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brbaritone

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:03:28 AM

Consumers worrying about the greenhouse effect - or just how spending too many greenbacks on gas will affect their household budgets - should check out the super-efficient cars automakers are offering in 2013.

Roughly a half-dozen electric cars or plug-in hybrids offer the equivalent of 95 miles per gallon or more in combined city/highway driving, while some boast a shockingly good 100 mpg or higher.

"I think we're going to see more and more people in the mainstream -- not just liberals, but everyone -- saying: 'Why not just [buy a super-efficient car]? After all, the technology is proven,'" says Phil Reed, an Edmunds.com senior consumer-advice editor who drives an electric-powered Nissan Leaf.

5) Chevrolet Volt
4) Nissan Leaf
3) Ford C-Max Energi
2) Ford Focus BEV
1) Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 5:42:37 PM

While our Camry hybrid may not get the mpgs some of those listed get, we're very happy with its performance & ride.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:16:32 AM

I think I'll pass on all of them.
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:42:41 AM

ok
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millerin
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:40:12 AM

great
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:47:29 AM

I don't want any of them. I like the Volt concept, but not the price or vehicle design.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:23:33 AM

Still a long way to go for mainstream acceptance...but these units are a start.
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NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:21:39 AM

It's difficult to believe that people like Jerry Kronenberg, the journalist credited with authoring this article, actually get paid.
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virostek
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:19:41 AM

OK.
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335d1
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:39:47 AM

Once they get better range, they may be more attractive to drivers.
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kenji554
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 5:00:45 AM

niche market cars
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 1:23:49 AM

NOTHING LISTED THAT I WILL BUY !!!!!!

MY STRAIGHT SIX RWD IS RUNNING JUST FINE !!!!!!
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:56:08 PM

I don't want and they are not mainstream.
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BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:19:21 PM


I see nothing I want.
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PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:20:45 PM

Would be ok for around town.
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SVmike
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:40:40 PM

These EV cars are perfect for the second car in a family
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Anty57
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:53:03 PM

waiting for 5 more years
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truvoice1
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:59:39 PM

Most of these vehicles only make sense if you use them for local errands like taking the kids back and forth to school, light grocery shopping, etc. In that way you won't exceed their range restrictions. As Wanda127 points out below, these EVs will probably never be a mainstream, high volume seller unless they can combine realistic daily mileage capacity (100 -200 miles) with SUV-like passenger and cargo capacity. With that in mind, why did Ford cancel the Escape Hybrid?
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mmcentire
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:53:23 PM

Uhm...no thanks
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:35:34 PM

I don't like any of these cars because they are too small. I want a small 5-6 passenger SUV that gets good fuel mileage with a full load.
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crep1291
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:26:39 PM

The list will probably be completely different in 2014.
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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 12:45:28 PM

I pass........
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 12:23:52 PM

Everyone's in the same boat with a power outage. Hurricane Sandy ring a bell?
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CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:57:30 AM

There are going to be a lot of mad Californians the next time they have rolling blackouts and they have to take the bus because they missed their charge window...
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dbellie
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:51:33 AM

I'll take two wheels
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amgine27
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:42:59 AM

all trash cars
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ZeroBoxes
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:39:58 AM

I wonder which win end up the number one seller? Similar to Beta/VHS/8-track/cassette/MP3/Sat Radio?
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:23:36 AM

The Leaf is only $18,800 in some places with the state and federal subsidies.
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:34:46 AM

You have to be out of your mind to buy these. They cost too much, don't go very far, take too long to recharge, and more than likely are falsely advertised for mileage efficiency. You cannot compare an all electric car to a car running on gasoline for mpg.
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TripleHs
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:32:00 AM

make them more affordable
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:29:02 AM

There is purchase price, and then there is running cost. Two very different things.

gasoline cars cheap to buy, expensive to run
diesel cars more expensive to buy, less expensive to run
hybrids cars even more expensive to buy, even less expensive to run
electric cars expensive to buy, cheap to run

Handy rule of thumb: the distance you can travel on $5.00 of gasoline, will cost you $3.50 for diesel (even if diesel is more expensive than gasoline) and roughly $0.80--0.90 for electricity
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Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:27:22 AM

"spending too many greenbacks on gas"?
So they think we would choose this alternate - spend too much money on an EV that would also raise the cost of our monthly electric bills to charge them?
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1stupedaso
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:09:53 AM

If only I had the money
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:06:58 AM

I do not want them.
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cdrrod
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:06:13 AM

Ehhh, rather nice - but what about trunk space when you want to take a vacation? Pfft!
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:03:10 AM

i dont want that dung ever............
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bills299
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:38:21 AM

Too small for me!
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knutzAL
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:35:48 AM

Nope.
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YaBassa
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:32:02 AM

I favor the Volt, but after the next generation is released and the price drops
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:22:28 AM

Not for me.
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LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:13:09 AM

Not unless the stereotype of a driver of one of these goes away. Not happening.
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car253
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:06:21 AM

Not me, the only one that even makes a little bit of sense is the Volt.
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brbaritone
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:05:46 AM

More snippets:

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric cars typically cost $5,000 to $10,000 more than comparable gas-powered models, as they have expensive battery packs and large research and development costs.
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Reed himself leased a Leaf not just for environmental reasons, but also because his home state of California allows electric-vehicle drivers to use Los Angeles' HOV lanes without car pooling. That shaves some 90 hours a year off of his commute to and from work.

The auto editor also calculates that his Leaf is so energy efficient that running it is like paying just $1.50 a gallon for gas.

"It's insurance against future energy shocks," Reed says. "That's one way to look at it."
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All numbers reflect U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates for combined city and highway driving, but are marked "mpge" instead of "mpg" because they refer to a "miles per gallon equivalent" for cars running mostly or entirely on batteries.
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OTISFL
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:05:28 AM

I'll go with Mitsubishi!
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