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:
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.
- http://www.mychargepoint.net- US map of all charging stations
- http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/electricity_locations.html– US department of energy list of stations
I now have some food for thought, but I might hold onto my car for a while.