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Poking holes in years of rhetoric Edmunds has found that EV owners don't buy EV's in order to clean up the environment or save the world or whatever. They buy them because the purchase is incentivized. Worst part is, most of them end up in gas cars afterwards. What does that say about the percieved cost benefits of EV's?

"For better or worse, it looks like [green-car] owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment," Edmunds senior analyst Jessica Caldwell says. "With today's gas prices as low as they are, the math [for eco-friendly cars] just doesn't make a very compelling case."
http://www.thestreet.com/story/13181819/1/dirty-secret-most-green-car-owners-go-back-to-gasoline.html
 

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It's just about what everyone expected, it always comes back into how it impacts someone financially and what makes the most sense for them.
 

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Well, none of the Volt owners will replace their vehicle for a "cheaper" gas car. Some will upgrade to the Bolt or a TM Model 3. The only case I read was when Dr. Lyle Dennis, the founder of the "gm-volt.com" website, exchanged his 2011 Volt (#8 off the factoey line) for a 2011 Ford C-Max because he has three children and needs a third rear seat. The fellow forum members are expecting him to return to a 2016 Volt that does have a third reat seat.
 

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The article has statistical information. Granted how big the pool was and where it was is not mentioned so thats certainly compelling...

In fact, Edmunds found that some 22% of green-car owners actually swapped their eco-friendly rides for that bane of tree huggers' existence: the SUV. That's nearly double the 11.9% green-car-to-SUV rate seen just three years ago.
It doesn't have to be this either or death match between petrol and electricity. For those who want petrol go petrol, for those who want electricity go electric. I just hate when both sides keep up the rhetoric that there is no OTHER...
 

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It's all about the right timing, timing is key, but this early development into EV's is unfortunately what's needed till things get good, they have to get bad before they go great.

Much like in many other industries.
 
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