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As we all know, it's only us wicked, global warming denialist reich-wing Republicans who aren't in favor of everything green, like electric cars.  From William Teach of Pirate's Cove:

Car Of The Future: Less On Road In UK Than Number Of Charging Stations

By William Teach January 17, 2012 – 7:03 pm
So, even the Alarmists in Britain aren’t too enthused about vehicles which cost $30k+ and go 40-70 miles per charge (with heat/AC off) (via Climate Depot)

() Sales of electric cars have slumped so badly that there are now more charging points than vehicles on the road.

Just 2,149 electric cars have been sold since 2006, despite a government scheme last year offering customers up to £5,000 towards the cost of a vehicle.

The Department for Transport says that around 2,500 charging points have been installed, although their precise location is not known.

Call me silly, but, wouldn’t it be rather important to know where the stations are? With an electric vehicle, a person’s trip has

to be planned in the same manner as a military special forces operation. Of course, with a military op, one can overcome and adapt. If you miss your charging station in an EV, well, I guess overcoming and adapting means calling AAA and getting towed. Or getting some unplanned exercise as one walks.

I guess that's similar to the United States, where the electric-drive Chevy Volt was rolled out to much fanfare, significant government purchasing incentives, and had very poor sales. As noted here, the Volt is very overpriced, and was selling very poorly even before the engineering problems were discovered. Your editor ran the numbers, and, using General Motors' posted mileage ratings, calculated that you would have to reach 146,825 miles before the Volt would cost you less than the Chevrolet Cruze, and eventhat left out the price of electricity to charge the Volt.

The Volt doesn't require charging stations; it has a small gasoline engine to recharge the battery, or directly power the electric drive, when required. But the Volt is not a first car; its limited uses and the necessity to maintain it in a garage for charging means it is a second car for all practical purposes. As your editor wrote to open the last article on the Volt, the reality of progressive thought on the Chevrolet Volt is simple: they think that it’s a great idea and a great car . . . for their neighbors to buy. For themselves, not so much.


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