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2-5 BlogThe first thing that jumped out at me was the starting cost of the Toyota Prius. This has it’s starting cost as $23,015. I didn’t know that the starting cost was so low. I thought that it was closer to the Volt’s starting cost which is almost double at $39,145. I was also surprised how the cost to own the Accord stayed relatively close to the Prius through the 15-year mark. I would say that it was probably only about$5,000 more expensive to own the Accord than the Prius. The Volt remains approximately $20,000 moreexpensive to own, which would mostly be due to the starting cost. I was also really surprised that the chart showed the Volt using 72 gallons of gasoline and with a higher annual fuel/electricity cost compared to the Prius, $686 for the Volt compared to $561 for the Prius. When I altered the gasoline price I found that the Prius remains the cheaper vehicle to own almost exactly until the 15-year mark. It is only slightly before this point that the Volt becomes the cheaper vehicle to own. I was surprised that the Accord still remained cheaper than the Volt until the 6-year mark.While I did the experiment as described I also added a car. I felt that comparing a 2.4L engine to a 1.8L hybrid and 1.4L plug-in hybrid was a little misleading, so I also included a 2012 Honda Civic 4cyl 1.8L Automatic 5-spd Gasoline to the comparison so that I could get another car that would have more equivalent power and gas usage as the others in the comparison. In my altered experiment with adding the Honda Civic but leaving the gas price as the default I noticed that the Civic actually remains the cheaper vehicle to own all the way until the 15-year mark. At this point the positions will change and thePrius will become the cheaper vehicle to own. When I changed the gas price in this comparision I noticedthat the Civic almost instantly becomes more expensive to own than the Prius, while it remained cheaper than the Volt until the 9-year mark.I really liked that this comparison showed the annual emissions on the chart. When speaking to people that purchased electric or plug-in hybrid cars they often make claims that they are zero emissions. However, there are emissions made at the power plants that make the energy for their vehicles. This chart seems to take this into account since it shows the Volt emitting 4,117 lbs. CO2 per year. While this is the lowest in the group it is not that much lower compared to the Prius at 5,807 lbs.

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