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Does anyone own an electric car?

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Notanumber, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Notanumber

    Notanumber A Free Man

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    If so, what make and model and would you recommend it?

    I was thinking about one to replace my write-off, but I want something that can tow a single axle trailer.

    From what I can gather, Tesla is the only manufacturer that currently makes such a car.
     
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    YmirGF Bodhisattva

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    I'm driving an older 2000 Ford Focus and will consider the responses in the thread carefully.
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    "Bessy" is getting a little long in tooth now... but still is in great shape.
     
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  3. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    I have a plugin hybrid so my car is not what you're looking for. But as a note, my typical mileage is around 100/gallon because I recharge it at night using special PG&E rates and I charge it every time the price of electricity is less than the price of gas.
     
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    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
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    @Salvador owns a Tesla, IIRC.

    The closest I came to having an electric car was my 2011 Prius.
     
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    Thus far, it is the significant price of electric cars that has stunted the interest in them as viable alternatives.
     
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    Indeed. The lowest priced on an electric car I could find is the Nissan Leaf compact at $30k. The Chevy Volt starts at about $3500 more, and if one steps into an entry level Telsa (Model 3), they're looking at parting with $46k.

    I think another deterrent is the range and lack of available charging stations.
     
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    I think people will get there someday in some fashion but for now, energy conversion and potential for gasoline and battery , there's no contest that gasoline will always win hands down when it comes to range and efficiency of stored energy wither in liquid or chemical form. Kilo for kilo , pound for pound, batteries will always displace gasoline reservoirs in both weight, mass, and volume for the same amount of stored energy required for operation of a car , making gasoline still the most efficient and productive way to go when making a decision between electric and gasoline.
     
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    This documentary convinced me to stay away from electric cars.


    But I like the Prius.
    (Rented one once.)
    It's more affordable & versatile than Tesla.
    And it won't stink of Elon Musk.
     
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    The real problem is that no one is manufacturing an inexpensive, no frills, commuter electric car. One that goes 40 miles on a charge, drives like any other car in terms of acceleration, comfort, safety, and functionality, and costs under 15k brand new. This would not be the car to take the family on vacation, or 'the whole gang' to the big game. This would a small, simple, basic car that we'd use all the rest of the time; back and forth to work, to the grocery store, to all those other short-drive errands that we use our cars for nearly every day. A glorified mini-utility vehicle. Small, lightweight, and cheap. Something that we could plug in at home, use, and plug back in when we return because we rarely need to go more than 40 miles at any one time.

    If someone would start producing this "model A" of modern electric cars, I think they'd sell millions of them. Why no one is doing it is a mystery. I guess the problem is that everyone wants to sell 10 cars for 100K each rather than 100 cars for 10K each. So they all want in at the high end of the market.

    (I just saw a McClarin on my way home from the grocery store a little while ago, and the driver was not getting anywhere any faster than I was. Or than he would have been in a cheap electric commuter car.)
     
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    Buying a car.....
    Electric
    Inexpensive

    Pick one.
     
  11. Notanumber

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    That documentary is somewhat off putting, but one of my customers bought a BMW i3 with a motorbike engine for backup and he let me drive it.

    I was very impressed with the acceleration although I’m not looking for a high performance car.

    Having got accustomed to driving an automatic for the last 20 years, I think this is why I find the idea of an electric car so appealing.

    This looks decent.

     
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  12. ChristineM

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    Can i understand you will not be looking for a european manufactured car?

    Because my friend bought a renault zoe a couple of months ago. Just completed a 2000k trip that cost him €7 on charging costs.
     
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    No, but I want to buy Tesla, model S for example) Maybe even used.
     
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