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I don't understand the high fuel taxes in places like the UK, but hey... I have two cars, a rather fuel efficient BMW 3series 6cyl and a rather hungry Jeep G.Cherokee 5.7. But fuel is only part of the calculation of owning a car... Depreciation and service and parts also cost. At the end of the day my second hand Jeep cost me less per mile than a new BMW X5 diesel. And I don't buy diesels anyhow, I need heating here in the mountains... They are all just taxing us to pay for all kind of ridiculous state employees benefits that we can only dream of!
That is true. Its like it makes me laugh when people say "Oh Im going to trade in my Mondeo 2 litre petrol for a 1.6 TDI Golf" when diesel is more expensive that petroleum in the UK at least, VW parts and service prices are very high and their reliability is quite poor. Hybrids like mine for some, especially those who are not constantly commuting up and down the country make more financial sense.
One hundred eighty four bucks ... !
That's what a fill-up cost right now for the pick-up we tow our trailer with.
46 gallons there's a 10 gallon back-up tank that's why the 46 gallons.
Pretty depressing at the pump anymore.
We don't drive much tho ...
Its proven quite a workhorse. I've loaded it up with 400lbs of chicken and had no problems.
I'm kinda curious why you loaded a Prius up with 400lbs of chicken. lol
About 12 - 13 years ago at the Illinois State Fair, in the Alternative Energy Exhibit, there was a company from out east that was converting gas cars to electric cars. I think the price was $26,000. They were looking for investors, Which was probably a bad time to look for investors since most people weren't looking for electric cars back then. They had a Ford Escort that they converted to electric. They actually drove it from their shop to Illinois and made stops in other states along the way.
Their conversion used what I think they called zinc air batteries. I believe they said the batteries would last 8 years, and would cost $8,000 to replace (something like that) The Escort had like a 225 mile range on a charge and topped out at 75mph. I think they said 4 hour charging on 220v and 8 hour charging on 110v. It was fitted with a small kerosene heater for the winter and they told me it used 3 pints of kerosene in a new England winter.
I wonder whatever happen to them?
I think I remember seeing something like this at CalExpo (California State Fair) a number of years ago.
The company was converting Volkswagen Rabbits to electric.
Maybe we are starting to finally see the beginning of the end for gas\diesel vehicles or at least the really inefficient ones.
Thinking so many of us are really getting tired of playing the gas station price game.
Be so nice to just drive past the gas pump and not even give it a second thought.
Then again I can see us all crowded around those power-up stations that are being installed around here :smile:
I think the only thing that scares people away from electric cars is range. The Nissan Leaf can go 75 miles on a charge. Those electric card from France that I posted can go 62 miles. That Escort I saw at the Illinois State Fair could go 225 miles, and I think that's the range people would feel safe with.