• Davidg11 Posted: 3/19/2010 3:45pm PDT

    An EV makes a perfect substitute second vehicle for the typical suburbanite family. My wife and I have one kid and two vehicles. One vehicle is used for long tips and around town, and the other is pretty much around town and back and forth to work. I think most families are like this. Both vehicles do not require long range driving. But one DEFINITELY does. If you have a Nissan Leaf base priced at $32,500 and you subtract the govt tax credit of $7500, you have a $25,000 vehicle. You save about $1000 per year in fuel costs each year you own it. I think that will appeal to many. I think what editors fail to point out is how much auto maintenance and repair is eliminated with an EV. A hybrid still has an engine an so therefore all the maintenance involved with it. But do editors know there are no oil changes, transmission fluid, mufflers, spark plugs, etc....with an EV? I mean how many women are you going to get on board with "you only check tire pressure and wiper fluid. That is it. You worry about nothing else". Millions imo.

  • joe pah Posted: 3/20/2010 7:45am PDT

    For affluent families than can afford a very expensive commuter car, EV's will be a nice status symbol.
    Like it or not, Electric Vehicles will be a luxury item for a few years, because they will cost 50-100% more than a comparable ICE vehicle, and have a much shorter driving range. New technology, new systems etc will have to prove out before anyone can say Ev's will have less maintenance.
    From a cost standpoint, it's hard to argue that a Honda Fit will cost more to own and operate than a Nissan Leaf or any small EV coming to market. It's all about capitalism and status symbols.

  • Essemtee Posted: 3/21/2010 3:29pm PDT

    Tesla has a 4 door family sedan now too at around 50 grand that get's 250 plus miles per charge... not just the sports car model you show. I'll buy the sedan when it's available... best pure electric car yet.

  • R2Dad Posted: 3/22/2010 8:21am PDT

    If electric car manufacturers are trying to make city drivers happy, they'll build the smallest electric vehicle they safely can. An electric fourtwo would make sense, electric sedans not so much. I don't expect an electric sedan to sell in numbers for at least 7 years, and market acceptance won't improve until they've been on the road for a couple of years, there have been a couple of successful launches, etc. I think people like the idea of saving oil, but placed in an actual EV they won't pull the trigger until they're priced comparably to standard cars.

  • DARYL Posted: 3/23/2010 2:23pm PDT

    The point being missed by all of you is the long range maintenance cost BATTERY REPLACEMENT. That little jewel will cost upward of $5000 or more not counting labor. If you add the cost to have the required electrical adaptor to your garage and the cost of the charge every week these first versions do not pen out economically. Like any other new technology the cost will drop dramatically so don't be the first to buy. There will be issues with reliability.

  • Car Reviews Posted: 8/13/2010 4:51am PDT

    yes i m agree with this point, as when u planing to replace the battery i have calculated that this will more expensive than the fuel car. yea but as per globalization i recommend this car.

  • John D Posted: 4/27/2011 9:07am PDT

    Your article states that the Ford Focus EV has a range of about 100 miles, but Ford has yet to release any information that would imply that.
    As for cost, we can only assume that Ford will price it similar to the Leaf and cheaper than the Volt in order to be competitive.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 4/27/2011 10:46am PDT

    @John D, Back at the Detroit auto show, officials said that the Focus Electric can top 100 miles in the LA4 test (which generally yields a higher range than most real-world use, admittedly). Those aren't final numbers by any means, but they put it in the same ballpark as the Leaf.