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Anti-Electric cars & Volt piece in Dallas Morning News

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This writer needs to be smacked for his very faulty analysis. He addressed some in an update but not very well. He still didn't account for increasing gas prices (No, just assuming $5/gallon for steady for 7 years starting 2010 is NOT reasonable.). He mocked tax credits when tax credits do exist for up to $4000!

http://techblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/06/electric-cars-dont-seem-to-mak.html :mad:
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will this do as a "smack"? my reply to the blog author:

"are there currently any credits in place?"

Right now? Up to $4,000. Traditionally people research before writing articles. You may want to consider why that is.

"$22 a month for charging the car is still a significant sum when you're balancing that against the maintenance costs of a gasoline car."

You're still missing it - $22/month is the cost of charging the car. If you're driving less than 40 miles per day (representing 85% of American driving patterns, according to DOT and NHTSA) in something like the Volt or a PHEV, or any range up to max in a BEV, this amounts to your total "fuel" cost. You're comparing the cost of fueling one car with the costs of maintaining another car in an effort to make a non-existent case to fit your opinion, not fact.

An electric motor has one moving part. No valves, cam shafts, crank shafts, pistons or rotors, connecting rods, wrist pins, oil seals, bearings,intake manifolds, catalytic converters, etc. nor oil or coolant to change, sparkplugs and distributor caps to tune replace in tune ups... the list goes on.

EV enthusiasts who've built their own cars have already experienced drastic reductions in maintenance costs.

In summation; you're uninformed about real-world EV maintenance costs, tax credits, and technology yet opine as though you're an expert. All talk, no research, Q.E.D.
 

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Hybrid not BEV.

No valves, cam shafts, crank shafts, pistons or rotors, connecting rods, wrist pins, oil seals, bearings,intake manifolds, --------, etc. nor oil or coolant to change, sparkplugs and distributor caps to tune replace in tune ups... the list goes on.
The Volt is a hybrid. It has an ICE that requires maintenance for all the above items plus a generator. It probably has a longer time between required maintenance, determined by the total time needed for charging.
 

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The Volt is a hybrid. It has an ICE that requires maintenance for all the above items plus a generator. It probably has a longer time between required maintenance, determined by the total time needed for charging.
And? The author of the blog was arguing that electric motors don't experience substantial maintenance savings. it wasn't a Volt-specific blog.
 
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