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"UPDATE APRIL 23, 2022: based on .....a direct reply from Rivian Customer Service, it turns out that Rivian is NO LONGER claiming that their electric vehicles can be flat-towed behind a motorhome! As of now, they are indicating that Rivian EVs would need to be put on a flat-bed trailer to be towed behind another vehicle. BIG disappointment that we hope is corrected some day. But as of now, there do not appear to be ANY all-electric vehicles that are capable of being flat-towed, four wheels down. There ARE some HYBRID vehicles that are able to be flat-towed, but be sure to check with the manufacturer before assuming."
Too bad it can't be towed behind a motor home charging it as it was pulled using the motors as generators when the motor home brakes were applied. While I may never own a EV I sure like the looks of the new Buick Electra and the new Lincoln car.

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I'm kind of leaning towards an EV conversion of a classic Beetle. The car, aay, a model in the 60s or early 70s, runs around $10K (give or take a LOT), and a drop-in, complete EV kit from EV-West, which includes batteries, runs around $19K. The electric motor bolts to the original transmission, so four-down towing is not a problem. With various taxes and the like, I figure on the $30k to $32k range. Not too shabby for what will amount to a new car.

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What are the main difficulties you face when you have an electric vehicle.
How did your electric bill increased? We are thinking of buying one for my wife and at the same time checking atlantic city electric reviews https://www.pissedconsumer.com/atlantic-city-electric/RT-F.html as we see the point to deal with them in the futture.

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liamricci wrote:

What are the main difficulties you face when you have an electric vehicle.
How did your electric bill increased?


And how did your fuel bill decrease?


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pianotuna wrote:

liamricci wrote:

What are the main difficulties you face when you have an electric vehicle.
How did your electric bill increased?


And how did your fuel bill decrease?


Whoops. Replied to wrong poster. Deleted.

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liamricci wrote:

What are the main difficulties you face when you have an electric vehicle.
How did your electric bill increased?


When I was commuting gas bill was 240 dollars. After switching to EV power bill went up 40 bucks.

We haven’t experienced any difficulties. I’m not sure I understand what you are asking. EV is a lot more convenient though. Especially in winter. To each his own of course.

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Reisender,

So a net savings of $200 per month?

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pianotuna wrote:

Reisender,

So a net savings of $200 per month?


When I was commuting yes. I have since retired and don’t really have a commute now. We actually do more kilometres now but that’s because we are travelling a lot more. And 3/4 of our kilometres are pulling our travel trailer. Literally over 15000 kilometres of the last 20,000 kilometres have been pulling our little travel trailer. This means that more of our charging is on superchargers or DC fast chargers so there is less of a savings. And having said that about a third of our charging on the road is at campgrounds so that can vary from being free to a 15 dollar surcharge depending on the campground operator. But generally still much cheaper than gas.

Not sure I explained that well. Hope that helps.

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Reisender,

It seems perfectly clear to me. Thanks.

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