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  • I have no interest in owning an electric car. I do see your point, though. The people who are buying them are convinced how electric cars are cheaper to own over the long term in comparison to gas-powered vehicles.
  • It's not too bad, about the same as adding an electric water heater. The electric company here has an incentive, though, so I'm not paying full price. They send you a charger that tracks how much electricity passes through it and it sends that data over your internet connection back to the power company. On road trips, "Charge Point" recharging stations usually cost $1-2 (some are free)/ hour, so it's roughly like paying $0.50-1 per gallon of gas, based off of mileage. If you have a Tesla, I believe it's much cheaper to charge in public.
    • bostjan64
      I have to say, though, that there are a lot of one-time costs. You have to buy an electric car, but you also have to buy a charger (to take advantage of the better electric rate), and then you have to install the charger and power it. You could go all in with a solar charging station/car port, but you'd be looking at $10-15k for that, but then you can charge your car for free as long as your charging station/car port is working.
  • I'd ask, if you live in an area with a wide temperature swing, how stiff is the weather penalty on range (also a/c vs heat)?
    • bostjan64
      The car won't charge at all below -30?C or so, and the battery drains above 35?C or so. It is a concern.

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