By Brit Rider (brit_rider) on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 5:01 pm:
"That's a pretty steep price tag, I'd be interested to draw up a costing of how long it would take to make the Epic a worthwhile investment compared to a normal gas powered Epic... if more than 3 years it doesn't really seem worth it."
Quick figuring, so don't bash my math...
(Using round figures just to get the idea)
Gas Epic - 8 gph, hybrid - 4 gph
100 hours per year, 400 gallons less per year
@$4.00 per gal = $1600.00 savings per year
$150,000 vs $75,000 price difference
46 years to break even
Not to take anything from Chris' venture, I think it is awesome, but it is like the hybrid cars, it's all about making a statement.
If I could afford one I'd be all over it.