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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?

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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:

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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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1955mercury
55_mercury

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...