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Comment: Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 93


I built one to match the features of the Volt and the base price climbed to $23.1K. After rebates, my loaded Volt cost 28K.

The focus is a nice little car. I like Ford vehicles. But it's still a buzzy little gas guzzler and it only gets 36MPG highway.

I'm getting 80MPGe in my Volt and drive 20K miles a year. With free workplace charging (from a Solar array BTW), my daily 79 mile commute costs me $1.03-1.50 in my Volt, depending on the weather. At 36MPG highway and current gas prices, which are historically normal, that same commute would cost $7.26 per day in the Focus.

I keep my cars for a very long time. My last car was a 2004 Sonata. If I were one of the many people who swap out their cars every 4 years, the Volt would certainly make much less sense.

Comment: Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 93

I bought one last September and love it. My previous car was a 2004 Sonata and I wanted to move onto something a bit more luxurious. I had my mind set on a 3 series or possibly a entry level Mercedes, but the more I read about the Volt (not from Fox News), the more I became intrigued.

You are right about the visibility though. It's pretty bad.

Comment: Re:The one question (Score 1) 93

I actually really like the way the Volt looks. I would not have bought one otherwise. The Volt's back-end is a little Prius-y looking.

IMO, all other EVs in my price range are ugly as hell. The BMW i3 is the absolute worst. I can't believe the same company that designed the i3 designed the i8.

Comment: Re: Tolls? (Score 1) 803

by toadlife (#49738077) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

pee mileage charges and tolls are popular with nobody except the Ayn Rand crowd.

Not true at all. Per mile taxes are already being used in many other countries which are all far from Randian paradises.

From wikipedia:

Internationally, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Switzerland have implemented various forms of VMT fees, limited to trucks. New Zealand also has such a system applying to all heavy vehicles and diesel-powered cars. France, Belgium and Russia all have truck based systems under development.

I am about as far from the Ayn Rand crown as you could get and I am for per mile road taxes, as long as efficiency and weight are factored into the equation.

I drive an electric(ish) car, a Volt, and drive 20K miles a year. 75% of those miles are electric, which means I am not paying my fair share of gas taxes. Under Oregon's model, I would be charged $300 per year, which doesn't seem unreasonable to me.

Comment: Perhap young people are just more emotional? (Score 1) 405

by toadlife (#49652247) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

I'm a good test case as I'm 36 now, and have worked in IT in the same institution since I was 20.

Early on in my career work stressed me out a lot more than it does today, even though today I am responsible for many more things.

I just think as you get older, the intensity of your emotions mellows out.

These stressed out Millennials are just...young.

Comment: Re:I'll bite (Score 1) 265

by toadlife (#49646899) Attached to: Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux

This sentiment was probably common among Windows admins at the lower end of the competence scale (admittedly a large group) who were projecting insecurity about their own skills.

I spent years molesting the cmd environment to do things that I could have done much easier in just about any unix shell, so powershell is indeed "the best thing ever", in the context of my job at a Windows-only shop.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White