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NYT: Chevy Volt Pays For Itself...

Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by evlbruce, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. evlbruce

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    ...in 27 years!Story

    Looking at the chart it's not much better for most hybrids either.

    What is interesting is that there aren't more of the new super diesels on the list (the only one being the Jetta TDI, which pays for itself in a little over a year).
     
  2. robertoh

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    Yeh.and we'll be paying for Obama for generations.
     


  3. JFrame

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    Interestingly, that's the same amount as Energy secretary Chu said he would like to see the price of U.S. gas achieve...

    There's a strange synchronicity to this whole hybrid car thing, vis-a-vis the politics of "green" technology... :whistling:


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  4. evlbruce

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    Coincidence? Probably not.

    The funny thing is that the free market has delivered 50+ mpg petrol cars that still make more sense economically than the favored green technology of the moment.
     
  5. JFrame

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    Yup -- market forces, and the companies responding to them, have come up with perfectly workable solutions, while statists flounder and resort to throwing more of our dollars at the problem.


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  6. stsai465

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    Don't forget; any money you save from gas, you'll lose when it's time to replace those batteries, that will inevitably wear out like all batteries do (assuming they don't catch fire and burn out early).
     
  7. JFrame

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    Yep -- and the "non-green" environmental burden of removing those batteries from circulation....

    Eco-nuts are sort of like this era's version of alchemists, trying to find ways of turning base metal into gold...


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  8. JBnTX

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    I wouldn't be caught dead in one of those tin cans.

    They can have my SUV (Tahoe) when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.

    :steamed:
     
  9. Lethaltxn

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    One of the many reasons I'll never own a hybrid.
     
  10. Ruble Noon

    Ruble Noon "Cracker"

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    http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20110410/NEWS0107/104100318/
     
  11. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

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    Ah, yes, the thing that Democrat Congress voted billions of tax payer money into that Obama posed with. The car that had to be recalled because thay pretty much unilaterally ignite on fire. That's okay. Paul Ryan with have federal workers make up for the shortfall.
     
  12. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

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    Hmmmmm. 44 +27 = 71.

    nnnnnnnnope. Like the concept. The technology needs to mature a little. I'm willing to let the tree huggers and hippies absorb the early adoption costs.
     
  13. HarleyGuy

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    It's quite possible that truly electric/battery vehicles may become practical. However, for now they have to be sold to folks who drive short distances, mostly in urban areas and to those who aren't really concerned about the operating cost of the vehicle as much as they are about making a statement about protecting and preserving or enviornment.

    The main problem with this scenario?
    Currently, the electricity that is used to "recharge" the batteries in these cars, is coal produced, and then gasoline of course comes from.....oil.
     
  14. Lethaltxn

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    Shhh... Don't spoil the surprise!
     
  15. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    Exactly! I was going to make the same point.
     
  16. HarleyGuy

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    Just between you and me, wait until the poiticians figure out that they have vehicles driving on their roads and NOT paying road taxes (from the sale of gasoline).:wow:

    I can see it now, taxes collected electronically from the cars GPS system!
     
  17. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    We use toyotas at work,they are generating $1k a week in revenue.'08.
     
  18. JBnTX

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    Somebody explain to me how a car, any car, pays for itself.

    I've owned a lot of automobiles and I've never had one save me enough money that it offset the cost of it.
     
  19. snerd

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    Went to get my oil changed at the Nissan shop. I told the shop manager to go with some premium 15k mile oil, Mobile 1 or similar. He said very few come in for that. I said I was surprised, that the greenies should be all over that as it saves oil and the environment. He said the greenies and tree huggers don't want to spend the extra $20-$30 bucks for it! So I don't know who the hell is buying those things.