In light of the self driving car discussion I thought I'd start revving folk up about the electric cars we have today.
For me it was almost by accident I moved into my current EV which is a 2014 Nissan Leaf SV. I have a nice enough van but I wanted something for short trips about town. So I had a thought to "Google it." I googled "Worst resale value cars." At number 2 was the Leaf. I know this car but not very well and decided to take a deeper look. The reasons for its poor resale value are many but the short list is the new models showing up with 200+ mile range and the rebates here. Example. If your state/country hands the buyers back 7,500USD then the resale price is instantly that much less. There are other reasons such as new models get free charging for 2 years and some fear the battery life issue.
Just these two factors alone were slamming down the prices. So off I went shopping (this was November 2016.) I found a spotless 2014 Leaf SV for 11K USD, 30K miles and drove home. Prices have eroded since then. I didn't bother installing a quick charge system since I'm fine with overnight charging. That's more savings.
Range is at most 80 miles due to some battery wear and that's well inside where I need to go 98% of the time so since November 2016 I have spent 55USD in gas. That's for one trip in my van and the tank is full there so how much will I spend on my personal transportation in a year looks to be on target at 55USD. What I didn't know was the local Gas&Electric company offers a 200USD a year payment (to me) for owning an EVcar so I missed on that for this year but did sign up for 2018.
As you can guess, EVcar owners will talk to one another and not one is ready to go back to ICE (internal combustion engine) cars. Here we see a lot of Leafs, Chevy Sparks, BMW i3s, Teslas of all models and now the new Chevy Bolts. Charging stations are slowly growing but for me I have yet to use one as where I need to go is well inside my Leaf's paltry range.
There was one person that claimed my car was just as dirty as the next but here, we have solar power. EVcars get cleaner as the electric grid gets cleaner (not counting my solar system.)
Yes, I'm lucky to have the capacity to move away from my ICEcar and I don't intend to go back. There are those that are just lucky to have any transportation and I recognise that. My view is that all of us should do our bit for each other.
And a sad footnote. After I bought my first EVcar, I started reading about Venezuela's meltdowns. Did I cause this? No, but I sure didn't help.