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Reply #60 on: February 04, 2019, 12:45:10 PM
Does anyone remember the original Honda Civic with the first CVCC engines?
Those things were able to get the same mileage somehow that the Hybrids seem to get now?
You could buy the HF version here for the most economy and least performance as an option even.

Then Poof they vanished for some reason and the Hybrid is what we were left with?

I still have no clue what happened to them and why we had to accept the Hybrid as the replacement but the Tech was clearly there for that kind of mileage back then so......?

I did have a Fit a few years ago and did really like it but it was just too Tiny for me in the end too.

My friends Kids though LOVE it as their first car and it does keep plugging along despite a team of Teens trying to kill it!


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Reply #61 on: February 04, 2019, 01:35:45 PM
I drove a hybrid SUV extensively for about 9 years, including long road trips without any trouble.  :tu:

All electric cars still suck not only because of the limited range, but because of the recharge time. For example I did a road trip last year where I drove 1000 miles on 2 different days of it (most of the time I average 500-800 miles cross country), which would not have been possible with an electric. It took a little over 16 hours to drive that far in my current (gasoline powered) car, and I could have done the same thing in a hybrid with no problem. But if I had a fancy-pants Tesla, with 335 mile range and a 9 1/2 hour recharge time (assuming I could find a place to charge every 335 mi.), it would have taken at least 35 hours to do the same 1000 miles, given that there would have been 2 recharges necessary. So for me, hybrid yes, economical gasoline power yes, all electric? No way.  I'll not only leave a Tesla in the dust, I'll leave it back there a few states, in a different part of the world. :D
Just curious, what was the rough route of that 1000 mile trip? :)
I bet I could find charging stations along it.

It was actually a 7000 mile trip from Atlanta to the San Francisco Bay Area and back. I suppose I could have found places to charge or plug in too, but the point is that it's a 9+ hour ordeal to recharge, while I can gas up and be rolling in 5 minutes.  ;)
In the interests of accuracy:
If you had a fancy Tesla Model S, with a 70kWh battery, driving from Atlanta to San  Francisco would require 43 hours of driving, with an extra 13 hours of charging time on top.
Total trip time (not including sleeping, breaks, some of which you could do during the charges) would then be 56 hours.
I don't know anything about driving from Atlanta to San Francisco, does the 43 hours of driving sound correct?
https://www.evtripplanner.com/planner/2-8/?id=b0qy91s9
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Reply #62 on: February 04, 2019, 03:48:46 PM
You can get <1 hour charging these days and it's getting faster.

The charging and infrastructure is improving, but still...

A Tesla 'supercharge' is about 75 minutes for a full charge (335 mi. range), which is still 2 1/2 hours more than it would take me on a 1000 mile day, given that you would need 2 'supercharges'. That is a significant amount of time to add to an already 16+ hour drive. Also it currently costs about $22 for a full charge at a 'supercharge' station, which are not abundant outside urban areas, so again good luck finding one (or 2 in this case). I'm only using Tesla as the example because they currently have the farthest range for all-electrics.

So side by side, my car and a Tesla leave at the same time, and the Telsa stops for a 'supercharge' at ideally about 335 miles, and spends $22 for a recharge. I drive 500 miles and spend $22 for a fill up (at current prices) in about 5 minutes, which will get me another 500 miles. Meanwhile the Tesla is 75 minutes behind me at my 500 mile mark, and will have to 'supercharge' again before reaching 1000 miles to the tune of (currently) another $22, and still arrive 2 1/2 hours behind me. The farther the trip, the more it adds up.

I think the electrics are probably good for around town, but I can also imagine being in a full panic, with a dead battery cell in the middle of nowhere. Electric cars are still evolving, but for now it's neither an economical or sensible option for me.  :dunno:


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Reply #63 on: February 04, 2019, 03:57:12 PM
You can get <1 hour charging these days and it's getting faster.

The charging and infrastructure is improving, but still...

A Tesla 'supercharge' is about 75 minutes for a full charge (335 mi. range), which is still 2 1/2 hours more than it would take me on a 1000 mile day, given that you would need 2 'supercharges'. That is a significant amount of time to add to an already 16+ hour drive. Also it currently costs about $22 for a full charge at a 'supercharge' station, which are not abundant outside urban areas, so again good luck finding one (or 2 in this case). I'm only using Tesla as the example because they currently have the farthest range for all-electrics.

