Canadians will soon be able to buy all-electric vehicles. I decided to compare one to the hybrid and an inexpensive car with good fuel economy. I'll calculate the cost of 20,000km of highway driving with gasoline costing $1.25/L. Vehicle prices are SRP.
The Mitsubishi i-MIEV will sell for $33K, at a claimed 1c/km for electricity. Total driving cost: $200.
The Prius is $28K and has a fuel economy of 4.0L/100km. Total driving cost: $1000.
The Kia Rio 5 is $14K and has a fuel economy of 4.9L/100km. Total driving cost: $1225.
Dividing the cost of the vehicle over 10 years (excluding financing & maintenance costs) puts the Rio5 on top:
I often drive a motorcycle in good weather, so for fun I calculated the annual cost for a Honda Shadow 750: $1975. A smaller CBR125R: $1050.