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RE: Thanks Abe. The truth is always somewhere in the middle.

"That said, a friend stated awhile back that we should drive our current gasoline-engine cars into the ground because we aren't going to get anything on resale of them. He was joking, but maybe a hybrid should be considered as a contender for the next car."

You might be right about Hybrids depending on your needs.

I think there's severe downward price pressure on used pure EV's because of the significant improvements in range in the newer models. Who wants last year's EV if this year's model has significantly better range? The huge depreciation on EV's will also drive up the cost of a lease. A used EV might be a good buy. A new one is probably the worse in terms of depreciation.

Hybrids may be another story. The yearly improvements are there but more incremental so older models may hold their value a bit better. I haven't really looked at used Hybrid pricing so I'm just guessing.

But from a purely financial standpoint I think it's hard to justify the premium for a Hybrid or EV given today's gas prices. On the other hand, if one is allowed to use the HOV lane on long daily commutes in an EV, that alone might make it worthwhile.

I have friends in CA who were early adopters of Hybrids initially and then pure electric EV cars. They spent several hours a day commuting to and from work on congested freeways. The Hybrid (early on) and later with EV's allowed them to use the HOV lane.

Edits: 07/09/17

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