Electric Cars

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Electric cars might pollute much more than petrol or diesel-powered cars, according to new research.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19830232

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New study finds electric vehicles are the worst polluters in US, China, India

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2013/09/new-study-finds-electric-vehicles-are.html

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[President Obama’s] Electric Car Promise “Undoable”

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/11/29/electric-car-promise-%e2%80%9cundoable%e2%80%9d/print/

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Congressional Budget Office: Electric Cars Are A Waste Of Money

http://www.businessinsider.com/cbo-electric-cars-are-a-waste-of-money-2012-9

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Analysis finds electric cars depreciate much faster than conventional cars

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/05/05/china-not-embracing-electric-cars/2135849/

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JD Power study: Electric vehicle economics don’t pencil out

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-mo-autos-electric-vehicle-costs-20121108,0,6148904,print.story

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Chevy Volt:

Obama Volt

Building a Better Tomorrow… Tomorrow

http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=104707&article=9802691#ixzz1nF7feABi

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“… sales [of the Government Motors “Volt”] are going to be subsidized [with your money] at $7,500 per car.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/09/chevy_volt_sales_surge_to_300_a_month.html

[That’s a lot of “Change,” huh?]

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Fox Tests Volt, Runs Out Of Juice In Lincoln Tunnel

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/fox-tests-volt-runs-out-of-juice-in-lincoln-tunnel/

[Something tells me that if CNN had tested the very same car, it would have run for a week.]

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The Follies and Foibles of the Chevy Volt

http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-follies-and-foibles-of-the-chevy-volt/?print=1

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“... the US Government may be the largest buyer of the [Chevy Volt].”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/11/chevy_volts_spontaneous_combustion_or_self-immolation.html

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Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2011/12/chevrolet-volt-battery-issues-growing-safety-findings-may-have-been-suppressed.html

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Hybrid Vehicles Often Release Less Carbon Dioxide than Total Electric Vehicles

http://reason.org/news/printer/hybrid-vehicles-often-release-less

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GM Inflates Chevy Volt Stats With [taxpayer-funded] Fleet Sales

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KJhdaQO_CM

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Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle

http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16192

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Some Chevy dealers spurn Volt allocation

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120123/RETAIL07/301239977/1261

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GM temporarily halts production of Volt

http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/automobiles/213889-gm-halting-production-of-chevy-volt

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Pulling the Plug on the Chevy Volt

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/03/07/pulling-the-plug-on-the-chevy-volt/print/

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… people looking for something economical did not look at the Volt. Who did? [Government Motors] CEO Dan Akerson conceded that the average income of a Volt buyer is $170,000 annually…

http://epautos.com/2012/03/03/the-volt-sleeps-with-the-fishes/

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All that for a car the public doesn’t want but is being pushed into because lawmakers and bureaucrats think they know what’s best for everyone else.

http://news.investors.com/Article.aspx?id=603269&p=1&ibdbot=1

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Chevy Volt production to be cut in July

http://www.freep.com/article/20120403/BUSINESS01/204030339/Chevy-Volt-production-to-be-cut-in-July

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 Buyers who choose…  the Chevrolet Volt…  will likely wait…  26.6 years…  until they break even.

http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2012/04/savings-come-slowly-for-hybrid.html

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Volt sales have been boosted by California granting solo drivers of the extended-range electric vehicle access to carpool lanes.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120703/AUTO0103/207030380/1361/GM%E2%80%99s-Volt-sales-rise-in-June

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Chevy Volt Makes NO Money, Costs Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Per Car

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/seton-motley/2012/07/17/media-fail-chevy-volt-makes-gm-no-money-costs-taxpayers-hundreds-thous

Finally, on August 27, 2012, Government Motors announced this:

GM suspending Chevrolet Volt output due to slow sales

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/08/gm-suspends-chevy-volt-production-over-slow-sales/1#.UDwJsKMk00w

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Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/10/us-generalmotors-autos-volt-idUSBRE88904J20120910

