Do You Know How Much A Government Driven Car Costs To Drive?
concerned dude
2012/03/07 12:38:10
Cost to operate a Chevy VoltEric Bolling (Fox Business Channel's Follow the Money) test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors.For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine. Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles. It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity.I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile. The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.So the government wants us to pay 3 times as much for a car that costs more than 7 times as much to run and takes 3 times as long to drive across country.
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Needless to say .. at the cost of the Volt .. the inability of it to meet the needs that I have .. it will never be in my driveway at all ..
Redoing the calculation (someone please correct me if I'm wrong)
16 kwh x .1255 per kwh = $2.008 to charge the battery. $2.008 per charge divided by 25 miles = $.08032 per mile to operate the volt using the battery.
This next part "Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile. The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000." I can't try and compare because I don't know where the author obtained the calculations to reach $15,000 and $ 46,000.
It's misleading. I don't like being screwed by the government, BUT I'm starting to get very annoyed by all these lies spreading around. I got an email today about HR 4646 claiming there would be a 1% transaction tax on any purchases, any deposit or withdrawal starting the firs...
Redoing the calculation (someone please correct me if I'm wrong)
16 kwh x .1255 per kwh = $2.008 to charge the battery. $2.008 per charge divided by 25 miles = $.08032 per mile to operate the volt using the battery.
This next part "Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile. The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000." I can't try and compare because I don't know where the author obtained the calculations to reach $15,000 and $ 46,000.
It's misleading. I don't like being screwed by the government, BUT I'm starting to get very annoyed by all these lies spreading around. I got an email today about HR 4646 claiming there would be a 1% transaction tax on any purchases, any deposit or withdrawal starting the first of next year, and that it was supported by Obama and pelosi. I dislike both of them but It was false. However, It was very convincing till I looked up the details. People need to STOP lying.
http://www.gm.com/content/gmc...
You can pick up 15K Toyota that gets in the 30's
kw/h is going to vary on location, so the stated numbers may be good in that location.
all in all, I'm not going to defend the volt. Not going to defend GM because they took Obama money. It's also a fact that Volts have caught fire while charging, so to me it's not worth the risk.
Also with Obama trying to kill coal and every other way to generate electricity, except "green" energy, they isn't going to be a place to plug them all in.
If I have to get a "green" car, I'll get a Prius. My cousin gets 55 mpg on hers, beats the crap out of a Volt and it's considerably cheaper
http://ecoramblings.com/wpco...
We are likely to see more bs about how great Chevy's version of the Edsel is, however, as it has been named the "European 2012 Car of the Year". It is sold over there as the Opel Ampera.