First of all I accept that fact that I may get "heckled" by bringing up the idea of a gas scooter in this forum, but just bear with me for a moment.
I am trying to decide between to scooters that I believe meet my needs. One is a gas scooter and the other is an electric scooter.
I am a handicapped person that walks with a cane, so two wheeled scooters are pretty much out of the question since the need to hold them up with my legs. I therefore have researched "trikes" and have narrowed it down to two vehicles.
What I need is some comments/suggestions as to why I should buy the electric one (I am leaning that way, although the price difference is hard to ignore). Of course if you have other suggestions feel free to advise. So far these are the two that seem to have the styling that I like and would do the job.
I live 1 mile from my work and I need to use some local streets during the day to get lunch. The commute to work is all on residential streets (25MPH), but the local streets from work to lunch would be on 35MPH streets (cars routinely exceed the speed limit).
The two "trikes" are the EVT trike and a Gekgo trike (150cc 4 stroke).
max speed: 30mph (little worried about faster traffic)
range: 30 miles (advertised)
this would be purchased at greenrides which is not far from my home.
max speed: 45mph (would need to get motorcycle license).
mpg: 100-155 (advertised)
This would be purchased at a florida dealer (I live in Calif).
Either of these would be allowing an 18mpg van to sit idle.
By my calculations over the course of 5000 miles, the van would use ~278 gallons of gas, the Gekgo trike would use 50 gallons of gas and of course the EVT wouldn't use any gas at all. This means that the EVT would only save an additional 50 gallos of gas versus the Gekgo.
I really want to go "green", but how do I justify such a large price difference?
Any comments are greatly appreciated.