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[Volt] Sales rose mostly because of [additional] discounts of almost $10,000, or 25 percent of the Volt’s sticker price [which was already several tens of thousands of dollars below the unit cost of production since]…  It costs $60,000 to $75,000 to build [each] Volt…

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/09/24/gm-offers-big-discounts-to-boost-volt-sales/?intcmp=features

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Fully 2/3s of the [Volt] sales’ were [actually] leases, leaving around 925 cars that were truly sold.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/seton-motley/2012/09/26/record-volt-sales-not-really-gm-counts-159-leases-89000-car

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Fisker:

Fisker’s Political Connections

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/283183

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Another electric car company backed by DoE loan guarantees in trouble

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/12/another_electric_car_company_backed_by_doe_loan_guarantees_in_trouble.html

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“Fisker Automotive, an electric car maker that received a half-billion-dollar loan from the federal government, said Monday that it has laid off workers in Delaware and California.”

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/02/07/fisker-announces-layoffs-as-company-misses-targets-has-doe-loans-frozen/

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We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/bad-karma–our-fisker-karma-plug-in-hybrid-breaks-down.html

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Fisker also received a $528.7 million conditional loan from [U.S. taxpayers and their children]…

http://algorelied.com/?p=4272

[I’m sure they’ll get this fixed and back on the road.  Just look at the reliability record of electric cars.]

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Fisker’s Bad Karma

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/fiskers_bad_karma.html

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More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy

http://updates.jalopnik.com/post/34669789863/more-than-a-dozen-fisker-karma-hybrids-caught-fire-and

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Delaware taxpayers increasingly on the hook as Fisker auto plant idles

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/03/delaware-taxpayers-increasingly-on-hook-as-fisker-auto-plant-idles/?test=latestnews

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The Domino Effect of Green Energy Failure

Battery-maker’s collapse leads to massive delays for electric car company

http://freebeacon.com/the-domino-effect-of-green-energy-failure/?print=1

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U.S. to exit Fisker at hefty taxpayer loss

http://archive.is/OzVuP

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The failing British electric vehicle company [Smith] that pretended to become an American one in order to save its U.K. investors has scrapped its planned initial public offering that it hoped would save it in Kansas City.

http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/09/24/taxpayer-funded-ev-company-abandons-ipo-it-thought-would-save-it

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Sales:

…many analysts expect electric vehicle sales to remain a small fraction of overall sales in the next five years…”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-57352046-54/chevy-volt-misses-first-year-sales-target/

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Battery-powered autos proving to be a tough sell

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120417/AUTO01/204170368/Battery-powered-autos-proving-tough-sell?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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Electric car sales have so far ranged from disappointing to dismal.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/car-rentals-for-the-eco-curious/?pagewanted=print

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Study: Electric Vehicles Account for 0.1 % of U.S. Auto Sales

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/study-electric-vehicles-account-01-us-auto-sales

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Plug-Ins Account For Less Than Half of 1% of [U.S.] Auto Sales This Year

http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/plug-ins-account-less-half-1-auto-sales-year

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Electric Car Rentals Stalled in U.S. by Range Anxiety

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-13/electric-car-rentals-stalled-in-u-s-by-range-anxiety.html

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Hybrids:

Just don’t buy a hybrid because you think it’s going to save you green.  Because it won’t – or at the very least, you’ll be waiting a long time before it does.”

http://lewrockwell.com/peters-e/peters-e135.html

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… the efficiency of conventional [internal cumbustion gasoline} engines has improved so much that the mpg gap is closing, making it harder to justify paying more for gas-electric hybrids.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-02-23/hybrids-unlikely-rival-plain-old-cars

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Despite Gas Prices, Hybrid Sales Stall

http://blogs.smartmoney.com/advice/2012/04/03/despite-gas-prices-hybrid-sales-stall/

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Hybrid owners unlikely to buy another one, study shows

http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/10/11101762-hybrid-owners-unlikely-to-buy-another-one-study-shows?lite