So side by side, my car and a Tesla leave at the same time, and the Telsa stops for a 'supercharge' at ideally about 335 miles, and spends $22 for a recharge. I drive 500 miles and spend $22 for a fill up (at current prices) in about 5 minutes, which will get me another 500 miles. Meanwhile the Tesla is 75 minutes behind me at my 500 mile mark, and will have to 'supercharge' again before reaching 1000 miles to the tune of (currently) another $22, and still arrive 2 1/2 hours behind me. The farther the trip, the more it adds up.

I think the electrics are probably good for around town, but I can also imagine being in a full panic, with a dead battery cell in the middle of nowhere. Electric cars are still evolving, but for now it's neither an economical or sensible option for me.  :dunno:

I think that the times you are using are specifically assuming that you will not be making stop offs for food and bathroom breaks over that time in the gas powered car. If you organise the breaks with the charging the difference is going to be considerably less?

Oh and can I express jealousy for how cheap your gas is? 500 miles for $22. Price is 3-4X that here.
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Reply #64 on: February 04, 2019, 03:58:55 PM
I drove a hybrid SUV extensively for about 9 years, including long road trips without any trouble.  :tu:

All electric cars still suck not only because of the limited range, but because of the recharge time. For example I did a road trip last year where I drove 1000 miles on 2 different days of it (most of the time I average 500-800 miles cross country), which would not have been possible with an electric. It took a little over 16 hours to drive that far in my current (gasoline powered) car, and I could have done the same thing in a hybrid with no problem. But if I had a fancy-pants Tesla, with 335 mile range and a 9 1/2 hour recharge time (assuming I could find a place to charge every 335 mi.), it would have taken at least 35 hours to do the same 1000 miles, given that there would have been 2 recharges necessary. So for me, hybrid yes, economical gasoline power yes, all electric? No way.  I'll not only leave a Tesla in the dust, I'll leave it back there a few states, in a different part of the world. :D
Just curious, what was the rough route of that 1000 mile trip? :)
I bet I could find charging stations along it.

It was actually a 7000 mile trip from Atlanta to the San Francisco Bay Area and back. I suppose I could have found places to charge or plug in too, but the point is that it's a 9+ hour ordeal to recharge, while I can gas up and be rolling in 5 minutes.  ;)
In the interests of accuracy:
If you had a fancy Tesla Model S, with a 70kWh battery, driving from Atlanta to San  Francisco would require 43 hours of driving, with an extra 13 hours of charging time on top.
Total trip time (not including sleeping, breaks, some of which you could do during the charges) would then be 56 hours.
I don't know anything about driving from Atlanta to San Francisco, does the 43 hours of driving sound correct?
https://www.evtripplanner.com/planner/2-8/?id=b0qy91s9

I did not drive directly there and back, it was a roundabout trip using a more southerly route on the way there and a more northerly route on the way back, plus some driving in between. But yes, a direct drive to SF would be about 3 days at 12 hours a day, I have done this also. So around 36 if you pushed it.  :tu:


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Reply #65 on: February 04, 2019, 04:01:35 PM
You can get <1 hour charging these days and it's getting faster.

The charging and infrastructure is improving, but still...

A Tesla 'supercharge' is about 75 minutes for a full charge (335 mi. range), which is still 2 1/2 hours more than it would take me on a 1000 mile day, given that you would need 2 'supercharges'. That is a significant amount of time to add to an already 16+ hour drive. Also it currently costs about $22 for a full charge at a 'supercharge' station, which are not abundant outside urban areas, so again good luck finding one (or 2 in this case). I'm only using Tesla as the example because they currently have the farthest range for all-electrics.

So side by side, my car and a Tesla leave at the same time, and the Telsa stops for a 'supercharge' at ideally about 335 miles, and spends $22 for a recharge. I drive 500 miles and spend $22 for a fill up (at current prices) in about 5 minutes, which will get me another 500 miles. Meanwhile the Tesla is 75 minutes behind me at my 500 mile mark, and will have to 'supercharge' again before reaching 1000 miles to the tune of (currently) another $22, and still arrive 2 1/2 hours behind me. The farther the trip, the more it adds up.

