What do you mean by Battery Depredation?
Most importantly, I know this is subjective, but come on, The Volt looking BETTER then the Fusion?!?!? The Volt looks like a dressed up econo box, while the Fusion looks like an Aston Martin!!!! ;-)
Though giving 10 points to appearance while also giving cost only 10 points. I would have cost worth at least 20 points, and overall cost (purchase price, insurance cost, operating costs (fuel/electricity).
Maybe it was hard to read but it is supposed to say Battery Degradation.
In my situation, my roundtrip commute is 50 miles. With the Volt, I can do a round trip on one charge. With the Fusion, I'll end up charging twice a day, once at home and once at work. So overtime, the Fusion would wear down twice as fast and on top of that I read on the forums here to expect somewhere between 10-15% degradation for about 40k miles which means more gas over time. In addition, I live where summers average typically in the 90's - 100 degrees, so I know this may also play into degradation. in reviewing the volt forums, battery degradation didn't seem to be as big an issue, so because of those two items that is why I scored it that way.
As for the looks, I really do like the look of both and would be happy with both. Actually, I accidently flipped the two scores so the fusion was supposed to be a 10 and the Volt was a 9. Not a big deal though because they are essentially a tie when I factor everything. So the test drive will really be the decision maker for me. And as for cost, I think I can get a Fusion cheaper and with better financing so that is why I have it scored that way.
Update on the insurace conversation that was going on. After calling CSAA on the west coast, they quoted me the following:
2016 Volt LT - $778 per year (MSRP $34k)
2016 Fusion Energi Titanium - $851 per year (MSRP $39K, though I hope I can negotiate down to $34K)
2015 Focus Electric - $788 per year (MSRP 30K)
The insurance company said these were rough estimates and that using VIN numbers is more precise because it will capture all the safety features. Anyway, that is the update on the insurance.
Edited by geohec, 14 August 2015 - 07:17 AM.