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  • I think I'll go electric

    Not with the Seven, of course. But I noticed some really interesting web lease offers from VW...how come :)

    VW e-Golf (MSRP about $36k) for $179 a month with $2350 down (minus $2500 CA tax rebate).

    Looks just like a regular Golf, pretty zippy and just the ticket for my 12-mile commute (can do 70-100 miles). For long distance we still have the Hyundai Santa Fe.

    My Honda Accord is getting old and I never really liked it anyway. I am going to start haggling tomorrow.

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    Tesla launching their Model X really soon as well. Might cost slightly more than the e-Golf, though.

    Me, I have never been an "early adopter" of new technologies, at least when it comes to cars. I'll stick with my 7 and Mazda Tri-booty for now. I like the fact that both of my cars have the same engine (basically).
    | | Sean

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    • #3
      I had a Volt for a few years and loved it. About 35 miles on battery power and then 30-40mpg when the engine kicked in. Overall mileage was over 300mpg. I only sold it because the back seat was a little small and the car was boring. Bought a Cadillac V-Sport. Great car but more expensive to run
      Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lucky Dawg View Post
        I had a Volt for a few years and loved it. About 35 miles on battery power and then 30-40mpg when the engine kicked in. Overall mileage was over 300mpg. I only sold it because the back seat was a little small and the car was boring. Bought a Cadillac V-Sport. Great car but more expensive to run
        I can see that. But I don't mind a boring car for the rush hour surface street traffic. It is a drag one way or the other. The only purpose is to get me to work and shopping reliably and cheaply.
        I have an exciting car for the weekends and an SUV for hauling and long distance.

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        • #5
          These guys did do an electric 7. http://www.electric7.com

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          • #6
            I don't know if I'd jump right in on that VW. It's not the electric part that I'd be concerned about. Are you sure that the car is actually electric. I mean, I'm sure that it's fully electric while on the rolling road getting its gov't approval, but ............

            Seriously though, a couple of my colleagues have opted for the $99.00/month Fiat 500e lease and they are very happy with them over the past year. So if you like the overall VW package, I'd say; "Go for it!"
            EscondidoRon

            '62 Lotus Seven
            '84 Turbo Esprit (x2)
            '14 Evora
            '77 Esprit S1 (RIP) :(

            "A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom." -Michel De Montaigne 1588

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            • #7
              I think I read somewhere that with rebates and incentives the Fiat 500 electric was essentially free if your monthly petrol bill was around $100...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by escondidoron View Post
                ...Are you sure that the car is actually electric. I mean, I'm sure that it's fully electric while on the rolling road getting its gov't approval, but ...........
                Good point. I read that VW developed technology like in the Transformer movies. When the car is standing, you will find the electric motor and batteries but when it starts moving this rearranges to an oil-belching two-stroke engine.

                Originally posted by johnh View Post
                I think I read somewhere that with rebates and incentives the Fiat 500 electric was essentially free if your monthly petrol bill was around $100...
                Well, I said I am O.K. with boring but I refuse to get something fugly.

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                • #9
                  Chevy says they will soon release the "Bolt" electric car. The concept car looked good. 200 miles range, and $30K price.

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                  • #10
                    Have you overlooked a pimped out Renault Twizy? https://www.carthrottle.com/post/the...dern-city-man/
                    Paul. Birkin S3 /Dunnel zetec/emerald ECU

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by prabjohns View Post
                      Have you overlooked a pimped out Renault Twizy? https://www.carthrottle.com/post/the...dern-city-man/

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                      • #12
                        Apologies, you're right, the Twizy was a silly idea. Now THIS on the other hand....I think the search is over.
                        http://electriccartcompany.com/carts...ter-yellow-sn/
                        Paul. Birkin S3 /Dunnel zetec/emerald ECU

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                        • #13
                          Oh well. We shopped around and there are actually some amazing deals. For something like the e-Golf which is a real nice car, the tax rebates and dealer rebates add up to some $15,000. With 2300 down one can actually get a $170/month lease. Not bad for $36k MSRP.

                          However... I did a cash flow calculation considering down payment, lease, charger installation, all taxes, fees, energy cost vs. gas cost, likely repair and value loss of the existing car. As a result I would be $3800 poorer with the leased Golf after 3 years compared to continued driving the 8 year old Honda Accord (yes, another boring car). While a new car is nice, it is not $3800 nicer and the old one is not that bad. I know, I am stingy...

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                          • #14
                            Maybe a Zero motorcycle then? A neighbor of mine rides one of these and likes it.
                            http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-s/

                            Of course, you would need to find a sticker reading "loud coils save lives", or similar. I'm not a fan of overly loud bikes, but a silent motorcycle seems like a bad idea to me.
                            | | Sean

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by prabjohns View Post
                              Apologies, you're right, the Twizy was a silly idea. Now THIS on the other hand....I think the search is over.
                              http://electriccartcompany.com/carts...ter-yellow-sn/
                              This car signals the beginning of the end of the Republic. Mark my words.

                              /Magnus F.

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