For Californians, It’s Common Sense to Buy an Electric Vehicle


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Fiat 500e

All it takes is some common sense to see that buying an electric vehicle is what you should do if you reside in California.

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Chevy Spark EV

Part of it is financial common sense.  $7,500 in federal credits, paired with $2,500 in state credits equals $10,000 off, plus there’s that HOV-lane access (a real time-saver for Californians).

But as authors Steve Kinsey and Richard Lowenthal (both residents of California) at Capitol Weekly point out:

“Let’s start with the common sense part. In California alone, motorists spend an estimated $4.5 billion a month on petroleum-based fuel. Not only does most of that money end up outside the state, doing little for our economy, but the fuels are a leading source of global climate change pollution and respiratory diseases including asthma and lung cancer. With that much at stake, anyone who values local jobs, a robust economy, clean air, and a stable climate should consider a switch to a cleaner vehicle. Electric cars are a great driving choice.”

Kinsey and Lowenthal touch on the cost aspect of electric vehicles, stating:

“What’s more, as the prices of electric cars trend downwards, they’re becoming ever more affordable – particularly since electric vehicles can fuel up at one-half to one-quarter the cost of gas.”

Californians seem to have this necessary common sense, as sales of electric vehicles there are rapidly rising.  In the Bay Area alone, there are now over 10,000 plug-in vehicles.  That figure is expected to approach 100,000 by 2020.

Kinsey and Lowenthal add:

“Electric vehicles are also promising for California’s economy, representing a new part of the emerging clean-energy industries that will provide the jobs of the future.”

“But we Californians wouldn’t be gaining all of these benefits – for our environment and our economy – were it not for our state’s far-sighted policies.”

And without a doubt, California has the most far-sighted clean-energy policies of any state in the nation.  So, it’s common sense to buy electric now, but only because California had the foresight to know that electrics had to be in its future decades ago.

Source: Capitol Weekly

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I say it all the time, but I can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an EV up here in the Bay Area. Leafs, Volts, and the Tesla Model S are very popular. The carpool lane is filled with them. I doubt that PHEVs will get their carpool lane status extended. I wonder if pure EVs get their carpool lane access extended.

Please don’t hit our new Volt (Leased today! Yahoo!) with a dead cat. We really like it.

In my area I so far have never seen a EV on the road yet on the east coast.

As for California I think people are buying EV’s in that the oil companies have a history of pulling oil scams such as they shut down a refinery for a few weeks saying Godzilla destroyed it and that we lost 200,000 barrels of gas making capacity and gas will go up past $4.00 a gallon. Then when the government starts talking about investigating if their is a scam going on the oil refinery comes back on and then another one on the other side of the state shuts down.

Two stories on the front page of insideev’s today one says plugins have taken roughly 2% of the CA market the other says that it is common sense to buy an EV in CA…… it appears common sense is not all that common.

Although I think looking around the world at some of the nutty things humans are doing 2% of the population having common sense is probably about right for a world average 🙂

It certainly makes sense to buy an EV but they are expensive and thus out of reach for many. And a lot of people are not going to want such a limited range vehicle . . . until gas prices get too high and then they’ll realize that limited range really isn’t as big of a deal as they thought since you can still own a gas car, rent a gas car, borrow a gas car, or carshare a gas car.

Chris, the thing to remember is, that while it *seems* like CA has more EVs to choose from than the rest of the country, that really isn’t the case. The compliance cars are made and sold in such miniscule amounts that they don’t begin to make up for CA’s massive population, compared to other states, thus, they barely make a blip in the 2% EV market share in CA. Also, urban sprawl has grown to the point where you could drain a Leaf’s pack trying to drive from one end of a metropolitan area to the other, never mind driving back. When EVs can drive both ways on a single charge, they will make sense to more and more people. Last of all, the prices on EVs have to come down. Tax credits help, but there are a lot of people who can only take a fraction of the credits, so they aren’t the grand incentive people make them out to be. Most people who can take the full tax credits can afford to buy the cars without them. If the government really wanted to boost EV sales, then the Federal and State credits would be a point of sale… Read more »

I just leased two EV’s in 4 days – a RAV 4 EV and a Focus Electric. Each one gets me a $2500 dollar cash rebate from the state, and the federal credit is taken as a down payment by the dealer for the lease, so the capitalized cost of these normally really expensive vehicles is reduced by about $12000. That puts them in the averagely expensive range. Spending $30 a month per car on electricity vs. the near $700 a month we were paying in gas for an old SUV and Camry definitely made “common sense” for us.