Savings come slowly for hybrid, electric car owners

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    Savings come slowly for hybrid, electric car owners
    If you're thinking about buying a fuel-efficient hybrid, electric or otherwise eco-friendly vehicle as a way to save money over time, do your homework — or be prepared to wait.

    Buyers who choose Nissan's all-electric Leaf ($28,421) over its approximate gas-powered equivalent, Nissan's Versa ($18,640), will likely wait nearly 9 years until they break even, according to a new report by The New York Times that examines the cost of fuel efficiency.

    For drivers of the Chevrolet Volt ($31,767), the wait is even longer— 26.6 years.​
     
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    That's an awful long time to be smug.
     
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    I want to buy Nissan's all-electric Leaf .Can it have any other fuel efficiency regarding with fuel?
     
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    9 years?

    Liberals probably have sex more often than that.
     
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    How do one of those electric cars work in a cold wintry place where it can get damn cold. What happens when it's -20° F and snowing and you've been stuck in traffic for 3 hours. Will the heater continue to keep me toasty warm and the windows clear? What happens if it drops to -30° F and it's snowing and blowing like hell and we're stuck in traffic with thousands of other electric cars for 4 hours. Will we ALL still eventually get home okay?
     
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    Huh?
     
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    You can set one on fire and huddle around it to keep warm while people with ICE 4-wheel-drives are already home and cozy.
     
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    Hmmm........ As gas goes up in price, the payback time goes down. And the Prius is not that expensive compared to other vehicles. Once the battery price goes down, and power density goes up, the electrics will be very competive.
     
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    I've had a Honda Civic Hybrid for 10 years. Still gets 45 mpg.

    :thup:
     
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    And undoubtedly have made back the differance in price many times by now. As fuel prices soar, supply and demand, the hybrids and electrics will become more desirable. And we have the technological curve here also. For the price of the batteries will be going down while the power density goes up. As we have seen this with the solar panels, we will see it with the batteries.
     

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