Here in the land of plenty (of taxes), aka California, we've just about nudging the four dollar mark for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline (again). Like those Marriott Rewards points that seem to have less value, so our driving around does too.
I checked on the real cost of driving my Tesla, and found that it costs about a dollar a gallon to charge at home (equivalent cost of electricity) and takes about three hours for a full charge. Charging stations, which are as numerous as carrier pigeons, might add a surcharge, like the one that is never used at the Walgreen Pharmacy (at the corner of grumpy and costly) around the corner.
And if your Volt or Tesla ignites, then well, you get the picture. That's why we have insurance.right?
So question of the day: what are you paying for regular gas a gallon these days? I realize that we are getting the highest dollar per gallon cost and I want to feel good for me and bad for you all?
Wait, I only have a few hours until the Tesla S is again ready to go a couple hundred miles, if I am careful.
In Northeast Georgia, we're paying about $3.25 to $3.30 per gallon for regular unleaded. Lady Foxglove's clean diesel is $3.85 to $4.09 per gallon. But she gets 40+ mpg around town, so it's pretty economical in the long run. When I'm driving her turbo diesel, fuggedaboudit! (I'm pretty certain her car suffers from split personality disorder, with borderline schizoid accelerative tendencies.)
Down here in The Woodlands some 35 miles north of downtown Houston I saw a sign yesterday that was $3.23 for 87 octane. I then went across the interstate on a top secret mission later in the day to where I normally fill up my 16 gallon tank and found it for $3.09.
Being fortunate and not having to drive my car much more than 8 miles round trip to do just about anything we want with most trips being 3 miles round trip to the golf course I don't fill up often. In fact averaging some 330 miles/month I probably get fuel every six weeks if I've been in town that entire time.
It's crazy I am saving more money being retired and not paying toll fees, buying gas every 10 days, less auto insurance and no union dues than I did working!!
$3.759 in Central CA yesterday. Last month, my husband put a deposit on one of these...
I really don't see myself in one (though I did sit in this one on display in San Francisco last September; my cousin is sitting here in the photo), but at 84/mpg, and at a cost less than a motorcycle, perhaps maybe. Strangely, husband was out of state when I met up with cousin in SF, and I completely forgot to tell him about these later. Then out of the clear blue last month, I come home from work and am met with, "Guess what I did today, dear?"
(Whispering) Honestly, I think it's just an excuse for him to buy another toy with a combustible engine.
I just paid $3.559/gallon for 89 octane (the HEMI engine requires it). Your question reminded me of waiting in line for gas in 1974. I would be sitting in the back seat of my mother's car (a huge aqua blue Oldsmobile), wondering if there would ever be an engine that would run on air so that I wouldn't be getting sick in the back seat anymore!
since we are reminiscing Sledchick, I remember first driving at 16 and waiting in line at the station during a gas war where gas was temporarily 18¢ a gallon. I think it was regularly about 22¢ if I recall. Should have been somewhere around 68' or 69'. How about you all out there that are just slightly older than me? What can you remember as lowest gas price during your driving years?
madmax I believe I'm ever-so-slightly your junior (he said tactfully), but I remember in 1972, my father let me take his 1970 Olds Delta 88 out of town for a day-long school-related conference I was attending in Augusta. He was afraid my old beater ( a really used '62 Pontiac Tempest) wouldn't make it. Gas prices were around 30 to 35 cents a gallon. I had a part-time job, and I could normally fill up my car for under six bucks. That afternoon, on the way home, I thought, "I'll show my appreciation to Dad by filling up his car." So I said the the attendant -- an attendant -- "Fill 'er up." When I looked back and saw the pump had reached $8.00 , I leaned out the window and shouted, "That's enough!"
Oh, to fill up for eight bucks again! Those prices didn't last long, though, as 1973 ushered in the OPEC oil embargo -- and the nationwide 55 mph speed limit.
55, we've been doing legal speeds of 75-85 in Texas for years!
We've actually had the speed limit of 65 on our soon to be called middle loop, Beltway 8, but last time I was on it doing 65 I thought I was backing up. Some call it our "daily NASCAR race", it's insane how fast four lanes of traffic will be going all the time weaving in and out of the lanes.