miles/day, which gives me margin to run an errand or two if I need to. I also drive on the freeway >50% of that daily distance, and as you know here, if you're not doing at least 70, you're inconveniencing the rest of the speed freaks. Some mornings I'm merging into traffic when I feel that loss of oomph - the ~85mph speed limiter kicking in
The car is just as composed as any other VW on the highway, which is to say very solid, and contrary to what Joulesthief likes to say, it does a great job as an 'autobahn cruiser'.
I'd love to have the bigger battery, too, but I found my car for $18200 with only 7500 miles on it and I decided to stop waiting.
I wouldn't worry about the service thing, no matter what the stealerships are saying now. They'll all have to adapt sooner rather than later.
I'm not sure what your schedule is like, but I'd be happy to let you see the car. I work at 8201 E McDowell - let me know.
Ggvblake22, If this interests you, please PM me... 2015 e-Golf SEL, white with tan interior (great in desert environment, cool), 10,300 miles, $17.5k, firm. I do have a Brand New Clipper Creek HDS 40-P plug in EVSE with a NEMA 14-50 plug, works great at RV Parks if need be, for an additional $500. For a fee, it could be delivered to PHX, and you buy my airline ticket back to Burbank, CA, or you fly out, I'll deliver at the airport, and you can drive it home.
Plug share is your friend in planning how to get it back home. Word to the wise, you can discharge that battery 3x faster than you can recharge it with the 7.2 kwh charger on board. It pays to drive slower, and increase range between recharges.
My interest lies in getting these VW battery powered cars in the hands of some people in AZ and seeing how the batteries fare long term. You'd be another perfect beta tester, to confirm VW's Death Valley battery tests in long term real world conditions.