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Old 02-21-2013, 04:42 PM   #5
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I have a friend with a Jetta Sportwagon TDI, and he reports 55 mpg on the highway during travels to NO, LA from Memphis, TN. I've quizzed him on how people make mistakes figuring fuel economy, so it seems he's using the right math. I'm not about to go purchase one right now because it's not worth it for me- not even a new gasoline car is not cost effective. It's dumb to spend $300/mo to save $500/yr in fuel. If I had the extra cash, I'd probably buy a used Leaf since those can be had for about what I could build an electric for myself. I saw one recently under $20k around town. I only have a 50 mi RT drive to work, so that would probably work. Most Leaf owners are selling their cars because the actual range is about 60 miles instead of 100. Like the car owners suing auto-makers, these people forgot to factor in things like lights, radio, and AC in their range calculations. Not to mention the effect of ambient heat and cold on the battery.
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