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Recently, I parked my plug-in near my daughter s camp in MA, and took the train into for a normal work day. I returned that evening, I was to find my car smashed up! According to the report on my windshield, some driver had crashed into parked cars, and mine got the of it. The insurance company deemed it a loss and it agreed to pay us what it a 14-month-old plug-in Prius 13,000 miles was worth.

my husband and I were faced an interesting challenge: do we buy a new 2013 Prius, a used 2012 Prius, or one of the new plug-in vehicle that had come out since we had our car?

Given that so companies have been out with new models of plug-in there were at least a few new to consider — and I encourage to check out information about all the models on the market at the Sierra s new online EV Guide. We re usually a family, and we take frequent trips throughout New England to family, so we wanted to stick a plug-in hybrid. That the full battery electrics, as the 2013 models of the Nissan Ford Focus EV, Fiat Smart ForTwo electric, electric, and Tesla Model S, out.

A few of these models, plus the Accord plug-in hybrid, are not in Massachusetts yet anyway.

Unfortunately, we had to disqualify the 2013 Chevy which has been getting expensive, despite rave You see, it only has four and we have two kids plus playdate additions.


That the Ford C-MAX Energi. I had been curious about it first came on the market months earlier. The Energi about 20 miles on electric and then Car and Driver magazine it gets about 32 mpg in hybrid for its next few hundred miles on the I visited the Ford dealership of MA, where they claim to be more hybrids and electrics any other Ford dealership in New My salesman was excited to show me the features of the Energi, like its to train its drivers to break and more efficiently by giving a (I got a 94 percent!).

I really enjoyed the ride, and I that I was a little higher up in the Prius.

Also, I knew my Jesse Simons, who is Sierra s San Francisco-based Chief of Staff, was with his Energi. My family our plug-in C-MAX Energi, said recently. It looks has amazing acceleration, can fit almost as stuff as my old Subaru, and I love the that I m driving a car made by workers here in America. Not to the fact that I m averaging 91 mpg and now have to go the gas station every few

I recently installed solar on my so I m literally powering my car with sun on my It feels like the future is here every time I get in my

For comparison, we looked back at the Prius, which we had put a lot of thought before purchasing in the spring of and which we had been enjoying a deal. We couldn t quite the idea of purchasing a new one and spending all extra money (above the insurance was paying) just someone crashed into our car. Would we even any used ones available?

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there were three for in our area, all with about miles on them. Apparently, had been using these to show off in their dealerships and to their staff.

With help from Club s fantastic volunteer Dan I did some number-crunching. First, I that the plug-in Prius had emissions than the Energi, but let me be that this is only of my family s specific driving We rarely drive more 10 miles in a week-day (so nearly all Monday through Friday), but we about 20 annual long-distance trips.

That means the hybrid mode mpg is really to us, and the Prius gets about 50 For other people who may drive like 15-20 miles a day and infrequent long-distance trips, the may actually be the environmental winner. You can this out for yourself for these or cars by visiting the Department of online vehicle calculator .

Then we looked at price, I viewed from the perspective of fuel and monthly loan (and factoring in the $3,750 tax we’d be eligible for with the new Fuel payments would be for us with the Energi (same as above re emissions, but again, could be the opposite for someone with different driving The monthly loan costs be about the same as we had been for our last plug-in Prius and $75 more than that a for the Energi, not surprising when a used versus a new car.

So, in the the choice that made for our family was to purchase another plug-in Prius. The downside had the major hassle. The upside was the to consider the new exciting plug-in on the market in just the last including the appealing Ford Energi.

Another silver was getting a car with 4,000 miles on it than our last one no pretzels and glitter stuck in all the (yet).

— Gina Coplon-Newfield is Club’s Director of Future Electric Vehicles Initiative. Club volunteer Dan Redmond to this article.

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