I think the electrics are probably good for around town, but I can also imagine being in a full panic, with a dead battery cell in the middle of nowhere. Electric cars are still evolving, but for now it's neither an economical or sensible option for me.  :dunno:

I think that the times you are using are specifically assuming that you will not be making stop offs for food and bathroom breaks over that time in the gas powered car. If you organise the breaks with the charging the difference is going to be considerably less.

Oh and can I express jealousy for how cheap your gas is? 500 miles for $22. Price is 3-4X that here.

Yes, gas is cheap right now.  :tu: Also my car gets nearly 50mpg on the highway.  :tu:

As far as food and bathroom, I assume we all have to do that, no matter what we are driving, so I consider that a wash.  :)

(I will add that when I drive a very long distance in one day, it is less than leisurely, so the breaks are brief)
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Reply #66 on: February 04, 2019, 04:17:32 PM
Does anyone remember the original Honda Civic with the first CVCC engines?
Those things were able to get the same mileage somehow that the Hybrids seem to get now?
You could buy the HF version here for the most economy and least performance as an option even.

Then Poof they vanished for some reason and the Hybrid is what we were left with?

I still have no clue what happened to them and why we had to accept the Hybrid as the replacement but the Tech was clearly there for that kind of mileage back then so......?

I did have a Fit a few years ago and did really like it but it was just too Tiny for me in the end too.

My friends Kids though LOVE it as their first car and it does keep plugging along despite a team of Teens trying to kill it!

I remember, the old Civics were tiny too. Honda still does a good job making economical cars!  :tu:

I think it's like Ben was saying, the hybrids do a better job at slow speeds in town, and about the same on the highway as regular gas cars. This has been my experience as well.


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Reply #67 on: February 04, 2019, 04:23:41 PM
I will say too that I have no real world experience with an all electric car, so my ideal of using the full range of the battery and fully charging it are just hypothetical. I don't think people use the full range or fully charge them very often, so it's probably way less efficient than I think it is, and probably a ginormous hassle on a road trip.  :D


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Reply #68 on: February 04, 2019, 08:57:27 PM
Personally, I have no intention of buying any electric or hybrid vehicle anytime soon.

One; I don’t think the technology has been fully perfected yet, maybe give it 5-10 more years

Second; I prefer SUV, Jeeps and Trucks, I like the higher driving position, higher ground clearance, off road ability and just overall practicality.

Third: I like basic vehicles that I can work on and fix myself, I see all the gizmos in new cars; as just more to go wrong and be a nightmare to get fixed, especially given how sensitive electronics are in modern cars


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Reply #69 on: February 04, 2019, 10:09:15 PM
Personally, I have no intention of buying any electric or hybrid vehicle anytime soon.

One; I don’t think the technology has been fully perfected yet, maybe give it 5-10 more years

Second; I prefer SUV, Jeeps and Trucks, I like the higher driving position, higher ground clearance, off road ability and just overall practicality.

Third: I like basic vehicles that I can work on and fix myself, I see all the gizmos in new cars; as just more to go wrong and be a nightmare to get fixed, especially given how sensitive electronics are in modern cars


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I feel pretty much the same but it turns out that the Prius is one of the most reliable Toyotas that has been around in a long time too!?!?


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Reply #70 on: February 05, 2019, 08:48:31 AM
Personally, I have no intention of buying any electric or hybrid vehicle anytime soon.

One; I don’t think the technology has been fully perfected yet, maybe give it 5-10 more years

Second; I prefer SUV, Jeeps and Trucks, I like the higher driving position, higher ground clearance, off road ability and just overall practicality.

Third: I like basic vehicles that I can work on and fix myself, I see all the gizmos in new cars; as just more to go wrong and be a nightmare to get fixed, especially given how sensitive electronics are in modern cars


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I feel pretty much the same but it turns out that the Prius is one of the most reliable Toyotas that has been around in a long time too!?!?

I wouldn’t know, I have never owned a Prius

Until they make one with 4WD and raised suspension, I don’t think I ever will either


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Reply #71 on: February 05, 2019, 11:12:04 AM
You can get <1 hour charging these days and it's getting faster.

The charging and infrastructure is improving, but still...

A Tesla 'supercharge' is about 75 minutes for a full charge (335 mi. range), which is still 2 1/2 hours more than it would take me on a 1000 mile day, given that you would need 2 'supercharges'. That is a significant amount of time to add to an already 16+ hour drive. Also it currently costs about $22 for a full charge at a 'supercharge' station, which are not abundant outside urban areas, so again good luck finding one (or 2 in this case). I'm only using Tesla as the example because they currently have the farthest range for all-electrics.

