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Posted by jeff in MD really (more from jeff in MD really) on Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:08:04 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: What exactly you do not understand ..., dmz789qqq, Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:53:10
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You're claiming that the additional electricity required by Volt users would create more jobs vs. the oil imported from other countries required by regular cars? What about the port workers, tanker truck drivers, refinery workers, gas station attendants, etc? I jest a little bit but for you to claim that the Volt would have some sort of measurable net positive impact on job creation is really stretching it.

Now my turn for the snarky question - what do you not "get" about the fact that every Volt represents $7,500 in tax dollars (or loans which equal future tax dollars) which could have been spent on something else. How can you claim so surely that those dollars are being best put to use by subsidizing Volts?

As to your second point. The Volt is a luxury car because it's 1) expensive, and 2) functionally identical to something costing 1/2 as much.

I'm not sure what you're trying to say as far as a Cruze with prepaid gas. Are you claiming that with the Volt you're "prepaying" for energy and therefore it's fair to compare on price? A Volt is good for about 35 miles per day on electricity vs. gasoline. It also gets about 35 mpg. So at $4/gallon, driving those 35 miles every single day, you'll save about $1,500/year on gas (not counting the electricity costs). Over 10 years that's $15k in "saved" gas money. Whatever other miles you drive are on gas just like any other car. So perhaps if you drive it 10 years you'll break even vs. a Cruze. The government should not be subsidizing things with questionable 10 year payback periods.

More to the point, if minimizing transportation costs is your goal, then you shouldn't be driving a new car anyway. If driving the latest whiz-bang technology with the help of a healthy tax break on the backs of your fellow citizens is you goal, then the Volt is just the vehicle for you.

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