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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)

(UK Dailymail) 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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5 Comments

  1. I agree with what you are saying about the Volt, but new technology has to get introduced somehow.

    It might be wise for GM to sell the Volt at a significant loss for starters. Then, for gas stations to install charging facilities is not a large capital investment. Moreover, while waiting to get charged, the vehicle occupants might like to sit down inside and have a snack or a meal, and browse the merchandise for sale. I can see a new business model arising! Remember when gas stations were only for gas, oil, and repairs, and an attendant even pumped your gas, checked your oil, and wiped clean your windshield. Business models change with the times!

    As the generation of electricity transitions to alternate energy sources like wind and solar, and maybe more nuclear, the Volt makes sense from an environmental and climate change point of view.

  2. Perry, put your money where your mouth is, step right up and stand tall. This is your opportunity to actually do for yourself exactly what you expect of others, buy a Re-Volt.

  3. WW wrote:

    It might be wise for GM to sell the Volt at a significant loss for starters. Then, for gas stations to install charging facilities is not a large capital investment. Moreover, while waiting to get charged, the vehicle occupants might like to sit down inside and have a snack or a meal, and browse the merchandise for sale. I can see a new business model arising! Remember when gas stations were only for gas, oil, and repairs, and an attendant even pumped your gas, checked your oil, and wiped clean your windshield. Business models change with the times!

    Using a 120 volt charger, it requires 12 hours to recharge the Volt’s batteries; with a 240 volt circuit, you can do a full recharge in three hours. That’s a very long stay at a “service station.”

    I agree with what you are saying about the Volt, but new technology has to get introduced somehow.

    It gets introduced when someone designs something economically feasible that the public want. The Volt is something that few people really want.

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