My Throw Away Car vs my Hybrid


My concept of driving with the increase cost of gasoline many years ago, was to have a car which gets at least 20 miles per gallon; but spend approximately only 5 to 10 cents a mile on the cost of the vehicle. At $4 per gallon that is 20 cents per mile for gasoline  to drive plus 10 cents purchase cost per mile. At $2.00 per gallon and 20 mpg, the cost is 10 cents per mile for gasoline. The federal government states that it cost the average tax payer 57 cents per mile to drive. But that also takes in the cost of insurance, repairs, tires, etc. To be happy I need to spend only 30 cents or less per mile for gasoline and cost of the car..


In 1985 I purchased my last brand new car. It was a GM Tech 4 engine which got 27-37 mpg. Before that it was1963 when I got my first 20 mpg car a VW Karman Ghia. My very first car was a 55 ford coupe in 1958 which got only 8 mpg. (Gasoline then was 14 cents a gallon. I got upset in 1962 when gas jumped to 17-18 cents a gallon and so I went for the 20 mpg. Have a laugh, but think about it a 4 cent jump was almost a 30% increase. Today that equates to $3 to $3.90. Remember minimum wage in 1962 was 40 cents an hour, which was $16 per week for a worker trying to just get by.


 All the cars in between have been used from excellent to tired old beat-up cars, sometime I call them Throw away cars (Spend $1000 drive it 10,000 miles then throw it away: cost 10 cents per mile). (Put $1000 in repairs, then I had to get 20,000 miles)



Now what about hybrid vs total electric cars and the cost to operate?


If you do the math the cost of the vehicle out weighs the saving in buying gasoline. Right now gas is at an all-time low for the last 20 years, so the small savings will not out weight the cost of the car. Say you spend $30,000 on a good hybrid, drive it 125,000 miles and then sold it for say $5000. So $25,000 was spent to drive 125,000 miles which is 20 cents per mile. My Prius has 90,000 miles at a cost of $30,000 and the gasoline is costing between 4 and 5 cents per mile…so I barely win cost wise and the environment wins big with better yearly  consumption  data.


 In your projections and summary portion of this project I included some national data to explain we are using far less gasoline than in 2007-2008. In my four years, 48 months using the Prius, I have used approximately 2000 gallons of gasoline (or 500 gallons per year) versus 4500 gallons if I had continued to drive my previous car, a police interceptor Crown Vic (or 1125 gallons per year). So I have done my part in helping the environment, while not exceeding my 30 cent per mile idea (and I am driving a newer car)


If electricity is 12 cents per kWh — the national average — it would cost $3.48 to go 100 miles. At 20 mpg and $2.00 per gallon, then it would cost $10 to go 100 mile with gasoline. Another way to calculate cost is to use the number of kilowatt-hours it takes to recharge the EV's battery. If an EV requires 20 kWh to fully recharge and the rate is 12 cents per kwh, that's $2.40 to fill up the car(.Nov 19, 2013) (JEA Rate is currently 14.2 cents per kwh and we do not variable rates depending on the time of day.) However, do we save the environment from CO2? Do the research and find out how much CO2 is emitted in a fossil fuel electric plant (like JEA) to produce on KWH. There is a power plant who has installed CO2 scrubbers, but the system is turned off. Why?


I am very concerned about our environment. No matter how many mpg you get, every gallon of gasoline you burn produces almost 18.7 pounds of Carbon Dioxide into our atmosphere. How much CO2 is generated to produce One KWH to charge the batteries of a pure electric car or a plug in hybrid? Is it more or less compared to burning one gallon of gasoline. Address this issue in your summary paper (Projections)