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    Going Green with cars...


    REALITY CHECK: At a neighborhood BBQ I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro Executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious "If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, you have to face certain realities."

    For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded. This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load."

    So, as our genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are we being urged to buy these things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system! This later "investment" will not be revealed until we're so far down this deadend road that it will be presented with an 'OOPS...!' and a shrug.

    Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, "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 4.5 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 holds 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 that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 Mpg = $0.10 per mile.

    The gasoline powered car costs about $25,000 while the Volt costs $46,000 plus. So, the Government wants us to pay twice as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run and takes three times longer to drive across the country.


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    Marine Free Member m14ed's Avatar
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    betcha most these "Critical thinking Youngsters"
    are still living in their parents basements,

    in a WELFARE- paid for apartment /with a
    "wonder who's his daddy"

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    idiots running the country today are still on an "extended high" from all the LSD and acid they dropped in the 60's... no wonder the country is effed up...

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    Yep. And there's a few new generations who've drank the radical Leftist Kool-Aid. Thank God my sons made it through their colleges and all the Leftist propaganda being taught...and came out still conservative and patriotic.

    There are still plenty of decent kids out there...but their voices are drowned out by the whiners, cry-babies and social justice screamers.

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    Ya'll come on now....ya'll know the World will end in 12 years if we don't embrace the "Green Deal".....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose View Post
    Ya'll come on now....ya'll know the World will end in 12 years if we don't embrace the "Green Deal".....
    yep, they've been saying that for the last30 years or so, I thought we were going to die by the years 2000... shoot, I remember back in the 60s and early 70s we were going to run out of oil by the end of the 20th century...

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    I'll buy an electric vehicle when they make an F-350 dually flatbed that can go 500 miles at 75-80 mph on a charge that takes as little time as filling a 40-gallon diesel tank.

    Ain't holding my breath.

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