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Old 10-19-2014, 09:41 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Astro View Post
At the prices you are paying why doesn't everybody have an electric car.
Because gas in my town is only $3.20 / gallonUS, $0.85 / Liter right now and going down.
My electricity is $0.15 / kWh so a leaf is $0.045 / mile and a PriusC costs $0.058. A Ford Fiesta is $0.08. Add in the limited life of the Leaf battery at $5,500 every 5 years/ 80,000 miles (hidden cost of $0.07 / mile is probably quite a bit higher than a ice drivetrain), and the limited range, and the best gas cars are still cheaper to run and more versatile.
Battery Capacity Loss - Electric Vehicle Wiki
If gas were $9 / gallonUS as it is in Europe it would be a different story. But then electricity is more expensive there also. The other thing to consider is road tax. Eventually the free ride for electrics will end.
But electricity is renewable and fossil fuel not so much so it is important to start learning how to use electric transportation now so we will be good at it when the oil runs out.

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