• worth 4 and a half thou­sand dol­lars to you? As­sum­ing gas drops in price by half, is it worth 2250 dol­lars?

Y’know, that num­ber both­ered me so I de­cided to check. Are the an­nual gas ex­penses re­ally \$4,500?

Let’s see. An av­er­age Amer­i­can car drives some­where around 12,000 miles per year. A con­tem­po­rary sedan run­ning on gas goes for around 30 miles per gal­lon (EPA com­bined num­bers). This means that a car burns about 400 gal­lons of gas per year. I filled up yes­ter­day for \$3.15 per gal­lon, but let’s say the av­er­age cur­rent price is \$3.25. 400 * \$3.25 = \$1,300 per year. This is the av­er­age an­nual gas ex­pense.

And if you buy a small (still ICE) car, you can get gas mileage up to about 40 mpg, I think. For such a car the an­nual costs of gas would be be­low a thou­sand dol­lars.

Where does your \$4,500 num­ber come from?

• Uhm.. That looks a heck of a lot like the rea­son­ing I used, ex­cept I did some­thing stupid with im­pe­rial/​met­ric con­ver­sion, and then it didn’t trig­ger any “That must be a mis­take” bells be­cause gas in these parts is 2 dol­lars.. per liter. Why can’t you use met­ric like ev­ery­one else? ;)

• be­cause gas in these parts is 2 dol­lars.. per liter

This is the case of your gov­ern­ment be­ing greedy, not of gasoline be­ing in­trin­si­cally ex­pen­sive :-P

Why can’t you use met­ric like ev­ery­one else? ;)

The US is spe­cial—haven’t you heard of the Amer­i­can Ex­cep­tion­al­ism doc­trine? X-D