Lithium batteries are very sensitive to heat, and degrade quickly in
high temperatures. In the summer, the Chevy Volt may very well get 40
miles per charge, at the expense of battery life, and high-capacity
lithium battery packs are VERY expensive.
Other problems include the fact that China currently controls most of
the world supply of lithium deposits, and also controls most lithium
battery production. If electric cars do catch on, we will replace our
dependence on Arab oil with dependence on Chinese lithium. At
present, the U.S. electrical grid can't handle the load of tens of
millions of electric cars charging at the same time, and even if it is
upgraded, new power plants will have to be built to supply all the
electricity. The idea that a few windmills and solar panels can
produce enough electricity to power national transportation is pure
fantasy, so the power will come from coal, natural gas, and nuclear.
One final thing to consider is that the U.S. has no coherent national
energy policy, meaning we are unlikely to get the new grids or power
plants we need for electric cars. For example, thanks to the drilling
technique known as "frakking," the U.S. has a huge surplus of natural
gas, and several terminals are under construction to liquefy the gas
for export. Rather than using this natural gas to power vehicles or
generate electricity, we are going to sell it to China, and use the
money to buy even more oil from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela. We
let the energy companies destroy the U.S. environment while drilling
for gas, and we still wind up being dependent on foreign oil. This is
so outrageous it should be criminal.
The cost of electricity in CT is hovering around $0.25 a KWH, so cost
savings is virtually nil for this vehicle. Add to that that 50% of
electrical generation in this country is generated through burning
coal, the carbon footprint savings are marginal, at best. A hybrid
makes much more sense.
Average KWH cost in the U.S. is 12 cents.
Nobody really cares about how "clean" the GM VOLT is.
Except for CT residents, nobody cares that people are stuck in CT.
Coal plants aren't a problem as long as the prevailing westerlies
continue to drop most of the acid rain on the libs in CT.
GM is a right wing company.
As you can see from the above electric rate chart, their target market
isn't the left-wing "Blue" states with high electric rates.
Their main goal with the Volt is to piss off the lib suckers in CT and
other "Blue" states who are paying high electric costs by making them
jealous when they see a Volt, and turn them into supporters of nuke
Then with more nuke plants they will sell even more Volts.
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