Some of you asked how I can justify buying an electric car today, I hope I will be able to answer your questions.
My conclusions are based on my own driving habits, the vehicles my family owns, and the available 100% electric vehicles (EVs) in Canada.
Here are my conclusions:
1. If you need a dedicated city car, it only makes sense to buy EV. You can find below my financial justification.
2. If you like to only own one car and are willing to rent a car for your trips outside of the city, it only makes sense to buy EV.
3. If you choose to own only one car and want to drive often outside of the city in your own car, it does't make sense at the moment to buy EV...unless
- you love the environment and like to do something better,
- you support the guy who really wants to change the world...yes, Elon Musk,
- you like to experience the luxury and unbelievable performance of TESLA Model S,
- you have the required financial independence to do it... it is just a tad too expensive today,
- you are impatient and unwilling to wait another 2 years for your new EV with a 400km range ... yes ... they are coming to a neighbourhood near you.
Below are my evaluations.Last 2 years' statistics for my Xterra 2010:
- 67.6km/day, with over 80% kms or 53km/day in the city
- 12.9l/100km fuel consumption and $1.16/l average cost of gasoline
- All scheduled and unscheduled oil changes and maintenance: $1,000/year
Our city vehicle (Rogue 2010) is a little less expensive (estimated as my wife has a life and does not track everything like I do):
- ~60.0km/day, with over 95% kms or 57km/day in the city
- 10.5l/100km fuel consumption and $1.16/l average cost of gasoline
- All scheduled and unscheduled oil changes and maintenance: $600/year
Can you imagine driving an electric car every day?
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