So side by side, my car and a Tesla leave at the same time, and the Telsa stops for a 'supercharge' at ideally about 335 miles, and spends $22 for a recharge. I drive 500 miles and spend $22 for a fill up (at current prices) in about 5 minutes, which will get me another 500 miles. Meanwhile the Tesla is 75 minutes behind me at my 500 mile mark, and will have to 'supercharge' again before reaching 1000 miles to the tune of (currently) another $22, and still arrive 2 1/2 hours behind me. The farther the trip, the more it adds up.

I think the electrics are probably good for around town, but I can also imagine being in a full panic, with a dead battery cell in the middle of nowhere. Electric cars are still evolving, but for now it's neither an economical or sensible option for me.  :dunno:
Misleading.  :)
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They take about 20 minutes to charge to 50%, 40 minutes to charge to 80%, and 75 minutes to 100% on the original 85 kWh Model S.
It's the last 20% that takes 35 minutes, so you wouldn't go above 80% if you were at a supercharger station.

Instead of two 75 minute stops in a 1000 mile trip, you would make three 40 minutes stops. Which takes 2 hours, shaving 30 minutes off.

I'm not trying to argue that it doesn't take longer to charge an electric car, just saying that it takes about 30 minutes less than you're saying. :cheers:
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Reply #72 on: February 05, 2019, 11:22:11 AM
Also, us Europeans laugh in pain everytime we hear the price of petrol in the US.  :rofl:
The price over here makes electric seem better by comparison.
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Reply #73 on: February 05, 2019, 12:09:55 PM
I suppose I should say why I'm so biased towards electric cars.  :D

I live on an island the size of South Carolina. And I'm lead to understand that's small by American standards.

From the capital city to the farthest point of land is about 350km. Most of the electric cars on the market can manage that without a recharge. And why would I drive to the literal lands end without spending a few hours there that I could use to recharge my hypothetical electric car?  :D

And if I take my electric car to the mainland on a ferry, I'm about three recharges away from about 5 different countries.

Plus, with petrol being expensive, and diesel looking to be banned in the city in the near future.....

So, that's my bias. :cheers:
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Reply #74 on: February 05, 2019, 01:21:59 PM
I didn't own mine for long,it was just too small for me really and I also drive trucks.
Toyota sells Hybrid SUVs though and so does/did GM,even the big ones!

I work for and with car dealers though a lot and it is pretty widely accepted that the Toyota Prius is maybe the most reliable platform that they sell,thats all I was trying to say.
They have not just evolved that way either but from the very start the Prius have been oddly reliable it seems so the idea that the complexity of the Hybrid system is an issue does not seem to be the case.
Sure it would be pricey to replace a main battery pack but even these have proved to last a lot longer than expected it seems.

Personally, I have no intention of buying any electric or hybrid vehicle anytime soon.

One; I don’t think the technology has been fully perfected yet, maybe give it 5-10 more years

Second; I prefer SUV, Jeeps and Trucks, I like the higher driving position, higher ground clearance, off road ability and just overall practicality.

Third: I like basic vehicles that I can work on and fix myself, I see all the gizmos in new cars; as just more to go wrong and be a nightmare to get fixed, especially given how sensitive electronics are in modern cars


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I feel pretty much the same but it turns out that the Prius is one of the most reliable Toyotas that has been around in a long time too!?!?

I wouldn’t know, I have never owned a Prius

Until they make one with 4WD and raised suspension, I don’t think I ever will either


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Reply #75 on: February 05, 2019, 01:35:09 PM
I didn't own mine for long,it was just too small for me really and I also drive trucks.
Toyota sells Hybrid SUVs though and so does/did GM,even the big ones!

I work for and with car dealers though a lot and it is pretty widely accepted that the Toyota Prius is maybe the most reliable platform that they sell,thats all I was trying to say.
They have not just evolved that way either but from the very start the Prius have been oddly reliable it seems so the idea that the complexity of the Hybrid system is an issue does not seem to be the case.
Sure it would be pricey to replace a main battery pack but even these have proved to last a lot longer than expected it seems.

Personally, I have no intention of buying any electric or hybrid vehicle anytime soon.

