Nobody wants a nuke in their back yard, mind you 50 or 90 cents a KWH
might change some heads. Probably costs more in legal and BS to build a
nuke than the plant itself.
But I agree, nules using Thorium, much safe and less costly than
uranium. But government loves high gas costs, more taxes.
Might be a lot more. $3000 for a set of batteries, installation extra
pays for 600 gallons of extra fuel. Or about 25 full fillups for my F150.
With the Volt, you also increase your electric bill. Not sure how that
will translate. But it has a cost. As are batteries needing replacign
ever 2-3 years.
When you factor in the capital costs, electric costs, repair costs and
usablity, you are not buying a Volt to save money. Better off with a
diesel Jetta or Honda Civic without the batteries.
Hard to tell. All batteries have a finite charge/discharge cycle rate
before they deteriorate. And loose the ability to hold a charge over
time and use. While new, it might go 40 miles, but in 3 years, hardly
likely. Maybe 5 or 10. I would want that deterioration spelled out in
contract for warrantee purposes.
Laptop batteries have a similar drain-recharge cycle to cars. Generally
they last about 1 or 2 years, starting out they work for 3 hours, then 2
hours, then 1 hour then 15 minutes. Lead-acid is worse, they only last
5-8 years because of the low discharge rate they usually get.
And no batteries chage well in cold weather. And fair really poorly if
used for heat. Be interesting to see how the Volt behaves in Idaho,
Montana or Minnisota...probaly liek the Smart car, it hibernates.
On Fri, 27 Nov 2009 18:48:20 -0700, Canuck57 fired up the etcha-a-sketch
and scratched out:
Um, GM and Izuzu have been making engines forever. IIRC, GM owns Izusu.
(That's how they got Joe Izusu to do those ads!)
They also supply Honda with the Passport and Acrua SLX.
They also sell (or sold) a rebadged GM-built pickup, the Colorado.
Lets do some economics here.
Volt, $40,000. Needs a $4000 (or more) battery every 3 years, just like
cell phones and laptops. TCO and maintained, $43,000 in 3 years.
Residual value is probably $5,000.
F150 - V8 with full power A/C and heat, can haul boats, loaded with
$10,000 of fuel at $6 gallon and 20mpg is about 33,000 miles of fuel.
But wait, Volt needs to tap onto your utility bill. With right of way
fees, taxes and crap, most pay 20 kwh. How much does that equate to?
Plus it needs gas.... F150 residual value in 3 years is guaranteed to
be more than the Volt.
Volt is a very high risk purchase.
If you want green and economy, get a Tata Nano. Write Obama and ask him
why you have to not only pay taxes for GM, but pay ten times the price
to be green both at the pump and your pocket. And for $3700 the Nano
even has A/C.
GM is playing Americians for suckers.
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