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Civic Hybrid vx Civic LX - How many miles before I break even?

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  • So how long does it take to recoup our more than $2640 deficit? Read on…..

    If gas costs $2.50 a gallon here’s how much the Hybrid recovers at a given mileage:


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    If gas costs $3.00 a gallon here’s how much the Hybrid recovers at a given mileage:

    At 50,000 miles the non-hybrid has used 1724 gallons of gas, which cost $5172 while the Hybrid has used 1190 gallons of gas, which cost $3570. The Hybrid has recovered $1602 at this point.

    At 50,000 miles, the Hybrid recovers $1602
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<BREAK EVEN

    At 100,000 miles, the Hybrid recovers $3204

    At 150,000 miles, the Hybrid recovers $4806

    At 200,000 miles, the Hybrid recovers $6408

    At 250,000 miles, the Hybrid recovers $8010

    If gas costs $3.50 a gallon here&#146;s how much the Hybrid recovers at a given mileage:

    At 50,000 miles the non-hybrid has used 1724 gallons of gas, which cost $6034 while the Hybrid has used 1190 gallons of gas, which cost $4165. The Hybrid has recovered $1,869 at this point.

    At 50,000 miles, the Hybrid has recovered $1869
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<BREAK EVEN
    At 100,000 miles, the Hybrid has recovered $3738

    At 150,000 miles, the Hybrid has recovered $5607

    At 200,000 miles, the Hybrid has recovered $7476

    At 250,000 miles, the Hybrid has recovered $9345

    So at $3.50 a gallon, we&#146;d have to drive about LESS THAN 80,000 miles to break even
  • And some of you are saying "the battery pack costs a lot of money and it will negate the cost of the fuel savings.
    Well, can the battery pack last 200,000 miles?

    According to clean green car and the Honda site: http://www.cleangreencar.co.nz/page/faq-civic
    www.hondacars.com

    The battery was designed to last 10 years of normal driving? The honda civic hybrid battery also has an 8 year 80K mile warrantee. So that is about 15K per year according to their "lease" program. So after 150K miles you will have to replace the battery pack. Cost about 3000 us dollars (price could fall as more battery packs are replaced)

    So one must also ask the lost of fuel mileage "as the battery ages" due to the battery pack losing its efficiency. These figures I can not find, yet.

    So, using the above figures, at 250K miles the hybrid as recovered 9345 dollars. minus 3000 for the battery pack (if yo do the work yourself) and minus the cost of replacing the brake regenerators at about 100 dollars(estimate only per wheel: Lets use 345 dollars for the sake of even numbers)

    We are still ahead 6000 dollars at 250K miles. Looks like I will be shopping for a Civic Hybrid soon, unless they come out with a diesel civic.
    That is a whole different ball park. It gets really interesting if one makes their own biodiesel like a certain friend of mine does for his diesel trucks. Yep, very different ballpark indeed.
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