Mr. Nysschen, who prefers clean
a speech at the National Press Club on Monday blasting the U.S.
government's decision to back electric vehicles by funding EV
research and offering EV makers loans according to the Detroit
News. Ignoring the profitability
of Tesla Motors, he insists that electric vehicles cannot be
viable in the near terms and accused the U.S. government of "falling
in love" with electric vehicles at its citizens'
States Mr. Nysschen, "The 50 percent or so price
increase that the Volt represents over a similar gasoline car cannot
be offset through the savings from reduced fuel compensation. The
only way to offset the extreme premium is through taxpayer-funded
He's referring to the $7,500
tax credit the U.S. government is offering citizens who buy
electric vehicles. The credit essentially brings down the price
of ownership for the Volt from an estimated $40,000 USD to a more
manageable $32,500 USD. He complains, "Paying customers to
drive your cars is not sustainable."
He prefers for the
government to avoid intervention, a scenario in which he envisions
clean diesel vehicles reigning victorious. He opines, "I
understand why political leaders have fallen in love with hybrids and
electrics. But this may be the one time you'll hear someone in
Washington say it shouldn't be a monogamous relationship."
points out that America could cut off all its oil importation from
Saudi Arabia if only a third of Americans switched to diesel
vehicles. He describes, "America would save 1.5 million
barrels of oil a day. I make no apologies for being the world's
biggest diesel advocate."
U.S. President Barrack Obama,
however, remains a firm supporter of electric vehicles and hybrids as
the route to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and foreign oil
consumption. He argues that the issue is of importance to
national security and points out that many groundbreaking
technologies in the U.S. -- such as the railroad system -- came at a
steep initial cost to the U.S. government in terms of land or grant
As for Audi, the company as a whole is looking at
electric vehicles. However, half of the company's lineup sold
in Europe is diesel-driven, so it's clear where the automaker's
sympathies lie. In the States, the Audi A3 TDI is one of two
clean diesels sold by the company. The A3 TDI won
green car of the year honors at the 2009 LA Auto Show.
One thing that President Obama and Mr. Nysschen agree on is
the need to improve fleet efficiencies to combat
climate change and reduce fuel costs for customers.
Automakers are currently struggling to meet incoming fuel economy
mandates that will require fleetwide
fuel economy of 34.1 mpg by 2016.
quote: Why does the government reward stupidity?
quote: For individuals that choose to commute long distances
quote: If we want to encourage the purchase of more fuel efficient vehicles, then why not simply increase the federal tax on gasoline? A
quote: Just because cleaner energy cost more doesn't mean we shouldn't develop it.
quote: Another well paid corporate head honcho trying to squeeze every penny he can from old technology and rack in money from corporate sponsors. SICK!!!
quote: It's about conserving our environment and our natural resources.
quote: There does not exist an 'invisible hand' that magically guides the market toward a favorable direction, based on what 'the people' want.
quote: I've met your type before
quote: Your type either didn't progress past principles of macro or micro, went to...
quote: have been downsized a bit (for those who choose a car rather than big truck or SUV)
quote: There is a simple solution to our oil consumption if you wish to decrease it. Buy a smaller car, drive less, plan your trips, and be less of a consumer in general remembering that personal vehicle fuel is only a fraction of the total oil consumed.
quote: I am also surprised as long as car manufacturers have been making gasoline engine vehicles, the technology as far as fuel efficiency hasn't brought us to a vehicle that ran on gas & got 40-50 mps, that actually look good, drives well too. That Prius is one of the ugliest cars I have ever seen. No-way would I buy one of those.
quote: the technology as far as fuel efficiency hasn't brought us to a vehicle that ran on gas & got 40-50 mps, that actually look good, drives well too.
quote: Most Americans don't own or buy hybrids.
quote: Blame who you want, Republicans & Dems have had decades to do something, so I don't expect any fixes soon.
quote: I for one applaud the push to get off of oil NOW while we still have some time. It might be a little painful now as far as cost but it will payoff down the road.
quote: I for one applaud the push to get off of oil NOW while we still have some time.