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Do pure electric cars financial sense?

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recently unveiled a plug-in car version of their Golf which it plans to roll out in the market by 2013. Like LEAF, the Golf Blue-E-Motion be a pure electric car. in to GM’s much-touted gas-electric Volt.

If you’re considering a electric, you’ve probably made peace with a that will be limited to 100 miles, fine for most The question for consumers here is electric cars make economic sense. While hasn’t announced pricing on its yet, Nissan’s LEAF start at $32,780 for a car that’s the size of a five-door Mazda 3. there, you can subtract a $7,500 tax credit the car will be eligible and you get a total outlay of $25,280.

Volkswagen Golf Blue-E-motion. courtesy: Volkswagen.

That may steep for a compact car that’s the size of Nissan’s down-market but it’s not entirely without While there are plenty of hatchbacks that start lower, including the Versa for the base hatchback), European such as Audi and Volvo begun importing luxury from Europe that are in price, such as the Volvo C30 and the Audi A3 ($27,270). Even a 3 decked out with the same that look to be standard on a comes in at $23,695.

Sure, pure electric won’t be burners like of these pricier hot hatches LEAF tops out at 90 mph), but if you more about the environment, or the cost per mile to operate, and if can keep their prices at LEAF levels, I don’t pure electrics will be a bad proposition, especially when you a similarly kitted-out Prius cost you the same or possibly And because buying power a utility company is much than buying the equivalent of

energy in gasoline form, the per mile savings is substantial. Magazine puts the cost per at 4 cents for the LEAF, compared 13 cents per mile in a conventional car gets 30 mpg. If you drive miles a year, that’s in savings.

The real test will a few years down the road, the LEAF’s lithium-ion batteries to age and wear down. Like sad old second-generation iPod that barely get you through a whole flight now, the LEAF probably start to lose and power as time goes on. The batteries cost about to build. and good luck replacement batteries for that from a Nissan dealer. from the obvious benefits to the in terms of having no tailpipe which to spew carbon how long those batteries is the X-factor that will whether the cost of ownership owning a pure-electric economically

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