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Read this http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/automobiles/how-green-are-electric-cars-depends-on-where-you-plug-in.html?_r=1&hp
Posted at 09:09 AM in Car Fury | Permalink
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Based on highway mileages (44 Volt, 42 Jetta Diesel) the Jetta would use 11 gallons more a year (at 10,000 miles/year) and no electricity at night.
The Jetta costs (MSRP) $8,800 *less* than the Volt. Even with the Federal subsidy for the Volt, it would take 31 years to save the difference in gas ($4/gal).
Assuming that Co2 is the worst possible thing ever, does 365 evenings of coal-powered recharging release more or less Co2 than 11 gallons of diesel?
Gordon C |
April 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM
To add insult to injury, many feel the Volt is homely too. Sort of looks like three different teams were assigned to design front/middle/back and weren't allowed to compare notes.
April 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
This article points out that an electric car burns coal for power-- if that's where the electricity comes from.
Of course, far too much practical environmentalism is really just relocating the pollution to somebody else's back yard. An electric vehicle is excellent for this; you can have a nice clean car in SoCal and the pollution is emitted in one of those honkin' huge coal fired power plants in Nevada that I seem to remember driving past last time I drove out that way-- which was a long, long time ago, so if I'm wrong, I'll gladly let you correct me. "See me, I don't pollute!" And the smoke darkens the sky a hundred miles away.
April 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Angelo, Do you remember the Ford "World Car" of the 90s (I think) maybe the Mondeo? They tried to build a car for all markets. Your description of the Volt reminded me of the late 90s Taurus with its square front but round aft.
Gordon C |
April 18, 2012 at 09:21 AM
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