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    Thread: What would it take to put you in an electric car?

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      03-28-2012 03:48 PM #51
      Range: 200mi min
      Price: Around $20k

      Nice to have: Ability to drive it beyond the regular commute, aka charging stations like a gas station

      Commute is a tad over a 100 miles, but I want to be able to make side trips if I had to. And the only EVs that come close are those stupid expensive luxo models.

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      03-28-2012 04:05 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Dieselstation View Post
      All this Chevy Volt talk had me thinking.. what would it take to get you into an electric car? Cost? Styling? Value? Size?
      Cost to buy.

      I only drive ~8k miles a year now and my wife drives less so we would be fine with one electric car and one gas car.

      I like the Leaf but initial purchase cost is too high for me now.
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      03-28-2012 04:13 PM #53
      Let me finish paying off the Prius and I'll get an EV after that.

      Though if I get an EV I may sell the Prius for a Sprinter or Transit Connect. Hmmm...
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    4. 03-28-2012 04:14 PM #54
      Evo XI with electric motors at all four corners.

      One can dream.

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      03-28-2012 04:16 PM #55
      I'd have to have a job close to work, and a second car to go the places the electric won't make it too.

      It would be cool if we could have city cars electric, and that were cheap. So I can still afford a 2nd car easily enough for actually getting on the freeway. At my current job we have a GEM car. I'd use one for around town, but at the cost of it I could get 10 years of gas before it does anything usefull.

    6. 03-28-2012 04:16 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0_Mazda View Post
      at least one of these

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    7. 03-28-2012 04:17 PM #57
      In my case, seeing as I bought one and have since put 10k miles on it, literally nothing. Maybe the qeustion should be what would it take toget me out of an electric car and back into a gas burner?

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      03-28-2012 04:18 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by Ben.Reilly View Post
      This basically sums it up for me.
      this

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      03-28-2012 04:33 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by Blk95VR6 View Post
      I am just not wanting to jump on the whole "electric car" bandwagon that a lot of people seem to be enamored with...


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      Some of us liked playing with electric RC cars and planes and understand them in that regard. Rewinding electric motors, custom dump programming for bursts of power, etc. Hot rodding will have a new way of tinkering with them as they become used cars.

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      And sounding like a TIE fighter while doing it. I remember guys hopping up an EV1. Can't wait to see what they do with the Leaf and Volt.
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      03-28-2012 04:41 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      10.2 @ 123 in the quarter:





      And sounding like a TIE fighter while doing it. I remember guys hopping up an EV1. Can't wait to see what they do with the Leaf and Volt.

      I've seen video's of this thing. The jump it takes off the line is insane.
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      Quote Originally Posted by genjy View Post
      Yes, there is a high chance that the tractor trailer was the one going 160MPH, not the Porsche GT2 RS.

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      03-28-2012 04:48 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by Merc-MarkO View Post
      I've seen video's of this thing. The jump it takes off the line is insane.
      Saw this car in person one time. The launch is crazy and it just keeps pulling.

    12. 03-28-2012 04:53 PM #62
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      03-28-2012 05:44 PM #63
      All these people mentioning "cost to buy", why wouldn't you look at leasing (if you can make the mileage restrictions work for you)?

      You get cool technology now without any longterm commitment issues.
      Technology will evolve very quickly. By the time your lease expires batteries should be half the size, twice as efficient, charging technologies should be much better. There will be more competition, so prices should come down... No issues outside of warranty. No dead battery...

      You get the benefits today (with today's limitations) and in 3 years you just get a then-current-technology car.

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      03-28-2012 05:53 PM #64
      I almost leased a LEAF last year, so not much. A touch more range and I would have done it (as due to where my gf lives and parking restrictions, sometimes I would have to go >150 miles between charges.

      I've also been tempted to lease a Volt, but I like no car payments, and I don't need another car.

      But if someone made a
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      03-28-2012 05:56 PM #65
      [QUOTE=Brendan@bwalkauto;76628676]I almost leased a LEAF last year, so not much. A touch more range and I would have done it (as due to where my gf lives and parking restrictions, sometimes I would have to go >150 miles between charges.

      I've also been tempted to lease a Volt, but I like no car payments, and I don't need another car.

      But if someone made a

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      03-28-2012 06:02 PM #66
      [QUOTE=roesner;76628518]All these people mentioning "cost to buy", why wouldn't you look at leasing (if you can make the mileage restrictions work for you)?

      You get cool technology now without any longterm commitment issues.
      Technology will evolve very quickly. By the time your lease expires batteries should be half the size, twice as efficient, charging technologies should be much better. There will be more competition, so prices should come down... No issues outside of warranty. No dead battery...

      You get the benefits today (with today's limitations) and in 3 years you just get a then-current-technology car.

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      03-28-2012 06:04 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by NashGTI View Post
      because any payment is still more than no payment.
      You can say that about any new car. Should new cars cease to be made because you can get a used car cheaper?
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

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      03-28-2012 06:04 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stack View Post
      Id swap my S2000 for a Tesla roadster tomorrow if i ciuld.
      http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/16791...say-that.jhtml

      I was about to say that LOL

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      03-28-2012 06:05 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by roesner View Post
      Used Tesla?
      used roadsters havent depreciated AT ALL. theyll probably make a really good investment.
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      03-28-2012 06:10 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      You can say that about any new car. Should new cars cease to be made because you can get a used car cheaper?
      Without opening a can of worms with my reply, I was just answering why I wouldn't consider leasing an electric. Strictly speaking there's not a new car available I would spend my money on at the moment. The newest vehicle I own is an 03 Hyunda Elantra I paid cash for a couple years back. If you really want to get into specifics cost is not the main reason I wouldn't buy one right now anyway.

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      03-28-2012 06:11 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by Rattlesnake View Post
      1) Faster charging batteries (fully charged in less than 5 minutes)
      2) "electric stations" as common as gas stations across the country
      I couldn't agree more... Until this becomes an actuality, I don't think the electric car market can truly take off.
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      03-28-2012 06:13 PM #72
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      Used Tesla?
      I totally would, but they're outside what I want to spend on a car. They are a great marriage of my love of all things Lotus and EV's.
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      03-28-2012 06:20 PM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by roesner View Post
      All these people mentioning "cost to buy", why wouldn't you look at leasing (if you can make the mileage restrictions work for you)?
      Usually one of our major complaints (range) doesn't bode well for meeting lease mileage restrictions. I would need a minimum of 15k miles a year.

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      03-28-2012 06:38 PM #74
      In order of what I would need
      1. Longer range (150miles +)
      2.faster charge times(10-15mins)
      3. Charge stations at gas stations
      4.similar pricing to regular cars(sub $30k)
      5. Have to come in various sizes since it would be my family car. Little cookie cutter UP or Prius etc won't cut it

      I'm not against EV, but they are currently over priced,underdeveloped,unpracticle. Buying Camry/Passat EV for $25-30k w my requirements would be no brainer for me.
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      03-28-2012 06:48 PM #75
      when an electric car can be used in the same (or close to, i realize the tech ain't there) as a gasoline car then i'll consider biting.

      that means quick charging (5 mins as mentioned elsewhere) and decent range (few hundred miles). and some more info on how well it works in a cold winter. i mean, i would imagine that cabin heat would cause significant reduction in range, nevermind how cold weather is never nice to batteries.

      cost? well, cheap obviously!!! but were it really to fit in with a defined role, i'd be willing to spend significant money... 30k??? 10k??? 40k???? no idea. think it would depend on wether we're talkin a basic commuter car or a full on 100% usable car capable of being driven say, to the cottage or down to florida without issue, or any more effort than a gasoline car.

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