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High Voltage Politics, Life and Times of the Electric Car

Oilprice.com -- Expensive to buy, cheaper to operate and of course friendlier to the environment, the electric car is traveling a bumpy road globally, with the added barrier of a bit of high-voltage politics Stateside – the toll it must pay for its bailout bounty.

Gas prices and environmental concerns have boosted electric car sales, but the issue of bailouts for the auto industry is now coming back to haunt them. One car in particular, the Chevy Volt, has been the subject of partisan politics and election campaigning - publicity that could help make or break its success.


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Submitted May 02, 2012 By: NOTSOGRN
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Quick68
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:33:41 PM

Only the government & the auto maker will say it's cheaper to operate.
afghaned
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:30:51 PM

These vehicles are not for the majority of consumers. All electric need to greatly improve & come down in price.
HappyJoe712
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:30:34 PM

blah
PetroScopper
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:23:09 PM

I honestly do not believe that partisan politics will be able stop progress. It is too bad that this country have so many uninformed or just stupid people. However, growth and progress will push forward despite ignorance and greed.
PetroScopper
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:23:07 PM

I honestly do not believe that partisan politics will be able stop progress. It is too bad that this country have so many uninformed or just stupid people. However, growth and progress will push forward despite ignorance and greed.
adgam
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:22:45 PM

kk
vegan_power
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:21:43 PM

shocking!
Retowered
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:17:43 PM

Time will tell.
Hoporrene
Veteran Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:02:40 PM

$$$$
animal_rights
Sophomore Author Hartford

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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:02:01 PM

cool
btex49
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:00:31 PM

Still reading about the Chevy Volt... Wow... how electrifying...
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:56:28 PM

These are electric tin cans, not cars.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:56:04 PM

An EC is not for me.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:50:37 PM

Oh my, good I was not interested.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:49:39 PM

Why don't they address the issues with EVs? Toxic batteries and electricity generated from the same old polluting utility companies.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:49:39 PM

DIY BEVs are cheaper to make, and are good enough for 80-90% of daily uses. They cost less in the long run.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:46:32 PM

VH,
10k
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:43:01 PM

steel penny:

i agree-let's hear it for the 12 volt battery, connected to an ethanol free ICE..

[Edited by: 10k at 5/2/2012 1:43:36 AM EST]
SteelPenny
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:40:05 PM

Let's go 12-volt gasoline engines.
76chevy
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:39:11 PM

Cheaper now, but obama is shutting down coal power plants in favor of more expensive "green energy" and shipping coal to Asia! We lose.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:39:07 PM

Thanks for posting this article!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:38:09 PM

They are expensive to buy and not so cheap to operate. Have you looked at your electric bill lately? How much does the EV save in polution if electric power plants use fossil fuels? What are the emissions of electric motors and batteries? This sounds more like a case of government intrusion than environment friendly.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:36:44 PM

They're not realistic vehicles without subsidies, even then, they suck.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:35:13 PM

VOLT, not for me.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:33:01 PM

Insert some vacuous no-no comment from Obama Derangement Syndrome ditto monkey; but Osama is dead, GM is alive, and Seamus the dog is tied to the roof of Willard's Mercedes Benz.
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:31:57 PM

N5EXY... RE-VOLT, nice. I like that!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:31:25 PM

The environment is not why I would drive one. I like the idea of driving a super-quiet car that doesn't need an oil change, gas fill-up, or spark plugs.

Develop better batteries to extend the range and convert gas stations to have quick charge centers and this is a great idea.

[Edited by: MetroSexual at 5/2/2012 1:33:52 AM EST]
comprof
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:28:56 PM

Government control of our lives.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:28:47 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:28:15 PM

diesel
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:27:28 PM

I’m hearing good things about the Volt, unless I’m watching FOX. Since I believe everything they say, I’m waiting on buying one of these or getting a used Peacock
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:26:14 PM

EV's will not make it in the long run, there better options
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:24:49 PM

Shocking. Vote nope and change. Re-volt.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:24:37 PM

Time will tell
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:22:02 PM

a expensive golf cart
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:20:11 PM

And the story goes ...
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:19:34 PM

A stupid failed idea from a stupid failed government administration.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:18:54 PM

The only reason these cars are cheaper to operate is due to subsidized electric rates and the failure of the feds and state legislatures to impose mileage taxes in lieu of gasoline taxes. They can never pay their own way.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:18:33 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:17:57 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:17:10 PM

It's all politics
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:16:44 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:15:01 PM

No thanks! I will keep driving my nice big comfortable truck!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:14:02 PM

They need to bring the price down of electric cars and especially need to down the battery price and up its efficiency.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:10:20 PM

Not for me.
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All obozo claims that we know are false. Call it the obozo car-GM one.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:05:38 PM

fry the volt
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:04:54 PM

not wallet friendly,the ones who can really use it cant afford them
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:04:52 PM

Ugh!
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Rare
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