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What type of alternative fuel car are you buying in the near future?

All electric (EV) car, luxury over $50k like Tesla
7 (46.7%)
EV car but lower priced less than $40k like Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq
5 (33.3%)
Plug-in Hybrid (Chevy Volt, Kia Niro, Honda Clarity)
1 (6.7%)
Hydrogen
0 (0%)
Other
2 (13.3%)

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EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:16:33 AM »
There is an older thread on this:

https://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,12152.0.html

Since a hot topic here is solar, I figure it's partly because you either drive or are planning to drive an EV or plug-in.

Based on what I see in Irvine, seems like most people are getting Teslas, and while the Model 3 starting price is closer to option 2 (< $40k), I think most Model 3s that are bought are closer to option 1 (over $50k).

I'm still in the plug-in hybrid camp as I like the option to still be able to drive on T-Rex fuel if I don't have Ben Franklin juice available.

Once my kids are old enough to drive, most likely we will get them a pure EV so they don't have to worry about gas (just like they don't know what a corded phone with a dial is).

For myself, I'm still looking for a bigger plug-in like the Pacifica (plus it's a minivan), but what I've been looking at lately is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV. I really like the Model X but it's actually small for me and over my 99%er budget.

What are you thinking about getting?

(And sorry, no non plug-in hybrids in this thread, has to have a battery or some other fuel source)
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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 09:19:31 AM »
I think we will have a mixture for next few years.  We have one electric and one gas SUV.  Next car we get will likely be a lower price plug in EV (Ioniq was intriguing) with the SUV for long trips/back up. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2019, 09:54:50 AM »
We have 2x Tesla Model 3s. I'm thinking of selling my Model 3 and trading up to a Model X though. It qualifies for 100% accelerated 1 year depreciation based on tax code. So taking a price of $100,000 and writing it off against my 1099 income then it basically yields me a $70,000 car plus Federal and state EV incentives bringing it down to the low $60s.

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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2019, 10:35:01 AM »
I've got both a Long Range RWD model 3 and Pacifica Hybrid currently.  They both serve different purposes, but are excellent at what they are built for.

I've also leased a 1st gen Nissan Leaf and Chevy Spark EV in the past.  Both were great to use around town solo driving but that's about it.

I'm planning on picking up a Rivian T1R pickup once final specs are announced, but may pick up a Performance model 3 if the bill to extend EV tax credits has a chance at passing (not likely).

My wife and I were cross-shopping used model Xs with the Pachy, but the Pachy beat the model X in nearly every category we care about (currently).  I picked mine up for 7500 under msrp as it was a leftover 2018 model still sitting on the lot.  After tax incentives/rebates, cost of the car came out to ~$26k, which no used model X could even close to.

I've got quite a few years of EV driving, so I'd be more than happy to talk EVs, PHEVs, or any car for that matter.

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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2019, 10:39:14 AM »
@idrather:

So how is the PacHy working out for you? I've read they've had recalls and other issues.
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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2019, 10:50:34 AM »
Tire of looking at all the Testla. KONA all electric. Range 259.

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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2019, 11:45:35 AM »
We have 2x Tesla Model 3s. I'm thinking of selling my Model 3 and trading up to a Model X though. It qualifies for 100% accelerated 1 year depreciation based on tax code. So taking a price of $100,000 and writing it off against my 1099 income then it basically yields me a $70,000 car plus Federal and state EV incentives bringing it down to the low $60s.

I'm going to do that but with the new Cayenne Coupe.
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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2019, 11:46:41 AM »
Until the auto markers come out with a really long range for the battery, like 400-500 miles, I'm not interested in buying an EV car because I know that I'll forget to charge it and end up stranded.  haha
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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2019, 01:01:12 PM »
Until the auto markers come out with a really long range for the battery, like 400-500 miles, I'm not interested in buying an EV car because I know that I'll forget to charge it and end up stranded.  haha

New Long Range Model S hits 370 miles rated. It actually made a trip from Fremont to Hawthorne (358 miles) in a test on a full 370 mile charge and had 11% battery left (40 miles) which technically meant it could go right around 400 miles. We're almost there and I'm certain Tesla will be the first to achieve that range with improved battery packs.

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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2019, 01:41:08 PM »
Until the auto markers come out with a really long range for the battery, like 400-500 miles, I'm not interested in buying an EV car because I know that I'll forget to charge it and end up stranded.  haha

Or make vehicles with quick change batteries so instead of charging stations, they make swapping stations. :)
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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2019, 01:44:32 PM »
Until the auto markers come out with a really long range for the battery, like 400-500 miles, I'm not interested in buying an EV car because I know that I'll forget to charge it and end up stranded.  haha

Or make vehicles with quick change batteries so instead of charging stations, they make swapping stations. :)

Tesla charging stations are pretty fast now.

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Tesla unveiled the third generation of its Supercharger charging stations during a customer event at its Fremont, California headquarters Wednesday evening. The new “V3” Supercharger is capable of charging some of the Model 3 at a rate of 250kW, which Tesla says is fast enough to add 75 miles of range in 5 minutes. Tesla says it will break ground on more V3 Superchargers in April.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/6/18253618/tesla-supercharger-250kw-v3-specs-location

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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2019, 01:50:46 PM »
Sure... but you still can't beat the speed of changing batteries... just like a remote controlled car. :)
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2019, 06:28:52 PM »
@idrather:

So how is the PacHy working out for you? I've read they've had recalls and other issues.

I've read up on the forums about all the issues, mainly the parking brake issue.  I've been lucky so far with no issues, but we barely drive.  Time will tell how long it will last. 

Worst case scenario if problems keep occurring, I'll just sell/trade the van as I'm way above water due to the huge discount and the tax credits/rebates. 

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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2019, 07:10:47 PM »
Until the auto markers come out with a really long range for the battery, like 400-500 miles, I'm not interested in buying an EV car because I know that I'll forget to charge it and end up stranded.  haha

Or make vehicles with quick change batteries so instead of charging stations, they make swapping stations. :)

Certain companies use the battery swap for forklifts in their factories

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Re: EV/Plug-in/Other vehicles
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2019, 06:49:28 AM »
I drive a Tesla Model 3 Long-Range and my wife drives a Chevy Bolt EV (rated at 248 miles of range). Between Tesla superchargers and all of the EV chargers scattered throughout the city of Irvine, we've had no problem with range anxiety or a lack of charging stalls.

Going to the spectrum to catch a dinner and movie? Charge for 3 hours while you're there and gain 60 miles worth of range for $3. Going to the gym at the woodbury town center for an hour? Just plug it in while you work out and gain 20 miles of range for $1.

My wife's bolt lease is over in a year and a half, which should be right around the time the Model Y will be coming out so we are considering purchasing one of those and going all Tesla. :)

 

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