Recently I noticed a lone 2017 Kia Optima PHEV (new) on sale at a local dealership. I drive 65 miles a day round trip to work. Since I work non-standard hours, I don’t run into a lot of traffic, but it can occasionally be stop and go.
This particular model has an amazing 29 miles of range on battery alone (/sarcasm.) But mileage is claimed to be up 46 mpg highway.
In theory, I like the flexibility of being able to charge up out of an outlet or going to a gas station, but I don’t have any idea what the cost would be to install a residential charging station. (I have a house with a driveway, but no garage.) There is also a serious dearth of charging stations in my metro area (maybe 5 in the whole city.)
At $30K, would this thing be worth buying? Are federal tax rebates still in effect for electric vehicles?