30 Apr '12, 12pm

Report: Electric Cars Cost Less (But watch the assumptions): Filed under: Energy News

Report: Electric Cars Cost Less (But watch the assumptions): Filed under: Energy News

This analysis does not account for the time value of money. A cost-conscious fleet manager would be discounting future fuel costs at his company's cost of funds. For the US government, that may be only a couple percent, given what Treasury bonds are selling for these days. But most public companies cannot borrow at nearly so low a rate, and raise a good portion of their funds through more-expensive equity, so a discount rate in the 5% to 15% range would be more appropriate. This will make fuel costs relatively less significant, and disadvantage BEVs and PHEVs relative to other vehicles. No account is taken of the need for additional fueling infrastructure. This gives an advantage to BEVs, PHEV-40s, and natural gas vehicles relative to the rest. PHEV-10s (i.e. the plug-in Prius) have small enough batteries that they should be able to get by with inexpensive level 1 (120 V) ...

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