September 23rd is National Plug-In Day!
Sales of Electric Vehicles are taking off faster than the hybrids did in the early 2000′s – and for good reason!
It is exciting to see more and more Electric Vehicles on the road and in the news.
From the practical converted older model truck
to the ultra fast and sporty Tesla Roadster – the options are growing. Of course, there is a significant cost difference in the two options shown above, as well as each having it’s own unique pros and cons. If you own a vehicle body, and have the skills and knowledge for a DIY project, the cost of the conversion parts will run about $10,000. On the other hand, the Tesla Roadster’s starting price is about $109,000 – although Tesla does have models starting at $50,000. Similar to a conventional gas powered vehicle, price is highly determined by speed, range and style.
Other models available in today’s USA market include:
Honda Fit EV – lease only – $389/mo.
Nissan Leaf – $32,780 (85 – 95 mile range)
Mitsubishi i-MiEV – $43,000
Ford Focus EV-$39,200 - now available (76-85 mile range)Chevy Volt – $40,000 (electric for 38 miles + extended range gas engine)($7500.00 tax rebates may apply to these vehicles)