Electric or Hybrid? the research continues

We haven\’t been keeping an eye on what the latest is in the Go Electric campaign here in California. As we approach our decision to purchase a newer car, we are confronted with this. Purchasing a new car is not for the fainthearted. Many, including ourselves, have taken a blind eye, and not paid attention to what is politically going on, in that EV campaign but Californians better wake up, or else you\’ll be taking a bus in less than 15 years! 

To buy an EV or hybrid – that is the question! 

\”Zero emissions by 2035. 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035 – a target which would achieve more than a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide. By the time the new rule goes into effect, zero-emission vehicles will almost certainly be cheaper and better than traditional fossil fuel-powered cars. The upfront cost of electric vehicles is projected to reach parity with conventional vehicles in just a matter of years, and the cost of owning the car – both in maintenance and how much it costs to power the car mile for the mile – is far less than a fossil fuel burning vehicle.\”

Governor Gavin Nuesome\’s Executive Order Sept 23, 2020

A lot can happen here in California in 15 years. Caitlyn Jenner could be our new Governor for 8 of those years (Don\’t say it can\’t happen – that\’s how we got Arnold) 

However knowing how California works, this is not a flash-in-the-pan idea. BIG money has been put into this – our tax money has been put into this. It will go through, perhaps not with as stringent rules they are now projecting 15 years but it will happen. 

So what do you do?

Take your chances? 

Going with a Hybrid that is not a zero-emission vehicle could be a risk and in the state of Washington, they want to charge people an additional $75 a year for a plug-in fee along with your auto registration.  HB1548-2020-2021. As of today, it is still in committee.

SO what does that have to do with California?  California, Oregon, and Washington are all in bed with each other. The Three Amigos, or the Three Muskateers – I call them the Three Stooges! 

It does seem like here in California, it makes more sense to just commit to the electric vehicle because even the hybrid is questionable right now. 

As for the electric grid here in California. Yeah I know, it\’s a joke. There are too many questions that need to be answered and so far all they do is fill us with FLUFF. 

Gone are the cross country drives – even a lengthy Sunday drive if you have an electric car. We didn\’t like having to stay home last year due to the pandemic – well, get used to it. Our driving habits are going to be drastically reduced and that\’s the whole idea, isn\’t it? 

So now we are thinking the husband might have to get a part-time job and we put that large amount of cash we have saved on a down payment. That way we get all the tax credits and our car payment will lower. 

Or we continue to \”patch up\” the old van, for a couple more years – continue to save and see what is really going to happen. 

I can\’t believe this is not an issue in other states like it is here for those who are paying attention. 

6 thoughts on “Electric or Hybrid? the research continues

  1. Anonymous May 22, 2021 / 2:54 am

    I've read that all electric do not do well in cold climates, I also have some concerns about those batteries and issues on the environment if they break down or when they need to be disposed. Technology will eventually make them safe. Electric charging does require power plants run by gas or coal, I guess still more efficient. Probably.


  2. Anonymous May 22, 2021 / 4:30 am

    Everything starts in California. When we hear what is going on in California, we sort of know it is in our near future. You are right about it is going to happen. Our governor canceled the federal unemployment bonus. Ironic in that the people who qualified have gone back to work. These politicians are slick. I may have to go back to work to get our next vehicle too.


  3. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 12:01 am

    I haven't heard that about colder climates. I'll check into that. You are right about the batteries – Last year the UN warned about the devastating effects on the environment but for some reason it is not being heard. The PUSH is on.


  4. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 12:02 am

    It's a shame one would have to go back to work after retiring, just to purchase a new vehicle.


  5. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 12:02 am

    Glad you enjoyed it.


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