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Anyone own an electric car?


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#41 OFFLINE   Rich

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

Has anyone calculated the total cost of going all-electric or hybrid -- the special charger, electricity used, battery maintence/replacement over time, and likely service panel wiring upgrade? Even after the initial investment, there will be ongoing costs to be factored in that is (seemingly) being glossed over.


I've never seen anything like what you ask for, but my friend the car mechanic had to do practically nothing to his first Prius. I know he was dying to tear into that sucker, but he never had a reason to. Maybe his new one will give him a chance to work on it.

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#42 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

Article in the media this week considering just gas costs and difference in price between conventional cars and electrics breakeven point is six years

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#43 OFFLINE   djlong

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:19 AM

The part that's hard to factor in is depreciation. Will electric cars hold their value better? If so, the breakeven point will be earlier.

Now, the Prius has been out for a LONG time and we've yet to hear of a flood of returned batteries the way the detractors keep crying.

But I just replaced some of the brakes on my car to the tune of a few hundred dollars. The idea of tripling the number of miles between brake jobs appeals to me (Prius-based taxis in SF found they needed new brakes 1/3 as often because the regenerative braking systems that pump energy back into the battery took a lot of the wear and tear off of the conventional disc brakes)

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

The part that's hard to factor in is depreciation. Will electric cars hold their value better? If so, the breakeven point will be earlier.

Now, the Prius has been out for a LONG time and we've yet to hear of a flood of returned batteries the way the detractors keep crying.

But I just replaced some of the brakes on my car to the tune of a few hundred dollars. The idea of tripling the number of miles between brake jobs appeals to me (Prius-based taxis in SF found they needed new brakes 1/3 as often because the regenerative braking systems that pump energy back into the battery took a lot of the wear and tear off of the conventional disc brakes)


These are some of the reasons I'm leasing! BTW, the original year Prius had a battery recall. My step mom got an original year Prius from her son and a few months later had the battery pack replaced through the recall.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:09 AM

One week in and everything is going smoothly. I use abouta little less than a 1/3 of a tank? Cells? Charge?...charge to get to work. I plug in to a 110v outlet in the back of the parking lot (extra exercise getting to the building). I get almost to a full charge by the time I leave.

I do notice that charge rates are somewhat temperature dependent - as expected.

The friggin' displays in the car are a little distracting because I keep playing with them!

So far so good!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:51 PM

Free charging at work, your 'fuel' costs will be next to ZERO!! Sweet!!

Spending to stimulate the economy as fast as the credit cards will allow!

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:27 PM

My next new car will be all electric, I figure about four more years till I'm ready for this.

I would love to build my own electric car but since the wife will be driving I would like it to be as nice and trouble free as possible. :)




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