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Even War and Rumors of War Can't Save Chevy Volt

charles_v Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 4:17 AM
Ok, here's a plan 1. establish standardized recharging outlet for electric vehicles with an alternate of 115VAC standard plug. vehicle can plug into either, 115VAC limited to low charge rate of 10 AMPS. 2. government provide funding for recharge centers at worksites, retail centers. home chargers still available, having a commute destination charger will double the commute range. 3, get rid of the volt, bring back the EV1. getting rid of the gas engine will lower the cost and complexity of the vehicle, make it an electric vehicle, not a hybrid. 4. suggest bringing back saturn hybrid cars.
scott s. Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:00 PM
If you want a straight electric, you can always get a Leaf or Tesla.
Bernard83 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 8:14 AM
I detect gubmint intervention in your plan. Therefore it will never work.
Ron4594 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 8:04 AM
hvogel Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:58 AM
The problems with rechargeable electric cars extend far beyond the auto industry. Have you even considered whether the national power grid would be able to handle the increased load a switch to rechargeable cars would entail? Here's a quote from Canada on the subject:

"Electric vehicles require large amounts of electricity – so much that Toronto Hydro chief Anthony Haines says he doesn’t know how he’d get it. “If you connect about 10 per cent of the homes on any given street with an electric car, the electricity system fails,” he said recently."

I suspect Canada's power grid is no worse than ours (and very possibly better). No carbon tax will ever fix that problem.
Rich L. Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 9:04 AM
Have you seen those mindless commercials for the volt, where they talk about how little they go the the gas station. They don't seem to acknowledge that their electric bill is up by hundreds every month.
Jay Wye Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 9:56 AM
figure on 12 KWH charge per night,for 30 days,that's 360 KWH.
At my current rates including taxes,that would be an extra $60 a month,more than doubling my monthly bill.
Dan107 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:07 AM
Charles, don't forget to open up a fire fighting substation on the corner in each neighbourhood. Also open up specifically modified landfills that don't leak chemicals and leads into groundwater in order to dispose of the dead batteries in a safe manner.
Rock Strongo Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 5:56 AM
I've got a better plan: It's called "Let the Free Market Work"

Then companies will produce what consumers actually want, as determined by what they are willing to pay for with their own money. And we won't be taxed to subsidize Obama's adventures in venture capital (which don't ever seem to pan out), or forced to kick in 10k for George Clooney's vanity car he drives to the Oscars.

A new Congressional Budget Office report tells Obama what the rest of us have known for some time: Your bet on electric cars wasn’t an investment, but a gamble; a dumb gamble.

And now you’ve just come up snake eyes.

“Despite the federal government pumping $7.5 billion into the electric vehicle industry in the United States through 2019,” writes the CSMonitor.com, “overall national gasoline consumption is unlikely to be significantly affected, according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).”

The CBO says that even if Obama increased the amount of the subsidy, it would make little...

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