I used to think plug-in hybrids were stupid too. They are if you think about them as merely high mileage gas cars. Better to just buy a pure gas car.There are a LOT of reasons why gas-electric hybrids are stupid. First, they are a lot more complicated. The dual propulsion system costs about $8k per vehicle extra. Consumer reports estimated gas would have to equal $8.50 a gallon to break even. Second, you have much less cargo space, because you have to haul all those batteries. Third, the performance of the batteries degrades over time, so the range gets shorter and shorter.
The new Focus gets 37mpg - 40 if you get one with the air shutters. That is a phenomenal engineering feat for such a big car. (better gas mileage than the toy-like Fiat, with 160HP vs. the Fiat's 110HP).
Electric Energy does exists naturally, it usually is converted from another source, usually natural gas or fossil fuel. Electric Car gives you the most independence because you use multiple fuels to power it. You can plug it into a gas generator if you want use gas, you connect to a solar array or you get it straight from Edison if you like. A Gasoline Car is solely dependent on GAS, that is why the cartels can charge what the market will bear.I love the idea of electric cars, but I am concerned that when they become very popular, electricity prices will go sky high. We don't want to become to dependent on one type of energy.
Not really a big deal. You lose about 3 cubic feet. Bike fits fine. Maybe two.The range is good enough for my daily commute and for the foreseeable future electricity is included in our rent. However seeing that battery pack take up what looks to be most of the cargo area is a major buzz kill.
This is a very good point worth saying. With Electric you DO get options on energy sources. As the technology progresses we will have solar, wind and other potential ways of generating energy to charge our cars. With solar in particular, the costs of generating energy will be much less. If we get solar panels for the home, we save long term on electric costs and can charge our cars with it, reducing dependence on big oil, or big energy and promoting independence, and isn't that what we want? It will be a win, win scenario.Electric Energy does exists naturally, it usually is converted from another source, usually natural gas or fossil fuel. Electric Car gives you the most independence because you use multiple fuels to power it. You can plug it into a gas generator if you want use gas, you connect to a solar array or you get it straight from Edison if you like. A Gasoline Car is solely dependent on GAS, that is why the cartels can charge what the market will bear.
Focus EV horror story:
In my first month with the car it has been in for servicing twice and its going back today for its third visit.
On March 5 (the 29th day that I owned the car) I got a message 7 times that said "Pull Over Safely" Once I stopped the car would shut down for anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes. At times it would happen as I am stopping at a stop sign or stop light so I wasn't able to pull to the side of the road.
This has happened about 12 times total in the first month with the car. Ford can't fix it.
Don't buy this car until they have the problem fixed.