One; I don’t think the technology has been fully perfected yet, maybe give it 5-10 more years

Second; I prefer SUV, Jeeps and Trucks, I like the higher driving position, higher ground clearance, off road ability and just overall practicality.

Third: I like basic vehicles that I can work on and fix myself, I see all the gizmos in new cars; as just more to go wrong and be a nightmare to get fixed, especially given how sensitive electronics are in modern cars


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I feel pretty much the same but it turns out that the Prius is one of the most reliable Toyotas that has been around in a long time too!?!?

I wouldn’t know, I have never owned a Prius

Until they make one with 4WD and raised suspension, I don’t think I ever will either


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It’s actually a lot easier than one would expect to replace the battery pack on a Prius

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Reply #76 on: February 05, 2019, 02:16:26 PM
It is,I never claimed it was not easy,just Expensive!

I didn't own mine for long,it was just too small for me really and I also drive trucks.
Toyota sells Hybrid SUVs though and so does/did GM,even the big ones!

I work for and with car dealers though a lot and it is pretty widely accepted that the Toyota Prius is maybe the most reliable platform that they sell,thats all I was trying to say.
They have not just evolved that way either but from the very start the Prius have been oddly reliable it seems so the idea that the complexity of the Hybrid system is an issue does not seem to be the case.
Sure it would be pricey to replace a main battery pack but even these have proved to last a lot longer than expected it seems.

Personally, I have no intention of buying any electric or hybrid vehicle anytime soon.

One; I don’t think the technology has been fully perfected yet, maybe give it 5-10 more years

Second; I prefer SUV, Jeeps and Trucks, I like the higher driving position, higher ground clearance, off road ability and just overall practicality.

Third: I like basic vehicles that I can work on and fix myself, I see all the gizmos in new cars; as just more to go wrong and be a nightmare to get fixed, especially given how sensitive electronics are in modern cars


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I feel pretty much the same but it turns out that the Prius is one of the most reliable Toyotas that has been around in a long time too!?!?

I wouldn’t know, I have never owned a Prius

Until they make one with 4WD and raised suspension, I don’t think I ever will either


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It’s actually a lot easier than one would expect to replace the battery pack on a Prius

https://youtu.be/Q3RCdrh666w


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Reply #77 on: February 05, 2019, 02:26:40 PM
The battery packs on the original Tesla Roadster are going on 10 years old now. They could be considered as Tesla's "prototype", not as good as the newer ones in the Model S and especially in the Model 3. But even those original roadster packs are mostly at about 80% capacity mark, according to the owners, after 10 years.
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Reply #78 on: February 05, 2019, 02:45:59 PM
I suppose I should say why I'm so biased towards electric cars.  :D

I live on an island the size of South Carolina. And I'm lead to understand that's small by American standards.

From the capital city to the farthest point of land is about 350km. Most of the electric cars on the market can manage that without a recharge. And why would I drive to the literal lands end without spending a few hours there that I could use to recharge my hypothetical electric car?  :D

And if I take my electric car to the mainland on a ferry, I'm about three recharges away from about 5 different countries.

Plus, with petrol being expensive, and diesel looking to be banned in the city in the near future.....

So, that's my bias. :cheers:

I understand Pabs, I think when they get the range up to 500 miles and there is more charging infrastructure, it would be a more viable option for me, if I don't have to pay too much for one. Taking a long trip and driving 4 to 5 hundred miles a day and recharging overnight is not very problematic.  :dunno:

I think what I resent is the 'mystique' of them, which I find vacuous. I will not pay double for a car because of slick marketing which ignore obvious limitations, and falsely promote a lot of trendy environmental advantages that they don't actually have. There is a massive amount of b.s. being shoveled in the promotion of these things that a lot of people believe, obviously, because there is a market for them. I personally won't buy a car solely because I think it will give me a status boost. I think there are better options for status cars, like McLaren or Bentley that are fairly honest about their own ridiculousness.  :D


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Reply #79 on: February 05, 2019, 11:19:24 PM
Blah blah blah about gas millage and range per charge...




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Reply #80 on: February 06, 2019, 12:08:16 AM
Blah blah blah about gas millage and range per charge...

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Reply #81 on: March 08, 2022, 01:01:19 AM
Bunping this one back up for the fun of it.

If you consider me putting $75 worth of gas in my Jeep and barely getting to half a tank fun.

