Hi. Nice post and good advice. Thank you for sharing.Hi all! Reserved a Silverado last month. Not new to EV's. Own a 2022 Mini Cooper SE and love it. Have also purchased a Zero Motorcycle, just like the one in the video! Anyway, I hate to give up my old 1992 Chevy Silverado, but it has done well.
If you are looking around thinking about purchasing an EV, consider these three things:
1. The actual range you will need, i.e., how many days between charging. I figured out the range of the Mini Cooper was enough for me and my wife to use in town for a week between charges. It is also just enough range to get to the larger cities around us. But, if you have a 40 mile commute, go with something with more range, like the Silverado!
2. How big of a vehicle do you need? My wife and I love the Mini as a two seater and do not mind going out to eat with friends in it. But, on long trips you can get somewhat cramped in the back seat. Maybe something bigger?
3. Where you live and how are you going to charge? If you are in an apartment complex, you might have to rely on the landlord to put in some chargers and then you might have to share them. Or, you are just going to have to charge at chargers around the city. At $ 0.35 per KWH and 3.5 miles per KWH, 10,000 miles a year adds up to $1000 in energy cost per year. That's $83 per month, which is not bad compared to gas, but a home owner would pay one-half to one-fourth this amount because of the ability to charge at home. So, if you do own a home, do you have a 240 outlet near where you plan to park? A 110 charger is great and really saves your battery pack, but 24 hours is a little long to wait for a full charge. If you go with the 240 volt level 2 home charger, you can get a full charge in 4 to 8 hours.
Well, that's my two-cents worth. I have gone electric and look forward to adding to our home fleet. The Silverado will be the perfect combination of utility and comfort, especially for long trips. Talk at you later.
P.S. Even bought an electric mower.
We have also recently gone all in on EV. No more ICE for us.