My New Year Resolution: Buy an Electric Car

Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor, shares his thoughts on why he wants to 'go electric' in 2011.

Published: 05-Jan-2011

My financial resolution for 2011 is to buy an electric vehicle — most likely the Nissan Leaf.

If you can’t bring yourself to say “financially astute” and “electric car purchase” in the same sentence, I understand. But I’m making my resolution with full knowledge that I won’t recoup my investments anytime soon. I also resolve to acknowledge that there’s some emotion in this process and to understand that numbers alone should never dictate any final decision in life.

I’m not buying an electric vehicle because I’m your stereotypical greenie. Instead, I’m a green-leaning consumer advice editor with a love of new technology and a few specific goals. First, I want to save time on my daily 64-mile commute by using car pool lanes. The Leaf will get me that access after I lose the privilege with my 2004 Toyota Prius this summer, when California’s permits for hybrids like the Prius expire.


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