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Posted by JerseySaab [Email] (#666) [Profile/Gallery] (more from JerseySaab) on Wed, 25 Dec 2019 07:12:10 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: OK, Boomer, Jim Matthews [Profile/Gallery] , Tue, 24 Dec 2019 20:40:42
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Ah, of course it is best to take advice from those just out of high school or college while they still know everything!

However the objective fact is that electric cars are not ready for prime time. Their (mostly) young proponents assume that everyone has $40K burning a hole in their pocket to buy a car, plus a few more grand for a home charging setup - of course assuming as well that everyone has a place at home to charge an electric car overnight in the first place.

If purchasing brand new, one can buy perfectly good gasoline cars for $20-$25K (more bare-bones models such as the Mitsubishi Mirage for around $15K) that have a pretty danged good shot at still delivering usable service on the used car market (or to the original owner if so inclined) in 15 years or so. If purchasing used, with careful shopping one can pick up a perfectly good gasoline powered car that will deliver years of service for a few grand. I've been driving inexpensive, high-mileage cars for a long time and kept them for long periods of time. Even with the cost of gas and maintenance I have saved a huge amount of money over purchasing something like a Tesla that is festooned with questionable bleeding-edge technology.

As far as convenience, even under the best circumstances (no waiting at the Supercharger station) I can "fill up" with gasoline just about anywhere in a few minutes and be on my way.

It is instructive to compare cars that are basically the same other than gasoline vs. electric drivetrain - the Nissan Leaf and the Nissan Versa. The Leaf costs nearly twice as much to start with and loses value far more rapidly. You can get an old Leaf for next to nothing on the used market because of battery deterioration. In most cases a Versa of the same age is still raring to go.

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