Well guys, after talking to my accountant, and hearing her say that my mileage write off of 50.5 cents per mile doesn’t change no matter what I drive, I’m seriously thinking about an electric vehicle. I mean 100% plug in, not a hybrid.
The one I’m looking at is a truck with a rated top speed of 40 mph, although
the dealer I spoke with the other day said he gets them up to about 45-48. More than enough for city driving. The only drawback for me is the range, which is rated at 25 miles.
But with most of my jobs within a 15 mile range, I think I can make it work most of the time. I’ll just plug it in while I’m at the site, and get a few more miles. There is also a solar panel option, which constantly trickle charges the battery during the day.
The truck comes with 6 RV size batteries, and I talked to a battery dealer who said he could wire in six more if I have a box made for the bed. That would double my range to 50 miles, plus whatever I could get while charging them up during the day, plus the solar panel. All that would probably put the range up to about 60-70 miles.
The website says the MSRP is 12,500, but the dealer here is selling them for 10,999 without the solar panel.
He said you would not believe the looks and questions he gets while driving it around. I have to admit it’s an ugly beast, but who said saving money is pretty? :mrgreen:
With an estimated operating cost of 3 cents a mile, and the mileage write off of 50.5 cents, it looks like a winner to me. I think I’ll have a “Screw OPEC” bumper sticker made.
What I really want is the Zap-X, but that isn’t coming out for years
Anyway, I’ll keep you posted when I get one, and let you know how it works out.
Here’s their website http://www.zapworld.com/