One of the great myths about electric cars is that “they” are too expensive — and usually when someone uses “they” in this case to refer to electric cars they mean ALL electric cars are allegedly “too expensive”.
I paid $270 per month to lease my 2014 all-electric Nissan LEAF (which had about 80-100 miles of range) for three and a half years.
I am paying an affordable $338 per month to lease a 2017 Chevy Bolt with a hefty 238 miles of range, enough range, in fact, to drive my two teenage daughters and myself from Denver to Santa Barbara and back (2,200 total miles!) this past summer.
It used to be true that Teslas were “too expensive”, even for me. Yes, even the Model 3 WAS too expensive for me, at $50,000+ or so — prior to tax incentives and rebates — for the vast majority of Model 3s on the road in the United States today.
That’s NOT true anymore.
Tesla is now taking orders for a “low end” Model 3 with a 50 kWh battery pack that has a reported range of about 220 miles and an entry level price of $35,000.
Buyers can still receive up to a $3,750 Federal Tax Credit through June 2019 on the Model 3. And here in Colorado — where I live, you can add a $5,000 state EV tax REBATE (rebate = real CASH back from Colorado regardless of what your state tax liability is).
So, doing the math, that means that consumers in the State of Colorado can get a Tesla Model 3 for as little as $26,250. That is NOT “expensive”, at least not for a new car. In fact, this price is right around the level of many standard gasoline mid-priced cars such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.
And, you can see fuel cost savings of up to 75 percent in a Model 3 over gasoline cars such as an Accord, Camry or Fusion.
So, if you are going to make an excuse not to look at potentially buying, or leasing, an electric car — at this point it really is ALL excuse, and, sadly, also individual consumer conservatism/ignorance/unwillingness to try anything new — you no longer can say an electric car is “too expensive”, at least not if you live in a state like Colorado, California, etc. which offer significant state tax rebates on electric vehicles.
Indeed, if you’re going to make an excuse about not at least looking at an electric car as your next car — especially if you live in a two-car+ household, I am going to call you on it, and I will call it out for what it is: Ignorance, fear, personal conservatism, stubborn-ness on trying something new, etc.
In fact, if you’re going to refuse to at least look at an electric car when it’s time for you to buy/lease another vehicle, this will now be thoroughly, and completely ALL ON YOU (I am continually disappointed at the ignorance/resistance of my “progressive” friends and coworkers and neighbors on electric cars). It will have NOTHING whatsoever to do with all of the inaccurate stereotypes about electric cars, especially not the lame — and incorrect — claim that electric cars are “too expensive”.