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posted 3/6/2012 11:38:01 AM |
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Eric Bolling (Fox Business Channel's Follow the Money) test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors.

For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.

Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.

In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.

The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity.

I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh.
16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.

$18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.

Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg.
$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.

So Obama wants us to pay 3 times as much for a car that costs more than 7 time as much to run and takes 3 times as long to drive across country.
REALLY? I would be surprised if Obama has the intelligence to tie his own shoes REALLY ?

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Mar 6 @ 12:49PM  
While the whole idea of the Volt is a "good" idea in some ways, it's still too new, and has a lot of issues that needs to be worked out.

Couple of ways the Volt is NOT good:

Lithium battery and it's disposal once it's no longer good.
Recharging battery after driving the car.
Replacement cost of the battery.

Couple of ways the Volt is good:
Cleaner air
Slightly lower cost of gas
And it's a nice looking car. (ok, I know, that really doesn't count)

I just can't see the logic in paying $46,000 on this car, or any other car...unless it's a Model T fully restored.

Mar 6 @ 7:49PM  
Damn... now that's 'shocking' news!!

Sorry, couldn't resist!!


Mar 6 @ 8:48PM  
Another big 'ole Obama stimulus.....

From what I've heard, the typical purchaser of this car makes at least $170,000
per year.
Kinda a 1%er, in my book.

And then, there is a $10,000 tax benefit or something like that.....that's paid for by
the average taxpayer.

So another Leftie example of the 99% paying for Obama's 1%

The 20 year old car I drive, when I filled up Sunday, averaged 44.8 mpg. Can't even
find that car, 'New' anymore.
Thank you Nancie, Harry, and Barry

Mar 6 @ 11:10PM  
I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh.
16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.

$1.16 per kwh seems way too much. Should be 0.116 per kwh x 10 hours to charge=$1.16 to charge battery. Chargers not being 100% efficient it would probably be 15% more or $1.33 to charge a depleted battery pack.

I still would not buy a Volt, maybe a Prius. At least it's been around for a long time and see them everywhere. Electricity to charge a plug in Volt has to come from a powerplant that uses coal or oil most likely. Not much in those batteries are recyclable. Lithium has to be mined and energy to make the batteries negates most environmental advantages of electric vehicles. Who pays for the rebates the government is giving the buyer, the damn tax payers....most of us working poor.

Mar 8 @ 8:11AM  
I think there was a math problem.

My electric is 12.526 cents/kWh, with my average service for this month at 14.1 cents/kWh
with PUC Assessment.

I think these numbers were mistakenly put as dollars.

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