Source: Automotive News
quote: I do have a Volt and in my first year I used 2.4 gal of gas.
quote: I propose a special tax on whatever niche you fit into. :)
quote: ...if I buy a Volt, I'm paying a much higher tax/tag fee to the state DOT every year than a comparably sized vehicle, thus at least leveling the playing field on how much money gets applied (in theory) toward road maintenance.
quote: Oil companies do not get directly subsidized, that's just a slogan for liberals. They do get tax breaks, like EVERY OTHER business.
quote: First off the two aren't even comparable. You're talking about tax breaks to an industry that brings in billions in taxes to the supply side policy of a tax credit for picking a certain car. Also thanks to the bailout terms, GM doesn't pay ANY taxes for 10 years. I think that's enough of a tax break, don't you?
quote: EVs prevent US dollars from going to other countries for oil
quote: produce far less climate changing CO2
quote: increase peace and decrease military expenditures
quote: directly increase US employment in manufacturing and retail.
quote: EVs don't require Rare Earth Metals. The Tesla Model S will have next to no rare earth metals. On top of that, Australia, Canada and the US all have large assests of rare earth metals.
quote: typical C segement car using standard ICE technology will produce 40.3 tons of CO2 over 150,000 miles. A C segement EV will produce 19.5 tones.
quote: As for the mining of this material... when you can push the environmentalists aside, using US assets may be a viable option... but until then, our automobile energy will be imported just the same.
quote: Except, you left out the carbon footprint of just creating the battery in your quote! Try reading the rest of the article and read the chart.
quote: "The report, being released as part of the LowCVP Annual Conference 2011 on 9 June, highlights the increasing importance of accounting for whole life carbon emissions to compare the greenhouse gas emissions of low carbon vehicles. The study found that some of the CO2 savings made during the use of low carbon vehicles is offset by increased emissions created during their production, and to a lesser extent, disposal."
quote: 22 lbs is about 4 gallons of gas. GOSH! Oh Noes! We switched 100s of gallons of gas for 22 lbs of material!
quote: Friend, I've bolded the whole problem with your reading of these studies. Some not all.
quote: Currently manufactured EV operate on batteries that must be replaced after as soon as three years of use.
quote: Now let's see how the GM/electric car/alternative-fuel/Obama haters try to spin it otherwise.
quote: We will never get rid off our middle east problem until we have energy independence.
quote: So terrorists are going to stop attacking us and our buddies because we're energy independent? Really?
quote: Do you see much hostility between Fiji and the middle east? Why not? because they don't bother each other.
quote: Obama's plan is to drill more (US is drilling more now than ever)
quote: Every republican candidate has come out against the Volt and alternative fuels (like Algae fuel).