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Re: Yes, but...

Posted by JerseySaab [Email] (#666) [Profile/Gallery] (more from JerseySaab) on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:44:28 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Yes, but..., Justin VanAbrahams [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:27:11
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I'm frankly not interested in what a carnival huckster like Elon Musk has to say.

Hybrids have an engine to take over when the batteries get weak, so battery life is not as critical as in a pure electric vehicle. I'm not particularly panicked about the future, just taking a very conservative wait and see approach especially when it comes to spending my own money. I fully admit to being an inveterate cheapskate. No doubt at some point electric cars will reach overall economic and utilitarian parity with ICE vehicles but I do not believe it is going to be with lithium-ion batteries.

In the meantime I have done extremely well picking up older, inexpensive ICE cars that are at or near the bottom of the depreciation curve. If you know what to look for there's a very good shot at not needing expensive repairs for years. So no electric car for me until I can take a similar approach for the same or less money. I'm not holding my breath. :)

I drive old beaters, but the wife will buy something new periodically and keep it for 10-15 years. We just went through this last year - hybrids and electrics were not even considered for a nanosecond.

New and improved are not necessarily the same thing. I'm not even sure what a so-called "infotainment" system is supposed to be, it doesn't even sound like a real word.
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