Skip to comments.Ford warns electric cars may be only for the rich
Posted on 03/02/2011 3:45:10 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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My test for electric cars is if I can drive it from New Jersey to Tampa in 24 hours. If not, than they are a waste of time.
I’m not thrilled.
But I do believe FReepers have an obligation to correct factual errors in posts.
The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can’t Have
Good for Ford!
We keep our house at 72°F 24/7.
It’s doctors orders because of my wife having cold agglutinin disease.
GM’s sales goal for the Volt for 2011 is 10,000 units.
At $7,500 each (max) in subsidy, that’s $75 million at a maximum, assuming that every buyer has $7,500 in taxes they can offset.
Not peanuts, not what I would call a wise expenditure, but a LONG way from $1 billion.
We keep; our thermostat at 68 degrees. It gets a tad chilly in here, especially at night. We have blankets, sweaters and heavy robes handily available. I can hardly wait for the warmth of summer.
There are lots of vehicles sold in Europe that we can't have that get superb mileage. I really miss my old VW rabbit diesel hatchback that got around 40-50 mpg all the time. There really is no equivalent vehicle sold these days in this country.
Unfortunately the USEPA really limited diesels with severe emission limits. The amount of claptrap on the 2010 diesels is amazing.
Buying an electric car with our current electrical grid in America is like buying zeppelin stock.
It will fly, but when it fails it will do so with flaming glory.
68°F is way too cold for the old curmudgeon.
Sometimes as I read FR, I wrap myself in an electric blanket just to read posts. Spring is not that far away and (knock on wood) we haven't had any serious colds or respiratory problems at all this winter!
When we sold the diesel, it had a LOT of miles on it (can't recall how many offhand) but we got top dollar for it. Back in those days there were regular gasoline Nissans and Toyota station wagons that got exemplary mileage as well. Those days are long gone and government has dictated substantially lower mileage via pollution mandates.
Good for you...space heaters are pretty efficient, Fred Meyer has them for $28.00 and they’re very good.
Here’s a pic of one at Amazon, not in stock:
Abstract this a bit, but just a bit -
TRANSPORTATION, and the freedom to travel,
will be restricted only to the rich and the government.
If you look at it ( and I have had this debate with my "auto gnomes" ) The weight of the Hybrid System is a big drag. Yet the cost and or the repair infrastructure is not their yet for an all aluminum or aluminum intensive vehicle. An all aluminum Chevy Cruze might kick the snaught out of the Volt in terms of dollar / performance / fuel economy, but can't compete against it's all steel brother.
The question is what will Ford do to shed the 500 or 700 lbs in the article if my memory is correct, and Will we eventually have a mano-e-mano comparison of a "Superlite" vs. a Hybrid, especially on the car sales room floor.
Look at the "Edison 2" project.
They won the 5 million and did it via low weight and very low aerodynamic drag, they couldn't make an engineering case for carrying around X00 lbs of electrical drive train that didn't help them up a hill.
What does that tell you....