Bob Lutz, FedEx CEO Cite National Security as Reason to "Go Electric" with Volt, Leaf
April 17, 2012 6:21 PM
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Bob Lutz and his pals tout the benefits of domestic oil production, electric vehicles
The last time we visited commentary from former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, he was
firing back against the "Right-Wing Media"
for its assault on the
. Lutz was a huge proponent of the Volt while at GM, and he helped spearhead the development of the gasoline/plug-in electric vehicle.
Now, in another column for
magazine (written in conjunction with FedEx CEO Fredrick Smith, and U.S. Marines commandants General P.X. Kelley and General James Conway), Lutz is switching gears slightly to tout the positive benefits of oil independence and electric vehicles instead of attacking the "attackers".
Lutz and his posse argue that moving to vehicles that are more efficient or rely solely on electricity for power will boost the United States' national security. In addition, U.S. military manpower and financial resources are being strained to protect vital oil distribution points around the globe.
From a national security perspective, the U.S. military is forced to protect the world’s vital oil infrastructure… Protection of the sea lanes of commerce has become an American burden and will remain so, costing the United States Treasury an estimated $80 billion per year while taxing our military, which is already engaged on multiple fronts.
“Lutz and Friends” go on to say that the U.S. needs to produce more oil domestically (to isolate the country from global oil price spikes) while at the same time moving the U.S. transportation sector away from oil dependency. "The only way to fundamentally solve this problem is to break oil’s stranglehold on the transportation sector, which accounts for 70 percent of the total oil consumed by the United States and relies on oil for 94 percent of its fuel," states the quartet.
As we reported nearly a year ago, Frederick Smith is definitely onboard with
reducing our “addition” to foreign oil
in an effort to boost the domestic economy. And like Lutz, Smith is hip to the idea of
electrifying America’s transportation sector
Chevrolet Volt enjoying a dip in the pool with the ladies. [Source: TECHVEHI]
Not surprisingly, the column throws a shout-out to the two primary players in the electric car market: the Chevrolet Volt and the
Regarding electrification, the beauty of plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf is that they are powered by electricity, which can be generated from many sources: nuclear, coal, natural gas, and renewables. Best yet, these are all domestic energy sources, meaning OPEC won’t be able to corner the market. And the retail price of electricity is far less volatile that the price of oil.
It seems inevitable that electrification will by the end game for vehicles in the future, but the question is
should the government be footing the bill to jumpstart the process
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RE: Lutz a good guy but wrong about EVs
4/18/2012 8:17:48 AM
Except, we're not really pissing away OUR reserves, are we? We're pissing away the Middle East reserves, as well as the North Sea and Venezuelan reserves, but very little of the US reserves.
Maybe we're not as think as you dumb we are, eh?
So far as the whole question of electric vehicles and national security, I would ask Mr. Lutz where he's getting the rare earth minerals to make his electric motors? China, more than likely? And where does that fit into the national security picture, especially when China decides to finally cut off the rest of the world by stopping exports of rare earth minerals??
Sorry, but both you and Mr Lutz are WRONG.
RE: Lutz a good guy but wrong about EVs
4/18/2012 10:13:57 AM
Ding ding we have a winner. You don't pillage your own reserves first. Honestly gas is expensive, but it isn't really there yet for us to tap our own.
This is if you even believe there is a supply constraint. Most experts agree there really isn't one. If anything the biggest constraint is refinery capacity at the moment.
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