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Electric Cars

Hybrid cars (gasoline/electric) are a technology that is only transitional to completely sustainable-energy-based vehicles.

Nissan Leaf parked near solar electric charging station.
Our 2013 Nissan Leaf parked at a solar-electric charging station in Novato CA. Photo by Alan Gould.

An electric FedX truck
An electric FedX truck on 5th St in Berkeley CA. Photo by Alan Gould.

In 2007 I bought a 2005 Prius and had Luscious Garage in San Francisco make it into a hybrid vehicle. It could go only about 10 mi on a charge at most, and could not make it up a significant grade without gasoline engine. I sold it in 2013, when I bought my first pure electric car: a 2013 Nissan Leaf.

Plug-in conversion made fuel efficiency more than 52 mpg, but factor in $1 or so worth of electricity every now and then.

The conversion cost more than the blue book price (about $7000).
In the lower right of this photo, you can see where the plug-in happened—standard 110V outlets using standard grounded extension cords.

close-up of plug-in socket