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  •  I think a lot of EV and Volt naysayers (5+ / 0-)
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    really miss  where these cars shine: lower operating costs.  Not only do you save a bloody fortune by not buying gas, you don't have the costly maintenance for all those hundreds of parts that wear out.

    Especially in the pure EVs, there are no belts, there are no oil filters, no carburator, no spark plugs.  It's a bloody electric motor!  

    Here is the entire list of maintenance required for  a Nissan Leaf:

    1. Replace cabin air filter every year
    2. Rotate tires every 7500 miles
    3. Check battery health and charge port
    4. Software updates as needed
    5. Replace brake fluid every 15,000 miles (this is 4x as aggressive as for a normal car)
    6. Replace coolant after 105,000 miles.

    That's IT.  And of course, no mandatory emissions tests :D.

    Since the Volt does have a gas engine, there will be more maintenance, but nowhere as much as on a conventional ICE (internal combustion engine).

    OH MY GOD PG&E is here!  They're gonna swap my meter so I can turn on the solar panels!!!!!

    In capitalist America, bank robs you!

    by madhaus on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 10:09:47 AM PDT

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    •  Congrats on the solar panels! (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't follow the Leaf as much as I should.   If Nissan or GM messes up with either the Leaf or the Volt it will likely impact sales short term for the other and so I should keep closer tabs on the wider EV community.

      However, you can attest that the Leaf is a viable option NOW and I can do the same with the Volt despite all the fear mongering (especially amongst the Republicans) that EVs (or EREVs) are not ready for prime time.

      We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

      by theotherside on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 05:29:15 PM PDT

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      •  The Leaf is a perfect second car... that will (0+ / 0-)

        immediately become your first car.

        If i have to drive beyond its range and there are no nearby charging stations, I'll use the gas car.  But 95% of my driving is easily within range.  I usually only charge it every 2 or 3 days.

        In capitalist America, bank robs you!

        by madhaus on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 12:58:32 AM PDT

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