I've had some very strong feedback since I revealed that my wife and I bought a Tesla. The Tesla S is an all-electric car made in California. It's a magnificent automobile, an incredible performer…and it costs a fortune.

I bought one when there was a cheaper version that no longer exists. After tax credits for buying an electric car, my net cost is a hair over $44,000.

As people have said repeatedly to me, "Who are you, and what happened to Clark?"

Because I am a thrifty person, how do I square the fact that I would spend outrageous money -- me who usually buys cars used -- to buy a brand new car that is a total luxury?

My rationale is I am obsessed with breaking our dependence on foreign oil. We've been hamstrung politically, militarily, and diplomatically because of how some foreign oil-producing nations have us over a barrel.

For me, that's why I had natural gas cars and hybrids going back to 2000. I have a blind spot about this that trumps my normal thing about money. I want to set an example, to get you to think outside the box.

Clark Howard shows off the 'frunk' of his all-electric Tesla

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Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. View More Articles

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