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View Diary: Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #3A: The Sales Wars (20 comments)

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  •  When I told my republican Father (6+ / 0-)

    that I was going to buy a Volt, you would have thought I had  just told him I was going to sell my house and all my possessions and give everything to the Green Party. "Well that's just STUPID!!" He practically begged me not to buy it. Interestingly, all of his talking points were easily discredited fabrications. Now this is after years of Fox News indoctrination as well as this odd loyalty to the oil industry he has. I think that what 'drives' it is his need for the world to have a certain, reliable and predictable order to it and EV's  offend that in a profound way.  To his credit, in the months since I have owned the Volt, he has actually let me drive him a few places and he has even offered up a some compliments. But changing world views is always difficult.

    •  Ha ha, good job! (3+ / 0-)

      As my idiom "Obamacars" indicates, hardcore conservatives instinctively identify EVs with everything they hate.

      If your dad is in Oklahoma, then his loyalty to the oil industry is not surprising.

      Out of curiosity: what's the EV:ICE mileage ratio on your Volt?

      We do >90% of our mileage on our Leaf and the remainder on our ICE wreck. But if you include an East Coast vacation last summer that had multiple road trips, the ratio is more like 2:1.

      •  8,000 EV miles out of a total of 11,000 total (3+ / 0-)
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        Bisbonian, John Crapper, Assaf

        I'd get much more but I have an 80 mike round trip commute twice a week with no access to plug in on the other end of the commute. I've calculated my savings in one year of over $1200 in gas cost. Currently, the only public charge stations in Okla are the 2 at the Oklahoma City Whole Foods store. I look forward to that changing. Even in OK.

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