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High gas prices fuel local electric-car market

news-journalonline.com -- A Chevron sign advertising $3.71 gasoline on State Road A1A in Ormond-by-the-Sea might elicit a groan or exasperated sigh from many passing motorists. But not from Caroline Derensis.

"I laugh," Derensis said. "I laugh my head off."

Derensis' new car has no use for gasoline. Or oil changes, for that matter. Or timing belts.

In March, Derensis was the first to purchase a 2013 Mitsubishi MiEV from Daytona Mitsubishi Kia on Nova Road. The MiEV is an all-electric, battery-powered vehicle that is charged from a home socket rather than fueled at a service station.

"I got tired of paying for gas to get to work," Derensis, a nurse anesthetist who works at Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, said.

Derensis isn't the only person who has ditched oil.

In the face of high gas price


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remay
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 7:42:08 AM

"... has put about 4,000 miles on her electric car. If she were driving a gasoline vehicle, Derensis would need an oil change soon..."

Oil change soon? Really??? 4k in 8 months???
Marson
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 9:09:31 PM

Good for Derensis, it may be a bit more expensive overall, but if oil prices keep rising he may save money if he drives enough miles a year.
300kmiles
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 6:27:14 PM

Ha ha ha...
slowtrain
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 5:27:27 PM

I wonder how much Derensis will laugh when it comes time to replace the batteries in her car?
Muskie78
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 4:14:54 PM

I will still enjoy me gas guggler
caddilac
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 4:12:30 PM


"However, Derensis is seeing higher transportation costs elsewhere. Every evening after work, she plugs her MiEV into a 220-volt home charger that uses the same type of wall socket typically utilized by a clothes dryer. Of course, that has added to Derensis' monthly power bill.

"A whole $5 a month. A whole $5. Wow," Derensis said jokingly of how much her power bill has gone up."

I guess that answers the question brought up by some here, about how much it has added to her electric bill each month.

But I am guessing that some here were too lazy to read the FULL ARTICLE to be fully informed.

[Edited by: caddilac at 10/15/2012 5:14:12 PM EST]
RoadKing95
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:34:43 PM

BoobyVA - how about taking the time to actually read the article before posting your typical idiotic comments. All of your questions are answered, but I'm guessing it won't make you any smarter.
bar1035
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:34:36 PM

So how do laugh without a head?
GatorGuy
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:31:49 PM

And what's the sticker price on one of those bad boys?
BobbyVA
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:12:25 PM

What's the cost of a Mitsubishi MiEV and did Ms Derensis compute the cost of her electric bill with this plug in home socket. Bet she didn't and will faint when she sees the electric bill.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:10:13 PM

It would be ok if you could recharge it using a solar panel or wind generator, but to pay hydro for that...........Wow, what a bill!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:07:51 PM

I can see cities first
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:06:22 PM

the convert once are getting way out of main stream.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:03:57 PM

skip928: Thanks for a common sense comment. My utility bill this last summer was already in the 304 hundred dollar range and we keep the temperature set pn 80-83. Could not pay a higher bill.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 3:01:47 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:57:30 PM

glad she likes it, but the car is ugly...
Skip928
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:56:43 PM

This has been the end game all along. Stop drilling oil, blame it on environmental issues, and buy GM to push the Volt. It's a left wing b.s. to control the masses. Wake up!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:54:04 PM

Um, what is that phrase I am trying to think of?
Oh, yeah:
BULL EXCREMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:51:11 PM

No thanks.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:51:09 PM

her utility co must love her
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:43:30 PM

okay!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:43:25 PM

The MiEV is an all-electric, battery-powered vehicle that is charged from a home socket rather than fueled at a service station.

I would like to see her electric bill. Home socket?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:39:39 PM

Thanks for the story.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:37:56 PM

Always woindered how long these batteries last and what it costs to replace them. Think I'll wait for CNG.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:35:23 PM

She'll think gas & oil is cheap when she has to buy new batteries!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:33:05 PM

All-Electric vehicles (pure EVs) are not really green and will never solve our energy needs. They will tend to overload the electricity grid and too much of our electricity is still generated by burning Dirty Coal.

We need to be pursuing abundant, cheap and clean American natural gas in the forms of CNG and LNG as our primary alternative to all oil based fuels. The U.S. is now the worlds largest producer of natural gas. North America could truly become energy independent.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:33:01 PM

How much are they and what are the costs involved regarding upkeep?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:31:53 PM

Good for her.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:31:38 PM

Derensis, Start saving your gas and oil money savings to buy your new battery later..............
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:30:56 PM


Wish the price was that low around here...

dudleydolittle
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:28:55 PM

Good for her, glad she can afford one, I can't.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:25:57 PM

average commute is 16 miles one way
me2too4c
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:23:12 PM

when the demand for oil goes down because everyone switch we see price like the good olde days less then a dollar a gallong for gas!!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:20:52 PM

Just what Obama wants.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:12:07 PM

The cost of one of those along with the upkeep and batteries, etc., not to mention the additional costs that will eventually added to shaft us once again, will pay for quite a lot of gasoline. Not for me.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:12:07 PM

It is an ill wind that blows no good. High gas prices are very ill winds. Maybe we will soon not need gas.
Yonkers111
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:11:36 PM

Electric will not replace gasoline at these low prices.
skybiker
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:11:09 PM

$30K for that Tinker Toy Car? Really???
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:09:41 PM

Until u get the power bill!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:06:21 PM

That bitch and every one who uses these golf carts are going to cause my electric bill to rise. I hate every one of these butt heads. I hope she and all the others get electrocuted.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:05:34 PM

I can use my bicycle without gas or electricity!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:04:29 PM

That's got to be a good feeling!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:03:04 PM

EV's are not going to save the planet.
redtruckaz
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:01:58 PM

Elect cars need something to be burned to produce the elect. Battery are very very haz mat, what are you going to do with the old battery? Dig a hole and cover them up????? What are thinking?? Gump stated "stupid is what stupid does" Buy elect cars now is stupid maybe in 20 years from now.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:01:13 PM

whatever.
TTM77
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:00:07 PM

lower the price and i'm sure I can find a way to fit it into my need. :)
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:59:23 PM

Electricty is just as high.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:57:54 PM

Good point, shadyjaydee! If that were to happen to her, then others could laugh their heads off!
19sheldon43
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:57:46 PM

We'll see who has the last laugh, when she runs out of power on the road.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:56:33 PM

For how many people is it practical?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:55:06 PM

Wait until carbon tax and/or demise of coal-fire power plants, and we'll see who is laughing then! States have not yet figured out how to collect road use taxes on many of the alternative fuels. That day is coming, too. My bet is that it will be via onboard reporting like Sync (Ford) or On-Star.
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