Considering an Electric Vehicle? Here’s Some Practical Advice

Obsolete_thumbnailAs an “early adopter” of electric cars, I am often asked about how they work and whether they make sense for particular buyers. I’m happy to speak with you (or your group) on the topic, but let me share some general advice.  (At right is the opening slide of my PowerPoint presentation, which you can view at

1) Plug-in hybrids are a good first step. My favorite is the Chevy Volt. My 2012 Volt has 78,000 miles on it, performs like new, and I get 2,000 to 3,000 miles on each 8-gallon fill-up.

2) Used electric cars are a real bargain. You can get a used Volt for $10,000 or less. Unlike a used gas-powered car, there’s almost nothing that will fail in a used electric car — no transmission, timing belt, exhaust system, etc.

3) If you’re waiting for a Tesla Model 3, consider getting your deposit back and buying a used Tesla Model S.  There are plenty on the market for as little at $45,000.  A comparable Model 3 could cost at least that much and there’s no telling how long your wait might be for the Model 3.

4) If you want to buy a new Model S or Model X, use my referral code to get lifetime free supercharging:


Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is Net Zero Energy since December 2017, and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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