Up until last month I was running about $200/week in gas through my Jeep and now.... well gas is almost $.30/L more than it was a month ago.  And, expected to continue to increase significantly.   :ahhh

I am looking very seriously at trading my beloved Jeep for an electric car, and at the moment, the most likely one is the Chevy Bolt, mostly because of price and availability.  I'd much rather an E Golf, but VW seems more interested in talking about them than producing them.    :facepalm:

A quick bit of math....

I drive approximately 100kms/day currently for work.

The Bolt is rated for 350 km on a full charge.

I would likely charge it with an extension cord plugged into a standard 110V outlet, which has a recharge rate of approximately 6km of range per hour.

It would be plugged in 10-12 hours each night, which would generate between 60 and 70 kms.

That means my consumption of 100 kms/day would be offset by a recharge of 60 kms/day (conservatively), leaving a net consumption of 40kms/day, or 200 kms/week. 

With a 350km range, that means I will still have some range/power for a decent buffer at the end of each week and can recharge completely on weekends, either by leaving it plugged in or make a short trip to a public fast charger.

Unless I am missing something?  Anyone here know about electric cars?   :dunno:

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Reply #82 on: March 08, 2022, 03:18:42 AM
Compared to the rest of the US, California always has some high gas prices.  In 05 when I had my 32 gal truck I was paying about $150 a fill up.  I'm paying $100 with a far smaller tank. 
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Reply #83 on: March 08, 2022, 05:50:02 AM
I'm assuming work isn't contributing to your fuel costs for driving (to/during ? ) work.

Any way to charge while your car is at work ?

Any way to get a higher capacity charging rate at home  ? 

Also if you can get the heaters turned on by a timer to come on a bit before you leave in the morning that will increase your effective range in winter (but only helpful if you are able to fully charge your battery before leaving).
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Reply #84 on: March 08, 2022, 09:55:39 AM
You used to say you needed a car with solid axles Grant..... 
You can always just buy a smaller turbodiesel car, if you are no longer needing the solid axles. They are surprisingly economical, especially coming form an older technology V6.
Even a diesel Jeep of some sort, with the FIAT engines.
Also remember that electric / battery range suffers in cold weather.
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Reply #85 on: March 08, 2022, 10:23:18 AM
I drive an electric car (Polestar 2, 78 kWh battery, 408 hp). I never use the supplied power chord ("granny charger") but instead I have installed an 11 kW charger on my own property. A full charge should take about 7 or 8 hours but realistically you never completely drain the battery nor do you charge to the full 100%. Without my own charging point I don't think I would have chosen an electric vehicle. Using public charging stations is too much of a hassle for me.
When needed I do use fast chargers (100 or 150 kW) which we have plenty of.

Like dks said, the range is hugely affected by cold weather. Something to keep in mind when you live in Canadaland.
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Reply #86 on: March 08, 2022, 12:40:02 PM
Work does contribute to my fuel costs, but it is less than the actual fuel costs and is not enough to cover other associated costs, like the tires I ruin on site, oil changes etc.

There are charging stations not far in either direction, but nothing on site.  I do have the ability to leave work for necessities like fuel, so I can leave for charging too.

It would be n8ce to have the car preheated before I leave, but I'm also thinking of getting a portable heater to run in the winter so I am not adversely affecting my electrical consumption in cold weather.  Most likely a small propane heater.

Solid axles are much more preferable to IFS for the work I do, but I don't do as much of that work as I used to.  Plus I'm looking at a three year car now vs the ten year car I had wanted previously.

In all honesty, I had expected my next vehicle to be a full sized pickup like the F150, and ideally I would go for the electric version of that.... but with fuel costs rising and production issues, I don't know that waiting is an option

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Reply #87 on: March 08, 2022, 04:03:17 PM
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We thought about Plug in Hybrid or full EV last year now with gas and goodness knows what else going on.........
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Reply #88 on: March 08, 2022, 11:55:56 PM
You can always just buy a smaller turbodiesel car, if you are no longer needing the solid axles.
I forget exactly why, but Diesels don't like cold weather. Block heaters would be vital for Canadian (and Michigan) winters! However, a Jeep Liberty with the common-rail Diesel could be a good option...if you can ever find one.
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Reply #89 on: March 08, 2022, 11:59:09 PM
I believe diesel fuel gels at low temperatures.  And, while a diesel might seem like a good idea, diesel fuel here is getting more expensive faster than gasoline.   :ahhh

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