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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.

Mike

P.S. Even bought an electric mower.
 

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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.

Mike

P.S. Even bought an electric mower.
Hi. Nice post and good advice. Thank you for sharing.

We have also recently gone all in on EV. No more ICE for us.
 

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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.

Mike

P.S. Even bought an electric mower.
Good points @KD4KCD thanks for posting this and welcome to the forum! What charging setup do you have at home for your Mini? Which Silverado model did you reserve?
 

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I have a Zero FX. Great fun, very cheap to drive.
I recently did a test ride on a Zero, and really liked riding it. But I'll wait a while longer since I'm more of a sport-touring rider. I've had BMW RTs for years, and really like to do long-distance rides. I also have a Chevy Bolt, and am waiting for details on the Silverado EV.
 

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Deciding on whether to go EV:
PROs
  • Save on routine maintenance
  • No exhaust, no gasoline, no oil changes
  • High performance
  • Lower fuel cost, especially if you own a home and even lower if you have rooftop solar.
  • It is where automobiles are headed
  • If you own a home you can fill up (charge) at home. No more pumping gas into your cars tank.
  • It can serve as backup power
  • It is helping drive the evolution to sustainable green energy!

CONs
  • More expensive to purchase but will even out as supply and competition increases
  • Currently fewer choices that will dramatically improve near to mid term
  • Immature infrastructure but is quickly evolving
  • Limited range but as charging network matures this becomes a non issue
  • Charging times can be significantly longer than a gas fill up but that should be addressed as charging technology improves
  • Currently not a good option for heavy long distance towing due to impact on range. This will ultimately be solutioned.

Currently the EV evolution is in its infancy and most if not all of the inconveniences will be resolved.

EVs are not the perfect solution or the end all solution but are a necessary and positive step in the right direction.

At the local personal level I much prefer driving/walking behind an EV than an exhaust spewing ICE! And lets NOT forget that EVs help drive the evolution to sustainable green energy production!!!
 
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