Written by Steve Engler Dec. 10, 2018
When the U.N. made its most recent Global Warning announcement, Waylander Steve Engler decided to act to significantly reduce his use of gasoline. He wrote us the following:
I looked at the Honda Insight (Hybrid only) and the Chevrolet Volt, but in October bought a Honda Clarity! One of the better plug-ins available, I believe.
I drive the first 40 miles each day on electricity only. This makes most of my days gas free! Hybrid mileage (for those above 40 miles/day) at 44 mpg.
So far, I have driven about 1300 miles and only used 5 gallons of gas! i.e. 260 mpg!!
I have purchased my electricity from a green provider. Therefore, I am driving on solar and wind for the first 40 miles/day – which, for me, is most of my daily use.
With rebates ($10,000 total) and Honda discounts, this car listing at $34,450 can be purchased at a new cost of about $20,000! Same list price as the Volt, but $1000s of dollars more Dealer discount. I think it’s a bigger better car! The Bolt (all electric) is about $3000 more.
It is a mid-sized car about the size of a Camry, Accord, etc.
Nice styling. Great, quiet (silent) ride when on electric!
I plug in at night and in 12 hours I get fully charged using standard 120 volt connection – ready for the next day. No need for 240 voltage at additional $1000 or so.
Mileage costs are favorable, but electricity is not free. Therefore my mileage costs (gas only vs electricity/gas) are favorable but muted. I believe I will be using about 600 gallons less in gas and save about $300 in the process.
Advantages of a plug-in Hybrid over full electric car: Greater range, can always be filled with gasoline (at a gas station and immediately). No anxiety!
Disadvantage: Much less electric only range for long distance travel – so if mileage/day is extensive the plug-in Hybrid may not be best option.
Hope this helps anyone else considering!