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“The most loyal owners of hybrids live in places not known for trendy environmentalism…”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/hybrids_once_was_enough_for_most.html

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Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/05/10/us-hybrid-car-owners-unlikely-to-buy-again/?test=latestnews#ixzz1uYVELnkJ

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A new study of the batteries commonly used in hybrid and electric-only cars has revealed an unexpected factor that could limit the performance of batteries currently on the road.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121212204830.htm

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Detroit unsure over the future of green cars

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.460043c1b742ef8b12033b19a574267a.c1&show_article=1

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Electric-Car Firm That Got Biden Visit, $118M in Stimulus, Files for Bankruptcy

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/electric-car-firm-got-biden-visit-118m-stimulus-files-bankruptcy

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Electric cars less climate friendly than thought

http://www.thelocal.de/national/20120130-40423.html

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U.S . Battery, Plug-in Car Push Costs Exceed Rewards, New Study Says

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-26/u-s-battery-plug-in-car-push-costs-exceed-rewards-study-says.html

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Scant CO2 Benefit from China’s Coal-Powered Electric Cars

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/scant-co2-benefit-from-chinas-coal-powered-electric-cars/

[Uhm, from what source, again, do we get most of our electricity?]

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Tesla:

Tesla Motors’ lineup of all-electric vehicles… apparently suffer from a severe limitation that can largely destroy the value of the vehicle.  If the battery is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a ‘brick’: a completely immobile vehicle that cannot be started or even pushed down the street.”

http://jalopnik.com/5887265/tesla-motors-devastating-design-problem

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California start-up Tesla Motors warned investors Tuesday that its 2012 sales would fall about 30% below prior expectations… [this after having] lost $660 million in last 14 quarters…

http://www.freep.com/article/20120926/BUSINESS01/309260025/1014/rss13

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Tesla fire highlights safety challenges of electric cars

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/tesla-fire-highlights-safety-challenges-electric-cars

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Nissan:

Taxpayers’ $1.4B ‘Investment’ in Nissan EV May Make Volt Look Good by Comparison

http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/04/06/taxpayers-14b-investment-nissan-ev-may-make-volt-look-good-comparison

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Nissan is offering cheap leases and big discounts on the Leaf because of slow sales of the all-electric car.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/10/01/nissan-offers-leaf-discounts-to-spur-sales/?intcmp=features

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Nissan Leaf battery degrades quickly in hot climates

http://www.climatechangedispatch.com/home/10493-nissan-leaf-battery-degrades-quickly-in-hot-climates

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Toyota:

Toyota Motor Corp has scrapped plans for widespread sales of a new all-electric minicar, saying it had misread the market and the ability of still-emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/us-toyota-electric-idUSBRE88N0CT20120924

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Despite all of the above, there is also this:

… these ‘Better Place’ cars differ from electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf — a depleted battery can be swapped for a full one in about four minutes.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/is-israel-making-the-electric-car-work/?print=1

[Some of us knew it would eventually be the Israelis who figured out how to make this technology work.]

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Since 2009, the Obama administration has awarded more than $1 billion to American companies to make advanced batteries for electric vehicles.  Halfway to a six-year goal of producing one million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, auto makers are barely at 50,000 cars.  The money funded nine battery plants — scattered across the U.S. from Michigan to Pennsylvania and Florida — that have few customers, operate well below capacity and, so far, have created less than a third of the jobs promised by 2015.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304791704577420350163856824.html

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The luxury carmaker Fisker Automotive continues to signal it could ditch plans to build its next generation hybrid electric vehicle in the United States, despite the nearly $200 million in Obama administration loan money it has already received.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fisker-build-electric-cars-us/story?id=16458585#.T89RfsWlGNF

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California’s EV Fetish

http://www.environmentaltrends.org/fileadmin/pri/images/2012/IssueBriefs/ETIssueBriefJuneF.pdf

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State governments turn against electric cars as gas tax revenues fall

http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/06/states-turn-against-electric-cars-as-gas-tax-revenues-fall/?print=1

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