I am handing off my 7-year-old CR-V to my son next year. When I do, I’ll buy a gasoline-only car or non-plugin hybrid.
I did all the math. An All Wheel Drive (AWD) BEV or PHEV from a brand I trust (I do not trust Tesla), is a minimum 10-15k more than an comparable gas-only or non-plugin hybrid. And that’s not including the cost of installing a charger.
Because I drive under 5k miles a year, any cost advantage of electric over gasoline takes more than a decade to simply break even. And with the race to make electric more affordable, I can’t necessarily expect to get much of that difference back when I sell an electric vehicle.
I think BEV & PHEV cars are good for people who drive a lot more than I do and can recoup some of the extra costs, possibly even get ahead. But I don’t see an ecological benefit or emotional benefit worth 10K or more.
I’ll look again in 5-6 years. By that time the infrastructure, AI, costs, and battery tech should all be improved. Then it might be worth adopting for me.