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Hybrid/Electric Cars

Our country is involved in  “situations”  in Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq,  the price of oil per barrel is $105.52 and Japan’s natural catastrophe continues.  These facts  have all led me to look  to one nagging issue for me – fuel.  I’d like  consider myself to be pretty green;  I drive a fuel efficient car, recycle, compost, vote with my wallet for organic products, grow an organic garden, and I worry about the size of my carbon footprint.

But I use oil  to heat my house and gas to power my car.   My 2008 fuel powered car is almost paid off and I have started to think about what I will buy next.  I went from a very ungreen  SUV (10 miles to the gallon ) to a compact (32+ miles to the gallon if don’t have the pedal to the metal).  I feel like my  natural progression would be to either a more fuel efficient (read smaller ) or a hybrid /electric car. “Automakers must meet average efficiency standards of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. ”  The first choice is less appealing and the latter raises some questions.

? With major car companies making alternative fuel cars  (Audi, Cadillac, Chevy, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Volkswagon) what will this do to prices?

  • Jetta’s 2012 –  low 20’s .
  • 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid – $53,700 (wow)
  • 2012 – Toyota Prius- $24,000-30,000
  • 2012 Chevy Volt  – base   $41,000
  • 2012 Honda Insight- base $20,000
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf – $33,000

It seems prices will not change dramatically.

? accessibility of charging stations:

(www.theexpiredmeter.com)

So far there are only about 1000 charging stations in the entire United States with some states not having any at all.   Compare that to the 100,000+ gas stations scattered everywhere in our country.  Is it really feasible to own an electric car?

I found some hopeful news that  as states try to meet energy reduction targets they increase  the number of EV charging stations.

Chicago, Illinois- 280 (73 DC 207 Level 2) new charging stations by the end of 2011
Ballard, Washington  – 12-24 stations
Pennsylvania – 66 stations

Interesting maps of existing charging stations in the US – don’t know how timely they are – one lists that there is only one charging station in my state and another lists that there are 8 publicly available and sixteen more planned.  Still they may be useful for cross referencing purposes.

I now have some  food for thought,  but I might  hold onto my car for a while.

Resources

http://knopok.net/prices-chart/oil
http://green.autoblog.com/
http://www.ballardnewstribune.com
http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/data/us/US000_44.HTM#N447
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/vw-goes-hybrid-gas-electric-jetta-2012-28106.html
http://reviews.cnet.com/sedan/2012-infiniti-m-hybrid/4505-10865_7-34544860.html
http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/03/pennsylvania-adds-new-ev-charging-stations/
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/subaru-plans-hybrid-car-2012-25822.html
http://iguida.com/2012-toyota-prius

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