How Our Nissan LEAF Hit Our Family Budget

Christian Science Monitor staff writer Mark Clayton continues the four installment in his occasional series on electric cars.

Published: 28-Aug-2012

PART 4 OF SERIES

A key step before you buy a new plug-in electric-drive vehicle is to examine your finances in detail. You may just love helping the planet, but it clearly helps to be able to justify higher upfront costs with the promise of lower fuel costs down the road and square that with the reality of what's in your wallet. A deadline helps, too.

By last November I had hatched a plan that would give our 1998 Honda Accord to our daughter for Christmas. She could take it off to college in January. That would leave my wife and I with only our eight-year-old Honda Odyssey. It's a good van, but at about 20 miles per gallon city, 26 m.p.g. on the highway, it’s hardly a mileage champ.

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