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Old 04-21-2011, 02:49 PM   #51
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I don't have trust in those electric cars. Do you know why? It's because they are not suited for long term travel., only for the city...plus, the batteries are very expensive it's hard to get them
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:21 PM   #52
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I don't have trust in those electric cars. Do you know why? It's because they are not suited for long term travel., only for the city...plus, the batteries are very expensive it's hard to get them
You are right. If you have to travel more than 100 miles without a recharge then obviously this is not the car for you. But for most people their daily commute is less than 50 miles a day.

So if you have a car capable of 100 miles you could drive gas free everyday. Add the capability to charge at work as many have done and maybe you double your commute range to 200 miles.

As for buying a battery, Ford has warrantied the battery for 8yr/100k so that is not something you would have to do for at least that time frame. And it is very likely that batteries in 8 years will be more powerful, lighter, and less expensive.

The battery for the Volt has dropped from 12k to 8k in one year.
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I don't see how you would be saving money. What you save by not going to the pump you will be spending on your electric bill. Unless Electricity becomes free of charge this isn't going to save anyone any money.
Actually because electric motors are cheaper, and the distribution of electrons is very economical you actually can save money over the life of the EV.

Please see this post for more details:

http://fordfocuselectric.com/forums/...b2&t=176&p=335
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:18 AM   #54
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Until coal, oil, and gas burning power plants are replaced by no carbon releasing ones you are just moving greenhouse gas from the tailpipe to the smokestack. Not the big green victory that many people expect from an electric car. Would work for France though. They have the cleanest air in the industrialized world. Why? Nuclear power. It's carbon free.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:06 PM   #55
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You are right. If you have to travel more than 100 miles without a recharge then obviously this is not the car for you. But for most people their daily commute is less than 50 miles a day.

So if you have a car capable of 100 miles you could drive gas free everyday. Add the capability to charge at work as many have done and maybe you double your commute range to 200 miles.

As for buying a battery, Ford has warrantied the battery for 8yr/100k so that is not something you would have to do for at least that time frame. And it is very likely that batteries in 8 years will be more powerful, lighter, and less expensive.

The battery for the Volt has dropped from 12k to 8k in one year.
This is going to be amazing technology in about 5-7 yrs. We need a colossal leap in battery technology. I would buy electric, if it would do 150 miles on a charge.
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:28 PM   #56
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prob just for the lay out look most cars do it
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This car would work very well for me, but I hate not knowing when it will be available and how much it will cost. If I can't plan & budget for it, it's almost better not to know about it.

My commute is only ~6 mi each way. The weather doesn't get very cold here, and the worst climbing involves overpasses. With a little bit of planning, this car would probably satisfy 90%+ of my driving needs.

After working out the $$, it seems that running on electricity would cost ~1/3 of gas. While that's great, I just don't drive enough (and my gas bill isn't high enough) to recoup the cost of an expensive car. (This may be an inherent flaw of electrics--there's a limit to how many miles you can drive because of the battery limitations & the difficulties of recharging.) If (with rebates) this were to cost about the same as a Focus Ti, I probably would get it. But if it is like a Volt (~$33k after rebates), I don't think I could justify it.
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This car would work very well for a two car family. One being an EV, the other a hybrid or traditional gas car. If you already only have one car, then this isn't going to work well for you. If you only have one car (and can really only afford one car) then I think a motorcycle would probably be a better option for you. Plenty of motorcycles get 50+ mpgs, and they can be very quick and fun to drive. Plus they can cost as little as $3k.
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i dont see it saying what the range is
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This car would work very well for a two car family. One being an EV, the other a hybrid or traditional gas car. If you already only have one car, then this isn't going to work well for you. If you only have one car (and can really only afford one car) then I think a motorcycle would probably be a better option for you. Plenty of motorcycles get 50+ mpgs, and they can be very quick and fun to drive. Plus they can cost as little as $3k.
I have a Honda Reflex 250cc scooter that gets almost 70 MPG. ANd it will do over 70 MPH.
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