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The U.S. wants to buy the first 100 Chevy Volts that GM produces.
The government is a big fan of GM's new electric vehicle

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RE: Govt to buy the first 100
By Keeir on 4/2/2010 5:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and then theres the fact that the plug in hybrid cars are no cleaner since you have a 50% chance of getting your power from a coal plant anyway.

Given the current grid of the US, on average across the entire US, a Plug-in Car releases 30%+ less "real" emissions and 50%+ less C02 per mile than the best availible strong Hybrid, a Toyota Prius.

Even in the rare situation where your power is 100% Legacy Coal (West Virgina is 98%), an Electric Plug-In still emits less C02 per mile at the exchange of slight increase in some real pollutions such as Particle and NOx. However, the trade-off is that electric car is not shoving the pollution right now the throats of the people that live/walk/etc right next to the road.

In West Coast States, such as Washington, where Hydro and Nuclear make up large percentages of the power and Coal is small, the advantages become.... very significant.

Multiply that by 100 and you get 1500 bucks a day that they are spending to drive vehicles that are no cleaner than your average Denali or Yukon which they could drive for less than 5 bucks a day.

5 bucks a day? Only if you drive less than 20 miles!

BTW 5 dollars of electricity at the National Average Retail Home Rate (~11 cents) is enough to push the average electric car over 150 miles. Good luck though on trying to prove that somehow a Denali is cheaper to operate per mile than any electric car.

RE: Govt to buy the first 100
By whiskerwill on 4/3/2010 1:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
a Plug-in Car releases 50%+ less C02 per mile
Who gives a crap? It doesn't do anything anyway.

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