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Plug in hybrids at apartments

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Hey what's up guys! I'm new here to this forum. I signed up because I'm looking to replace my 15 toyota Camry with a hybrid, preferrably a plug in hybrid! So far the 2017 fusion energi appears to be at the top of my list now given that the energi can be had in the top tier level platinum trim. So comfortable inside and just, everything about it is awesome! However, there's a certain someone, which is my dad, who is against the idea due to the fact that I will be moving to an apartment complex. But the thing about it is that I will always have the gas engine when I need to plug it in. I like that ability, in addition to the fuel economy numbers and the long traveling range. I want to know if there are people here that have one, they live in apartments and condos, and how they go about it as far as plugging it in to charge the battery is concerned. Thanks guys!

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That's going to depend on the apartment and what they offer as far as plugins. Honestly you might be better off with a regular hybrid unless you know you'll have charger access.

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You will need to check with your apartment owners for what rules there may be. If your apartment is near parking, with a space right next to it, and there is an outside outlet that is part of your apartment, and they'll let you run a cord out to the car, then it may work. If it has a garage, you again need to verify any electricity used is yours, and not a common outlet or another unit's.

 

Otherwise, why waste the money? The payback on many Hybrids is still rather poor, and a plug-in will be even worse unless you can charge it up easily and cheaply, and often.

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I bought my used Fusion plug in cheaper than I could have gotten a hybrid for. Maybe the local demand for plugs in are less dunno. I plug in when I can and other times just drive it as a hybrid. Saving 30-50% on fuel cost to me is more than worth it.

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In Minnesota, there's a law that requires apartment owners to accommodate 120v PHEV residents whenever possible, they're not required to provide charging stations, only 120v access. When I had my C-Max, I worked with building management and swapped my garage parking space so I was next to an outlet, I got free energy for two years. If your wondering why I no longer have a PHEV, I had concerns with the long term reliability of the current battery system, with new technology coming in 2019/2020, Ford's commitment to the current technology, and because I will be moving to the Phoenix area next January, the effects of extreme heat on the battery system. The choice is yours, but I'm very happy with my 1.5L Fusion and I have exceeded EPA MPG estimates since I've had the car.

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12V? I think you mean a standard 120V outlet?

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oops

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12V, 120V - whatever it takes.....

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12V, 120V - whatever it takes.....

About 108 more volts.

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About 108 more volts.

 

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