A group that I worked with at Bren recently pushed a website out to the world that lets you compare car value (economic and environmental). It delivers the payback period (net present value calculation) of any cars you choose. You can modify the mpg, driving style and price you pay for the car, gas or electricity.
It may still have some bugs, so PLEASE let me know about them if you run across any.
Our project revealed some things that may seem evident, but deserve to be emphasized:
1) Driving styles (distances and speeds) really make a financial difference
2) Efficient cars are worth their weight in Lithium: they pay off their initial price relatively quickly
3) “No Emitting” plugins do emit: they displace the emission to an electric generating facility. The footprint is determined by the fuel source of that facility (This is why electric cars could play a crucial role in the storage of renewable energy)
Have fun with it!
My thanks to:
Jake “windproof undies” MacArthur
Ryan “I’m bringin scarvies back” Smith
The Chenerator (thanks for makin it happen!)
Zack “we ain’t missin you at all” Donohew
and, of course, Professor Sangwon Suh
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