Thinking About an Electric Car?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

I would guess that nearly everyone who drives has thought about purchasing an electric or hybrid car. I have. My best friend has a hybrid Honda Prius and I really like it but I've also wondered about a fully electric vehicle.

For over a year now or local electric  coop has been reporting on a Chevy Bolt they purchased and how it has performed. I wanted to share with you the latest report. What I like about their report is that this car is tested right here where our cold temperatures cut battery time/life in half.

 

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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thanks for the great information. Yes, an electric car would be nice however for me know where I have long distances to drive to show ranches in rural parts of the state, the recharge issues are something that I do not want to worry about at this time. I am interested when the range is greater and recharging is plentiful and the cost of the vehicles is at least comparable.

Jan 17, 2022 07:35 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Those are my concerns exactly Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI and when you take into account our temperatures rob almost half the batter life it's really scary.

Jan 18, 2022 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- we've had a Toyota Prius since 2008 and we love it!!!  While I miss my Expedition that I used to have for staging I don't miss having to fill it up so much. 

Jan 17, 2022 07:45 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

My friends hybrid is great Kathy Streib . It has wonderful acceleration and when it runs on gas it's recharging itself as well. 

Jan 18, 2022 05:24 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob I have not considered it and I recall that in the early days the batteries would not last... now I guess things have improved but still trying to find charging stations is a challenge.... good thing we do not go anywhere anymore so it could be an option:)Endre

Jan 17, 2022 09:42 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

The whole charging station thing (and what they charge to use a charging station) is the biggest issue for me as well Endre Barath, Jr. 

Jan 18, 2022 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... not on my radar as yet. I don't believe charging stations are all that readily available as yet.

Jan 18, 2022 03:21 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I would guess that for the most part I would be fine just plugging it in at home Nina Hollander, Broker but should I chose to go out of town it's going to be an issue and even impossible in the winter. If I'm going to spend $40,000 or more for a car it better be able to get me 400 miles round trip without waiting an hour or more at a charging station.

Jan 18, 2022 05:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - it's nice to have options.  And in our area, the choices for transportation are abundant.  

Jan 18, 2022 03:57 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I agree Michael Jacobs and regretfully we don't have a lot of options out in rural North Dakota.

Jan 18, 2022 05:30 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I absolutely LOVE my electric car and will never drive anything different as long as I have my choice.

Jan 18, 2022 04:10 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I know I would love an electric as well Brian England if only I could drive a hundred miles and back without a charge but our cold weather robs half of the battery life as mentioned in the article.

Jan 18, 2022 05:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. An electric car is not on my radar at this time. While I don’t drive a lot, have taken a trip where I drove over a thousand miles in one day. No dead battery wanted here

Jan 18, 2022 04:52 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Wayne Martin that is my issue as well. I drive to see Tina twice a year, 900 miles one way and then driving around the City of Milwaukee. How many hours am I going to spend in towns I don't want to be in just charging. I can fill my gas tank it 10 minutes.

Jan 18, 2022 05:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's an interesting review of an electric car with the cost differences. Thank you for sharing.

Jan 18, 2022 05:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Kat Palmiotti I really liked it because most reviews do not take into account our Northern winters nor do they test over a period of a year or greater as this one does.

Jan 18, 2022 05:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is definitely an interesting article to share.

I have not yet seriously considered an electric car.

I am happy with my Honda Accord and Dolores drives our very safe Mercedes.

Jan 18, 2022 05:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I too am comfortable with what I drive Roy Kelley so I totally understand however it looks like this current administration make mandate we all have an electric vehicle in the not so distant future.

Jan 18, 2022 07:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob,

When it became difficult to find the car we wanted, we actually were ready to buy a Tesla even though we are not all that fond of the look of it..  There are lots of charging stations in town.  Our reservation has been if we drove long distances, we would both be nuts waiting for the charging part.  Luckily just then the phone rang, and the dealership found the car we wanted.  Next one will be a hybrid.  

Porsche has a beautiful all electric sports car, however the price was astronomical, $250,000.  LOL A

Jan 18, 2022 07:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A quarter of a million is just out of reach for me A. Maybe if they knocked a zero out of there I could do it with a low interest loan. Thanks Ron and Alexandra Seigel .

BTW I think you two would be a lot more patient then me waiting for that charger. You have shown me your patience and I really, really admire you for it.

Jan 18, 2022 09:20 AM