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  •  Various ideas... (0+ / 0-)

    When I go to my parent's house or stay with a friend, I usually can charge at a 120V at their house.  Cost to charge the car in electricity is $1-2.  I buy them a beer. :)

    It is pretty easy to find a 240V charger these days at commercial locations, though you need to check websites or Google.  So, you can generally recharge during a day of shopping for example.

    Some states like CA have a large number of DC quick chargers so you could recharge while having a cup of coffee. They are starting to show up in some weird places like TN... probably because the Nissan plant is there. :)  CO, where I live, doesn't have any.

    Honestly, though, I use the Leaf for a work commuter and running errands around town.  I live with my girlfriend so we have a 2-car household... which I think is pretty typical in the US.  So if we are going on a long trip, we drive the Jetta.  In the first month, though, we put about 1000 miles on the Leaf at a cost of about $26 in electricity vs the $120 it would have cost in gas at 25mpg in the old car.

    •  I guess (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not typical for the U.S. unless one of my dogs purchases a vehicle.

      My car is paid off, so I should not be looking at any cars!  But I have to admit the Leaf seems like a fantastic option.

      I work in the "green" field and my car only gets about 20 MPG (despite Toyota's claims), so part of me just wants to do it because it's the right thing, even if not the best idea for me economically.

      Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

      by delphine on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 05:19:58 PM PST

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      •  seen the 2013 pricing? (1+ / 0-)
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        Nissan just announced 2013 specs and pricing in the past few days.  They now have a stripped down "S" model for $28,800.  With the federal tax incentive of $7500 +CA incentive of $2500, you can get a new car for $18,800!  If you live in CO (like me :) ), the state incentive is $6000, bringing the price down to ~$15k!

        If your car only gets 20MPG, you will be saving around 13 cents per mile in electricity vs gas.  So for a typical 1000 miles per month, you'll save around $130!  Plus no oil changes, and basically 0 maintenence.

        Not sure if that makes it worthwhile for you, but run the numbers and check it out.  It's pretty amazing how cheap an electric car can be when you factor everything in. :)

        •  Right now I (0+ / 0-)

          only drive about 10 miles round trip to work every day.  

          I probably fill up the tank about 1.5 - 2 times per month, and yeah, that's about $130.  Plus the extra "cost" of feeling crappy as I fill my tank up with planet-killing poison.

          Thing is that my car payment is Zero Dollars.  So I have to do a lot of self-talk about why I am considering taking on any sort of payment or debt right now.

          However, my car, paid off, is a 6 year old Toyota with less than 70k on it.  

          Trade in or sale would probably get me around $8k, bringing your theoretical sale down to about $10,000.

          Wonder what the payment would be?  

          None of the tax rebates apply when you lease, though, do they?

          Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

          by delphine on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:53:56 AM PST

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