Friday, March 18, 2011

Green Car Skullduggery

Rather disappointing news (at least for me) on the Chevy Volt in this CATO Institute article. Not only is it not a fully electric car, it also seems to be getting much less than the 100 miles per charge claimed earlier on. I was hoping the original claims were right and they could improve on them in the future.

I actually saw a Chevy Volt in Eureka a week or two heading south on Broadway near Taco Bell. I was surprised anybody up here would be able to afford one.


At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you grow dope you can afford one. But if you grow dope you are driving Hummers, Escalades, big ass trucks or Mercedes or Bmw's and don't care about the cost of gas. Was at the market earlier this week and an unwashed stoner got out of a 100k mercedes Slk (new) and wasn't much older than 24. We are in a different class system now where hard work and being legit is no longer the majority model. Fred we are screwed.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Ah, yes. Forgot about them. Didn't get a good look at the guy driving the Volt I saw.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

The car IS fully electric! The gas motor just keeps the batteries topped off for longer runs.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Not according to the article I linked to.

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Open Shop said...

This quote from the article sounds just like our government. And by the way I knew a HSU student that was a pot head, his money came from mommy and daddy along with the cars. So it's not necessarily a grower in his own right. But I agree with the posters general assessment that hard work is not valued by our government. It's too full of managers who cheat, lie, or commit fraud against hard workers.

"It really is enough to get you to say Atlas Shrugged. For those who do not know, or who are only vaguely familiar with, the Ayn Rand classic, it is a story of a society in decay, where politically favored technologies and jobs are foisted on the nation, where innovations that might threaten existing corporatist cartels are financially or physically sabotaged as unemployment mounts and the nation spirals into a malaise that makes the Carter years look like Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood."

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

It turns out that the premium-fuel fired engine does drive the wheels — when the battery is very low or when the vehicle is at most freeway speeds. So the Volt really isn't a pure electric car after all. I'm sure that the people who designed the car knew how it ran, and so did their managers.

Wrong. Over 75mph the engine kicks on, but the electric motor STILL is the driving force to the wheels

My engineer at the Auto Show said cold weather would have little effect.

Cold Weather, Little effect on batteries? Engineer is lying or dumb

This has been discussed along time ago already.

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