Considering driving electric?
Congratulations! You’re about to save yourself a ton of money and positively impact the environment.
So… now how does one go about GETTING an electric car?
To be able to answer this, you have to figure out WHICH electric car.
But even before that, you have to understand your lifestyle. You need to essentially know who and where you are in life.
Are you someone who’s worked hard to pay off their consumer debt and you’ve centrally located yourself to most things you do within a 100 mile radius? Then you are free to lease any new EV using our tutorial here* –> https://thisiswhyubroke.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/how-to-lease-a-car-without-worrying-about-a-credit-score-negotiating-a-car-lease-like-a-tiger/
Are you someone who’s worked hard to pay off their consumer debt but live greater than 100 miles away? First consider moving closer (long commuting sucks and will kill you) and if not, go for the new Chevy Volt (which has a gasoline generator built in to recharge the battery when it runs out. This is different from a prius that switches constantly between the two and is not an electric vehicle). If not the Volt, go for the BMW i3 with generator similar to the volt. And if you can wait, you can hold off for the completely electric 238 mile Chevy Bolt coming in December.
Are you someone who’s still in debt but working to get out? Understand that once the next generation of EVs (200plus mile range lower priced EVs) are released shortly, the price of gen 1 EVs will be even more rock bottom than they currently are. This means you can consider driving a used Leaf for less than $10grand–>https://www.cars.com/vehicledeta…/detail/673792585/overview/
If you get a high mileage/out of battery warranty leaf for even cheaper, set aside a small buffer for any battery maintenance you may have to do.
Also, some other great inexpensive used EVs are:
Chevy spark –>https://www.cars.com/vehicledeta…/detail/676812620/overview/
Kia Soul EV –>https://www.cars.com/vehicledeta…/detail/670316748/overview/
Fiat 500 E–> https://www.cars.com/vehicledeta…/detail/675201600/overview/
A full list of electric car recommends are here (for leasing): https://thisiswhyubroke.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/electric-car-recommends/
Note: most of the above car makes (outside of Nissan) are generally not recommended for used cars. However, EVs aren’t exactly cars with the same number of moving parts that can break like internal combustion engines do. There’s generally only a few moving parts and are generally fool proof if you maintain your battery.
*Excluding any available Teslas currently on the market