Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Sticker Shock of Electric Cars--And I Don't Mean $$

We have had our electric hybrid for several months now and I have to say that I truly love the car (Ford Fusion).  Now that Hofstra University has electric car charging stations close to my office, it is very convenient for me and my commute is now 100% electrical.  Prior to the stations opening, I would run out of electricity a few miles before returning home and I would travel the last few miles back to Port Washington using gasoline.  My gas milage now is well over 900 miles per gallon.  Prior to adding the Hofstra stations, I was at about 100 miles per gallon.  The added price for an electric hybrid, in my mind, is well worth the cost given the fuel savings.
Sticker #1
However, the real sticker shock does not come from the cost of the car, but from the stickers that are needed to verify that you drive an electric or clean car.

Sticker #2
For example, New York State makes one have 4 stickers on each corner of the car.  These stickers allow one to drive in the high occupancy/clean car lanes.  One of the stickers (thankfully) fell off our car and the photos below are of the remaining three.  In order to use the electric charging stations, Hofstra requires an "E" sticker on the front and back of the car.

So in total, I need to have six stickers on my car to verify its greenness.  
Sticker #3
If my car gets any greener, I am not sure I'll see the color of the car.

Yet, all of these stickers are worth 900 miles per gallon, even if gas is $2.00 a gallon.  I just have to get used to my car looking like a high schooler's notebook.

Sticker #5

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