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We bought solar couple years ago and I jumped on the RAV4 Prime for the wife since her Camry Hybrid was getting older. The prime has been awesome, super practical EV and ultra efficient hybrid in one, ultimate transition vehicle. Now obviously I want to replace my truck with the Silverado EV also because it’s the new avalanche. I put down a deposit on the Aptera. I think it’s supercool they went all the way with the efficiency thing and I can run for free from its own solar panels. I’m a big motorcycle guy so maybe the aptera will technically be like a motorcycle EV that runs for free.
What EVs do you all have or want other then the Silverado? I could see replacing the wife’s RAV4 Prime with a Bronco EV or possibly Tahoe EV.
 

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2021 Mustang Mach E, Premium, RWD, Std Range 12k miles, 1st EV. It has been a great EV, but the Ford Service has been terrible. This is not an EV terrible, they were terrible when we had a Flex 3 years ago. Only Service I've had is recalls and SW updates to fix OTA failures. The std range is why my next has to be 300 miles or more. Charging infrastructure has been an issue for my travel area.
 

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Maybe in the distant future when GM has had their EV full-size SUVs out for a while and they start to become available in the secondary market I can see myself buying one for the wife. Will be a while, though, as I won't be buying new.

I was kind of interested in testing out a used Leaf (range sucks) or Volt (yes, not 100% EV) etc. before used vehicle market exploded and then the price of gas skyrocketed. Now people think they're worth their weight in gold. Maybe once the market cools down a bit I might try to source one to scoot around and eventually flip.
 

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Maybe in the distant future when GM has had their EV full-size SUVs out for a while and they start to become available in the secondary market I can see myself buying one for the wife. Will be a while, though, as I won't be buying new.

I was kind of interested in testing out a used Leaf (range sucks) or Volt (yes, not 100% EV) etc. before used vehicle market exploded and then the price of gas skyrocketed. Now people think they're worth their weight in gold. Maybe once the market cools down a bit I might try to source one to scoot around and eventually flip.
What would keep you from buying a new Bolt? They start at 29k 30k
 

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What would keep you from buying a new Bolt? They start at 29k 30k
I don't buy new vehicles, nor do I really need a Bolt or a Leaf or a Volt. I just have a habit of flipping cars in the 5-10K range and tend to buy what kind of catches my eye (purchase price has to also make sense, of course!) and Leaf/Volt kinda did that before all hell broke loose in the market.
 

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Im sure the bolt is great if you need it. But I personally don’t want a Korean car with shoddy batteries that catch on fire. I hope with ultium being designed and built under GM here we should end up with a better product.
I’ve heard good things about the Mustang Mach E, I’ve always appreciated Fords independence and outside the box thinking. I liked the Flex a lot too. I would consider an F-150 with a real bed, but I’m not going to buy a truck with a garbage hauling bed, I need to be able to fit real work.
 

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I have a Chevy Bolt with 12K miles. Bought it new for about $21K. Excellent vehicle and fun to drive. And fuel is "free" most of the year since I installed a solar system. Range is 260 miles and it does everything I need it to do.

Also get a new warranty when the original traction battery is replaced, which I'll delay as long as possible.
 

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2016 volt with 145000km and 2017 volt with 95000km
saving a shit load of cash with the price of gas
my chevy truck was using 85 dollars every 4 days back and forth to work to fill truck, 4 years ago, parked it when i got the volt
neighbour wanted the truck, sold it to him, filled the tank to see how much it took,200 dollars now
long story short with the 2 volts i could make 1600.00 a month payments and break even, compared to driving 1 gas truck
 

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My daily driver is a Hummer EV I bought in Feb '22. It has enough technology and features to keep me intertained. Range is exceeding my expectations (350+ miles on a charge) and it's a very functional utility vehicle. I've had only 1 problem (a dead 12v battery) which was resolved immediately by my dealer. I charge at home, at night. I'm going to have a difficult decision to make when my Silverado EV RST arrives!
 

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My daily driver is a Hummer EV I bought in Feb '22. It has enough technology and features to keep me intertained. Range is exceeding my expectations (350+ miles on a charge) and it's a very functional utility vehicle. I've had only 1 problem (a dead 12v battery) which was resolved immediately by my dealer. I charge at home, at night. I'm going to have a difficult decision to make when my Silverado EV RST arrives!
Would you be tempted to sell it before your Silverado arrives if its value increases enough?
 

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Had multiple Teslas when I lived in MA, but I ditched Tesla after moving to western Maine and realizing that 160+ miles to a service center is unacceptable.

So then I went with a Volvo XC90 PHEV....and because it's European, it's nice...but small. The infotainment screen was dogshit....

Sat in an F150 and realized that would work for us, so I went with the mild hybrid.

Now we have solar, so the wife is taking delivery of a Tuscon PHEV next month to hold us over until I can get the Silverado.
 

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My daily driver is a Hummer EV I bought in Feb '22. It has enough technology and features to keep me intertained. Range is exceeding my expectations (350+ miles on a charge) and it's a very functional utility vehicle. I've had only 1 problem (a dead 12v battery) which was resolved immediately by my dealer. I charge at home, at night. I'm going to have a difficult decision to make when my Silverado EV RST arrives!
Welcome @Snogoer! What would the Silverado have to be like for you to switch from the Hummer?
 

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Would you be tempted to sell it before your Silverado arrives if its value increases enough?
Perhaps, if I find something else to pique my interest. I think the values are going down a little. I turned down offers over $250K, but that was before I had a chance to drive it for a while. I'm really enjoying it!
 

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Our first EV was a PHEV, 2014 Volt. Was excellent for the 8 years we owned it. Only had one issue and that was actually with the gas engine, bad throttle position sensor (whole throttle body). Everything else was great. I could drive to work, charge there, and drive home without ever using gas. We used it for a road trip vehicle too until we had kids. Had 122k miles when traded in, about 25k of those were on gas.

Our first BEV is my wife's 2021 VW ID.4. It has been great, used it for a few trips and really got us used to trip planning and fast charging. It replaced her Atlas, and while smaller, is a great replacement. Have had some software glitches (all warning lights on when trying to start) that have required a sleep, shut down sequence, basically locking the car, walking away for 5 minutes or so and coming back. There have been no OTA updates as eluded to by VW, but it seems they may be on their way "soon".

We were going to use it for a recent family vacation, and needed more space so I added a trailer hitch to use a cargo carrier. We never got the chance to try that out because we got a surprise, and our Rivian R1T was delivered early (a year earlier than first estimate, and 2 months earlier than updated estimate). The Volt was traded in for the Rivian. It has been amazing in the couple weeks we have had it. There have been a couple quirks and issues (mainly the power tonneau cover stopped working on the first day), but the driving experience has been soooo good. It is fast and comfortable, range has been great, and fast charging is as fast as advertised. I had originally reserved a Silverado as a backup to the Rivian, and would have happily ordered one if the Rivian didn't exist. It looked like I was going to fall back on the Silverado when Rivian raised prices, but when they reversed that I was pretty sure I would stick with it and take delivery of the Rivian. In contrast to the VW, I have already gotten an OTA update on the Rivian, with refinements and added features. The software that it was delivered with was only about 4 weeks old, and looking back at the revision history it seems they are trying for updates every 3-5 weeks.

I am keeping my Silverado reservation active just in case, but mainly just because it was so early (11:30AM on Jan 5, 1.5 hours before they officially went live), and the dealer is a friend, so I wanted them to have the option to get an early allocation if they want. They only sell at MSRP, so if/when that goes through, maybe someone here can get an early jump at a good price.
 
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