The Prius plugin might be a good option for you. Cheaper than a pure electric and has an 11 mile range on batteries alone. And if you ever have to drive 1000 miles unexpectedly it will do it. A friend of mine has had a Ford C-Max Energi for a year (somewhat larger battery, good for about 20 miles) and has never put gas in it. It still has the tank that came from the dealer. With the engine running so seldom maintenance is going to be a lot less frequent.