I’m crushing on the Nissan LEAF right now, and it’s not even available yet.
Things that would strike me as particularly awesome about driving an EV:
no coolant/radiator/radiator fans
no gas, gas tank, exhaust system, or emissions
no oil changes because no engine oil
no tune ups (because no spark plugs or distributor
greatly reduced maintenance schedule (basically just brakes and suspension)
ability to recharge at home or work
The drawbacks as I see it are:
reduced range (currently about 1⁄4-1⁄5 the range of my Golf)
expensive battery pack replacement in about 10 years
Still, the no transmission and oil change thing really appeals to me. Plus with the electric motor, it’s full torque all the time. Just connect the electric motor to the wheels and go.