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Former president George H.W. Bush jumps on the Volt bandwagon

The Chevrolet Volt has been battered and bruised over the course of the past six months. The vehicle has weathered an NHTSA investigation into fires, attacks from the members of the media, and production slowdowns. However, General Motors is now touting that the plug-in hybrid had its best sales ever during the month of March.
According to Bloomberg, over 2,000 Volts were sold during the month, surpassing the previous high of 1,529 units in December 2011. GM also claims that it sold over 100,000 vehicles during the month that have an EPA rating of 30 mpg or better. Rather conveniently, GM only cites the highway rating instead of the combined rating to reach that 100,000 figure -- the EPA combined rating takes into account both city and highway fuel economy and is closer to what most drivers will see in the real world.
"GM's strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "Three years ago, about 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway. Today, that number is about 40 percent, and we have more new fuel-economy leaders on the way."

Former President George H.W. Bush bought a new Chevy Volt for his son, Neil Bush
In other Volt news, former Republican President George H.W. Bush bought a Chevrolet Volt. Fox News reports that the former president bought his son, Neil Bush, a Volt for his birthday.
In February, current President Barack Obama promised that he would buy a Chevrolet Volt once he leaves office. "Five years from now when I'm not president anymore, I'll buy one and drive it myself," said President Obama in a speech to members of the United Auto Workers in late February.
The Chevrolet Volt has a base MSRP of $39,145 before a $7,500 tax credit and can travel for up to 36 miles on battery power alone.

Sources: Bloomberg, Fox News, General Motors

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RE: volt
By KCjoker on 4/3/2012 5:33:27 PM , Rating: 2
I just want more info on how the electricity is produced that the Volt relies on. It's got to be a lot from coal which is heavy pollution.

RE: volt
By Keeir on 4/3/2012 7:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't you take a little look at

This government site maintains tons of data about electricity.

For example, ~39% of US power is currently supplied via Coal.

But a large question to view is where you view the electricity as coming from?

Do you view it as coming from a baseload? from the averages? from an marginal source? When do you plan on pluging in and where?

Californina through the maintains a good website for this type of data. But its all relatively confusing.

When you demand 1 kWh of electricity from your wall, your are in demanding 1.35 kWh of Coal and .64 kWh of Natural Gas be burned and .23 kWh of Nuclear and .14 kWh of Renewables to be produced. This is a total of ~2.4 kWh of resources for each 1 kWh demanded. That's equal to a ~53 MPG car. Of course that based on efficieny. If you talking CO2 "pollution", then the US power grid is similiar to a 60 MPG car. If you talking real forms of pollution like NOx, etc. Then most electric cars range from ~35 MPG cars to 125 MPG cars without localization effects.

The net end is that to have an "electric" car be worse than the best traditional cars like the Cruze Eco, you need to

A. Live in an area with High Coal Power Usage
B. Live in an area with Old Power Plants
C. Have a Power company that will not use NG as the "new" demand tool
D. Live in an area where power plants are located close to population centers

While there are states that meet A-D, the vast majority of the US population doesn't have the above criteria. For more than 50% of the US population, an electric car is better in every way than a Strong Hybrid. More than ~90% of the US its better than even economy oriented tradational ICE cars.

RE: volt
By RepublicansAreTheProblem on 4/3/2012 8:50:35 PM , Rating: 1
Interesting math you have there. You do realize Oil Refineries are one of the largest consumers of electricity in America don't you? Or do you think that oil is just sucked out of the ground and straight into your gas tank?

This calculation shows that 1 gallon of gas uses more electricity than the equivalent of direct electricity to move the car the same distance. That is not even taking into account the energy to get the oil out of the ground and to the refinery and all the greenhouse gas emissions that are non-existant with direct electric.

Oh and there is the fact (which any 1st year engineering student can tell you) that large stationary generation plants are far more efficient than 1000's of cars driving around burning fuel. Also taking into account transmission losses.

RE: volt
By Keeir on 4/4/2012 12:25:08 AM , Rating: 3
Blah Blah Blah Blah.

That Peder is not really a great source. The worst part, the Argonne National Laboratory (a Plug-in car "advocate") has already done alot of the work

A refinary uses alot of NATURAL GAS. To produce Hydrogen used during the actual process. And as a heating source. It uses very little actual electricity.

Now, I imagine that ANL didn't take into account the offices used to support the refinary. The ANL study focuses directly on the refinary. Now, where was that taken into account for electrical production? I didn't. I don't have that data.

The data I have is feedstocks and production.

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