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My Shocking New Ride (HAR HAR HAR...)


#1
  • Goes to dealership to get oil changed on Optima PHEV
  • Gets email on the way there from Kia reminding of upcoming lease end on said Optima PHEV, and to consider end of lease options
  • Wanders over to sales lot to look at what might possibly make me not just buy the Optima at the end of the lease
  • Drives off the lot in this instead:

My wife and I had talked about going fully electric for a while, since we really loved how the Optima drove on battery, and the whole “not buying gas” thing. I figured the only thing that would make me not buy out the Optima at lease-end would be a Niro EV, but it would also have to be a really good bargain.

Well, my local dealer had 3 leftover 2019 EX Premiums (fully loaded) left in stock, partially thanks to COVID shutting down dealerships for several months. And the bargain they had on it, well… Irresistible.


#2

Man, this thread really gave me a jolt! Kia are making substantial oscillations in the electric car market plus they’re so easy to convert to from petrol or diesel options; no need to go back and forth between ICE and electric, just one direct current to follow!

I’m glad you decided to step up and transform your daily into a ICE free reality. Now you’ll need to take charge, amp up the AC/DC on the stereo and make a circuit of your home town; time to shock the locals into transforming their reality by living in an electric dream!!!

Always be together, living in Electric Dreams…


#3

So tracking fuel consumption on a pure EV is quite different from anything with an internal combustion engine. Had to rework my sheet to track it, and since I don’t have “fill ups” per se anymore, I will now be tracking mileage and energy usage for an entire month at a time.

August’s calculation is in, brief as it may be as we’ve had the car for only 9 days.

262.4 miles, 4.2 mi/kWhr average consumption, 62.48 kW used. My PUD charges 10.34 cents per kW. Total cost to power the car that distance: $6.46.

It costs about $45 to put enough gas in my Santa Fe to go that far. :joy: