Monday, December 2, 2019

Comparison of larger EVs on price, range, and storage capacity

Some friends found these quick charts helpful, so I thought I'd share them here on the blog.

Basically, with a family which enjoys outdoor sports in BC, we are keeping our eyes open for an electric vehicle that has a reasonably large range, can haul our sports gear, and which is somewhat affordable.  We currently drive (and LOVE) our 2016 Nissan Leaf, though the range leaves much to be desired - it's shown in the graphs below for reference.

Given that a Teslas have incredibly long warranties and given the ability to add Autopilot, this purchase seems like it could be our "forever car" and so might be worth spending more money on.

Our options in the next couple of years seem to be:
  • Tesla Model S    (available)
  • Tesla Model ≡ (3; available)
  • Tesla Model X   (available)
  • Tesla Model Y   (2020)
  • Tesla Cybertruck (2022)
  • Mustang Mach-e (2021)

How do they compare on Price, Range, and Storage Capacity?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

At home on the road

This summer, after leaving Kenya, we took a ~5 month road trip with the goal of picking a new home city!  This research included career options, lifestyle, and lots of time with family and friends after 4 years abroad.

We lived off of a portion of our savings -- less than you'd think!  While we were mostly frugal, we had one big expense: We bought an amazing used Mercedes/Dodge Sprinter camper van that we love, and hope to keep for a long time!  (Note, we did not embrace the popular "VanLife" and advertise on social media the products which paid us most.)

Here's a walkthrough of the van:

We spent:

  • Roughly 150 nights on the road, at 62 different spots (2.5 days / spot on average).
  • Roughly an average of only $14 per day in accommodation (=$430/mo), including 117 nights of $0, and a couple of necessary fancy hotel visits.
  • Roughly half the nights sleeping in the van itself, and half either tent camping or staying in friends' guest beds (thanks, friends!).

During our road trip, we:

  • Traveled ~12,000 miles, at ~21 mpg of diesel.
  • Hiked many days, swam many creeks, kitesurfed, and star gazed.
  • Visited countless local, State, and National Parks - a huge draw to North America for us.

When it comes to career & work:

  • I  had 50+ meetings with startups, investors, accelerators discerning my next career step.
  • I had ~30 consultations with startups that I advise; most by phone.
  • Meagan worked part time through the summer, and tried various coworking spaces for possible future offices.

What we learned:

  • We visited and had many, many conversations with residents of towns we visited, whether existing friends and new acquaintances. The overwhelming, vast majority were in their town/city as a consequence of a career move.
  • We paid attention to gender attitudes in the cities we visited, and while the west coast is definitely the "left" coast, we noticed a large portion of the child-rearing responsibilities fell on women, even in otherwise progressive families.
  • We confirmed that we can be happy in many places - and ultimately our decision was *not* driven by things like days of sunlight as we'd intended, but rather by deeper motivations to live a lifestyle that we believe in.
  • We also learned that we love being on the road and love our van, Kifu (short for Kifaru, meaning rhino in Swahili)!

Our most important lesson, however, was that although Denver was high on our list, we ultimately picked Vancouver, BC!  When visiting, we really connected with the city - it shares our interest in work/life balance and also a strong premium for the environment, human diversity, and compassion for global refugees and local underserved communities. Meg's a dual citizen, and has wanted to live in Canada for a while as well; I've applied for my work permit and residency.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Finance Index Card

I love the Freakanomics podcast, and recently really enjoyed their episode titled:
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask)"
You can find it here; it's totally worth a listen. 

In this episode, they introduce an idea that all this finance mumbo jumbo is allowing people to lose the forest for the trees, and that the basics really aren't that hard for the average consumer.  To illustrate this, they brought on a professor who posits all the important, basic stuff can fit on an index card.

I paused the podcast because I loved this idea, and I wanted to challenge myself to come up with an index card of my own, and see how it matched up with an index card from 'the expert.'

After spending just a couple of minutes, no cheating by googling, and re-copying for legibility, I came up with this, my index card:

Here's the expert's notecard:

And a different version, from the same expert:

Source 1 (2013) and Source 2 (2017)

Of course, as the podcast mentions, these are guidelines for most Americans. If you're totally scraping by, it may not be possible to follow all of these rules off the bat, but the point is to help prioritize what's important to you (long or short term) by writing it down. (e.g. Are movies or food more important?  Are you ready to go into debt with a mortgage?)

What am I missing that is important / common enough to make it onto an index card?  What would you throw out / ignore from my card?