Comment Of The Day: Do The Math Edition

Photo credit Andrew Collins/Jalopnik
Photo credit Andrew Collins/Jalopnik

It’s easy to rattle off platitudes about how clean and efficient hybrid and electric cars are. But have you ever really done the math?

This Chevrolet Volt owner has, and it’s a level of detail, pedantry and dedication to energy usage I don’t often see.

The setup: a commenter said one solution to the looming problem of an EV minerals shortage is to do more plug-in hybrids over full electrics. And reader Cory Stansbury seems to agree, from experience:


Damn, man. Anyone who says electric and hybrid car enthusiasts can’t be real enthusiasts are dead wrong.

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

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I have a 6 year old Volt and can confirm. The cars are cheap to run and for other reasons not mentioned:

A: Used ones- even lightly used- are really cheap. We bought ours 3 years ago for 18k even though it was close to 40k new. If I bought the same year today I could get one for around 10k or less.

B: A lot less maintenance. The engine barely runs so I change the oil once a year and even then the oil life shows at 50% still remaining. Spark plugs, air filters, and so on will probably last the lifetime of the car since again- the engine doesn’t run much

C: Many workplaces offer free charging. Mine does and so I simply pay to “fill” mine at home, about 70 cents a day.

D: The savings from not using gas is real.

E: A lot less time spent at the filling station too and as you know... time is money...