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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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N5EXY
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:06:05 PM

Ups and downs on the sine wave of alternating current. ReVolting.
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Ahking
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:40:42 PM

Helps to accelerate the trend.
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DOS
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:14:31 AM

“The problem with conservatives is getting them to accept that an electric vehicle is not necessarily a left-wing environmental plot,” Politico quoted [GM Chairman Bob Lutz] as saying"

Quite So, Bob!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:12:31 AM

Hopefully..,
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Time will tell!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 2:56:55 AM

Shocking - Ha Ha!
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Shocking!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 2:21:28 AM

alright
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:53:41 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:53:40 AM

They can make anything a political battle.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:46:18 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:43:56 AM

Hasn't been around long enough to add maintenance issues.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:40:43 AM

Please... consider the media source!
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FMREALTOR
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:40:37 AM

would not own one
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ok
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:38:55 AM

so?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:37:56 AM

You have to have a huge trunk for the 100 mile cord.

[Edited by: rahcat at 5/2/2012 5:38:26 AM EST]
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:37:49 AM

"Of course friendlier to the environment" until the toll on the electric grid and battery disposal start becoming issues as more are sold.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:35:50 AM

A fool and his money ...
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:34:57 AM

the chevy volt was developed a few years before the goverment take over of GM and Chrysler.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:34:18 AM

ho hum... still on the sidelines with this one.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:34:01 AM

Should be Obama's only means of transportation, that would slow the pos down.........
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:34:01 AM

it will sell once the price gets down to where it should be and battery life inproves
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:33:52 AM

I wonder if all the love from Washington has anything to do with these vehicles being run by DC
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:29:31 AM

Just for around town is all these vehicles are intended for at the moment.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:27:22 AM

friendlier to the environment……

Depends on where the electricity comes from and let's not forget the battery materials!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:27:06 AM

Noted.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:27:02 AM

nuts!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:26:56 AM

Wonder what it'll be like if gas prices were lower?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:26:55 AM

$41,000 before subsidy. For a hybrid.

Don't forget they get the $7,500 taxpayers subsidy.

Let the greenies spend their own money, not taxpayers money.

Let the greenies walk. Let them freeze. Let them go broke. Let them go first.

Green is red.

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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:24:36 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:24:20 AM

second time in 110 years
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:22:09 AM

With basically no infrastructure to support them they still aren't suited for cross country driving.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:22:04 AM

well,,ok,,vroom---vroom
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:21:53 AM

Better on the environment? Have you ever read what it takes to make the batteries, and the amount of energy to make them, transport the materials...to China because they are to toxic to be made in the US.
Come'on people just because you, as an owner, think you're making a difference driving an electric car doesn't mean that producing the cars isn't harming the environment somewhere.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:21:44 AM

To much $$$ for me!!!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:15:28 AM

The only thing I could use one of these for would be to drive to the store or post office. I believe a golf cart would be cheaper.

Would not help me with my business.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:15:18 AM

Costs to much.
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till i can FUEL up anywhere it wont work
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...EVs are only as clean as the coal fired power plants that feed them...
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Better for the environment? Based on wind, solar power?
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Overpriced and out of the average person's price range.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:07:03 AM

Not yet...Cost to much
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:05:59 AM

With that kind of cost. Ah, no thanks.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:05:46 AM

Prices gotta come down!
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Overpriced!!!
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ok
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 12:52:57 AM

Even WITH subsidies, the car does not make a lot of economic sense for most people. And in some circles, the subsidies are toxic.

No clown cars for me.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 12:47:50 AM

ok.
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Ppl electricity is mostly made from coal.
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