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Letter: Electric vehicles pay off

By James and Patricia Kreipe, Vancouver
Published: March 15, 2024, 6:00am

Contrary to recent media negativity, what’s not to love about electric vehicles? We purchased a new Chevy Bolt for under $30,000 and have driven over 8,000 miles since April 2023. The gas car we replaced got 25 mpg; traveling 8,000 miles would require 320 gallons at $4 equals $1,200. We installed a home charger for under $900. Our electric bill increased a maximum of $20 a month, equaling $160 to “fuel” our new EV for eight months.

We love not paying exorbitant gas costs and no costly oil changes. The icing on the cake is not emitting 6,240 pounds of CO2 as well as the ability to drive to the coast and back on a single charge. Love our EV!

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