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diesel8888
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2012 10:37:18 AM

I think this is a great idea, but I'm not sure that I'm sold on it as of yet. The cost and distance is not convincing enough..... What do you think?
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 2:56:05 AM

Not yet.
eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:14:50 PM

Yes, have to compare capability (drive time vs down time) and the price.
The Volt is good because it has a backup power source when the batteries are dead. However for cars like the Leaf, the time you can drive it vs time it needs to sit for recharging is not high enough (and the infrastructure's not there). Plus the fact the car is expensive... Not very easy to adopt this.

If a gasoline car took 8 hours to refill, I'm sure people would also have a stink even if it was cheap... Even worse is if you have to go somewhere special to fill.

(Even CNG/LNG is faster at refilling?)

[Edited by: eccerr0r at 12/13/2012 8:16:45 PM EST]
FieroGT
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 6:22:49 AM

No
JOE7BEN
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:45:11 PM

no
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:13:36 PM

For us a Nissan Leaf could work as we seldom go more than ten miles unless it is on a major trip where a Nissan Leaf would definitely not work. But since we have a bunch of cars losing one and adding a Leaf might be an option.
BigGreen1
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 6:58:26 PM

No way!
Moe86
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 6:22:49 PM

No.
wrmedic
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 1:59:16 PM

may be a good idea for big city commuters but not an option out here in the sticks
Nicanite
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 1:44:30 PM

no
mingaa57
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:06:37 PM

personally - no, it is a big part of our future - that and / or the fuel cell
puddy
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:10:36 AM

no
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:46:40 AM

I doubt I'd ever buy one.
fatfed
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:16:34 AM

no
kenpowers
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:13:53 AM

no
EdPG
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:11:51 AM

No
ReddevilNO
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 6:44:24 AM

Not really...
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 5:54:09 PM

I don't foresee ever having one, based on present technology
Bridge2012
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 9:25:34 PM

no. My car and cell phone battery die to soon!
2amy
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 8:32:55 PM

I am not sure. The cost would have to be below a gas car in mu opinion.
Z12
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 6:29:55 PM

Yes
dandeeman
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 5:12:29 PM

NOPE
geobmw
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 2:44:17 PM

no
Moe86
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 2:43:46 PM

Yes.
BCNU
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 11:24:31 AM

sure
dhmac
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 11:10:50 AM

No
philipph
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 11:07:25 AM

if the city provide enough electricity
RacerGene
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 11:04:42 AM

Im ready
cymk
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2012 12:44:09 PM

Id love to have one, but the range of electric vehicles combines withe the cost doesn't make it affordable enough to get one.
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2012 12:09:27 PM

I hear if you run them into a deep puddle, there's a chance they'll catch fire and explode
diesel8888
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2012 12:06:48 PM

Well said rte3tdi!
kellyoneal
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:50:35 PM

no
rte3tdi
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:30:25 PM

Since electric cars have a limited battery capacity, most users will not be able to put a lot of miles.

Since owners will not put a lot of miles, it will take many years to recover the investment.

I can buy a 38/42 mpg Cruze for $18k or a Volt for $40k (maybe $33k after a tax break) that has a range less than 40 miles and gets the exact same mileage when it runs on gasoline.

I can buy a Leaf for $35k and get 38 miles/dollar, or 2.6 cents/mile, or I can buy a Nissan Versa for $14k that gets 28/34 mpg, or 10 cents/mile. It would take about 200,000 miles to break even, assuming I don't have to buy a new set of batteries.

Is there another benefit, other than paying money to make a statement that you care about the enviroment?
gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 5:28:42 PM

99% of my driving is local city driving so I could utilize an electric car but I'll wait a while before adding it to my list of potential purchases.
STEVE853
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 4:07:43 PM

No
Moe86
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 3:13:54 PM

No.
wintersucks
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 6:02:42 AM

Won't work for me. More time/miles racked on on the days off and on the farm than just getting from point a-b. Still waiting for the diesel hybrid, makes far more sense than a gasoline model. There is a very good reason that they make diesel generators.
Big Dan
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 12:46:42 AM

Yes
noblegiant
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 12:30:37 AM

No
Bridge2012
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 9:41:07 PM

no
fkkf92
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 9:17:54 PM

no
Moe86
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 1:48:53 PM

No.
diesel8888
Champion Author Salt Lake City

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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 12:44:52 PM

Ford focus is coming out with their own EV. MRSP $41K. What a bargain!!!!
russells350
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 7:37:47 AM

no
Millers37
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 7:31:26 AM

No not really
barryw8
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 7:17:37 AM

yes
FieroGT
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 6:36:57 AM

EV's are way to expensive for what you get in size.
russells350
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 7:42:17 AM

no
Millers37
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 7:39:24 AM

No, not really
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 7:38:39 AM

Shocking question....
Moe86
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 11:58:39 PM

Yes.
13Octane
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 6:06:50 PM

sure
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