Sorry, but electric cars, as of today still don't make sense to "me", yet.To answer a bunch of comments at once:
- The Prius isn't in contention as it's not pure EV. At an average fuel consumption of around 5.5L/100K it uses more gas than a Volt, and it uses it all the time as there's (at least on the generations in contention in the used market, I think the new ones are mostly the same?) no option to drive on electricity alone. Yes, even though the Volt relies on gas as well after the battery depletes, with a Prius you lose those ultra-cheap electric miles, and the use more gas with every 100K of gas mileage on top of that.
- Last I looked the Bolt MSRP was around $50K Canadian? Even with the $15K subsidy, with no trade (the 300 will have little realistic residual value by the time are done with it), by the time you add taxes back onto that you're still talking a basically $40K car, which I'm not willing to pay as the carying costs vs savings math don't make sense to me personally. There's also the range anxiety that my wife would not be cool with, or the fact that it's not realistic for any longer trips like we occasionally take - I often drive for more than the Bolts entire range before stopping sometimes on road trips, and I don't want to have to wait hours for a recharge, all while having to plan around charging station availability.
The Bolt at 50k is simply a rip off, and way too small for what you pay for. Same with Volt.
A Honda Accord Hybrid starts at $31k msrp cdn, gets 50mpg (4.7l/100km) which is apparently best in class, far more room, drives better, and eliminates "range anxiety" and the need to install an electrical charger in your house, and bother of plugging it in every night, and you get the legendary Honda reliability.
No brainer here. Unless you "have to have" an electric car, hybrid makes much more sense....