Cost Of Car Ownership Calculator

CNET recently featured an overview of a new online car cost calculator.  The calculator has a limited list of cars you can select from so you can pick two vehicles and adjust things like miles driven per year, cost of fuel, and planned years of ownership.  Then it runs an analysis of the lifetime cost of ownership, lifetime cost of fuel, barrels of oil consumed, and emissions produced.  This is a great tool if you are considering purchasing a hybrid or holding off a purchase waiting on a full electric vehicle purchase.

Tesla Motors Reveals 2010 Roadster

Wow, these cars are a thing of beauty!

Tesla Motors 2010 Roadster - from DVICE story

Tesla Motors 2010 Roadster - from DVICE story

Head over to DVICE to get their story.  They opened a New York showroom and revealed next year’s car.  Still out of the price range for most people, but so great that this technology is getting exposure and it will only help the consumer market eventually.

Chevy Volt Announced – 230MPG!

Yesterday Chevrolet announced the 2011 Chevrolet Volt vehicle and claims it will get 230 miles to the gallon equivelent.  Check out the Chevy Page for the Volt or the Press Release.

Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

It looks pretty sweet and 230MPG?!  Yes, there is dispute over that number because of the way MPG is calculated when you aren’t really directly consuming “gallons”, but it still should prove economical.  Plug it in at night and charge it when electric rates are low and then use it the next day.  Note that the press release indicates it will have a range of 40 miles on a full charge, which won’t get you too far.  That wouldn’t get me to work and back even.  Check back for more news and updates.