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Do pure electric cars financial sense?

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recently unveiled a plug-in car version of their Golf which it plans to roll out in the market by 2013. Like LEAF, the Golf Blue-E-Motion be a pure electric car. in to GM’s much-touted gas-electric Volt.

If you’re considering a electric, you’ve probably made peace with a that will be limited to 100 miles, fine for most The question for consumers here is electric cars make economic sense. While hasn’t announced pricing on its yet, Nissan’s LEAF start at $32,780 for a car that’s the size of a five-door Mazda 3. there, you can subtract a $7,500 tax credit the car will be eligible and you get a total outlay of $25,280.

Volkswagen Golf Blue-E-motion. courtesy: Volkswagen.

That may seem steep for a car that’s about the size of down-market Versa, but it’s not without precedent. While are plenty of compact hatchbacks start much lower, the Versa ($13,350 for the base European brands such as and Volvo have begun luxury hatchbacks from that are comparable in price, as the Volvo C30 ($24,600) and the Audi A3 Even a Mazda 3 decked out the same goodies that to be standard on a LEAF comes in at

Nissan's Greener Electric Cars

Sure, pure electric won’t be burners like of these pricier hot hatches LEAF tops out at 90 mph), but if you more about the environment, or the cost per mile to operate, and if can keep their prices at LEAF levels, I don’t pure electrics will be a bad proposition, especially when you a similarly kitted-out Prius cost you the same or possibly And because buying power a utility company is much than buying the equivalent of energy in gasoline form, the per mile savings is substantial. Magazine puts the cost per at 4 cents for the LEAF, compared 13 cents per mile in a conventional car gets 30 mpg.

If you drive 15,000 miles a that’s $1,350 in savings.

The test will come a few down the road, when the lithium-ion batteries start to age and down. Like your sad old iPod that will get you through a whole plane now, the LEAF will start to lose range and as time goes on. The LEAF’s cost about $9,000 to and good luck getting batteries for that price a Nissan dealer.

Aside from the obvious to the planet in terms of having no from which to spew emissions, how long those last is the X-factor that determine whether the cost of makes owning a pure-electric attractive.

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