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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 seem steep for a car that’s about the size of down-market Versa, but it’s not without precedent. While are plenty of compact hatchbacks start much lower, the Versa ($13,350 for the base European brands such as and Volvo have begun luxury hatchbacks from that are comparable in price, as the Volvo C30 ($24,600) and the Audi A3 Even a Mazda 3 decked out the same goodies that to be standard on a LEAF comes in at

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

cost per mile savings is Wired Magazine puts the per mile at 4 cents for the LEAF, with 13 cents per mile in a car that gets 30 mpg. If you 15,000 miles a year, $1,350 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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