Interesting article. Another Boondoggle. $7,500 per car and $5.5 Billion in grants down the drain.
In addition to my previous contention that the silly hybrids will not last long enough to save you any money, now it seems that they will not even save the planet!
When an electric car rolls off the production line, it has already been responsible for 30,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide emission. The amount for making a conventional car: 14,000 pounds.
Nissan estimates that after five years, the less effective batteries in a typical Leaf bring the range down to 55 miles.
Drivers attempting long road trips, as in one BBC test drive, have reported that recharging takes so long that the average speed is close to six miles per hour—a bit faster than your average jogger.
…if the energy used to recharge the electric car comes mostly from coal-fired power plants, it will be responsible for the emission of almost 15 ounces of carbon-dioxide for every one of the 50,000 miles it is driven—three ounces more than a similar gas-powered car.
an electric car will allow the owner to spare the world about $44 in climate damage. On the European emissions market, credit for 8.7 tons of carbon-dioxide costs $48. Yet the U.S. federal government essentially subsidizes electric-car buyers with up to $7,500. In addition