We've come a long way with EV's in the more than a decade since my 2007 Electric Think Import shown below. For example, all our cars are now EV's [Volt, Th!nk, Prius-Prime, etc]
My Charge Post:
On the left was my initial 240v charger installation.
On the right is how it looks after my wife read me the terms and conditions
for her garden.
So I stained the post and switched out the charge box with a $199 240V black charge cord with the EVSE electronics built into the charge cord itself. You can hardly see it, but it IS there!
How to select an EV: To help explain to people how to consider getting an EV, there are some very clear must-have answers to their situation before they can proceed. So I put together the following flow-chart. Go for it and ENjoy!
Here are the THIRTY All Battery-Only EV's available in 2020. Notice that 40% cost less than the average gas model.
Here are the THIRTY TWO PLUGIN HYBRIDS: 37% cost less than the average gas car and all have trip ranges over 350 miles!
EV RANGE: Fully 50% of all these EVs and PHEV's now have ranges over 350 miles.
The chart below is sorted by range. For those who take trips in their EV's these plugins completely elminate any range anxiety
as they have a gas engine for additional miles beyond the typical daily EV range shown.
EV COST: More than 50% of all these EV's and PHEV's can cost less than the average gas car ($35k)
when the various Federal, State and Local incentives are applied. This list is sorted by Price.
Used EV's are a great bargain: The price for three year old EV's is a great deal. Checking
shows 3 year old Volts for under $14k and similar Leafs for under $9k. The low price is due to early adopters moving up
as more and more EV's with longer ranges become available and because the first buyer received the $7500 tax credit.
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Emergency Power from your EV: I modified my 2013 used EV
I bought in 2017 for emergency power
during power outages. I added solar panels to the roof
and wired up a cheap Inverter (120 volts) to the 12 V battery to provide up to a kW of power for all the lights in the house and critical loads like the refrigerator, PC, TV, etc.
By interfacing only with the 12 Volt battery, it eliminates any problems with the unique high voltage system and any warranty issues.
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