Posts Tagged ‘Electric Cars’

Good riddance: Electric car subsidies expire … at least, some of them.

January 3, 2012

According to the Wash Post

Two of the most wasteful subsidies ever to clutter the Internal Revenue Code went out with the old year when Congress declined to renew either

  • The 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit for corn-based ethanol.
  • A credit that gave electric-car owners up to $1,000 to defray the cost of installing a 220-volt charging device in their homes.  

But, he $7,500 tax credit that the government offers purchasers of electric vehicles did not expire at year’s end.

The Obama administration says that the credit helps build a market for EVs, which helps create jobs.

Sales of electric vehicles were disappointing in 2011, with the Volt coming in below the 10,000 units forecast.

Evidence is mounting that President Obama was overly optimistic to pledge that there would be 1 million EVs on the road by 2015.

More prosaic fuel-economy innovations such as conventional hybrids, clean-diesel cars and advanced gasoline engines all show much more promise than electrics.

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GM goes all-electric in 2013

November 16, 2011

More precisely, GM will launch it’s first all electric car – the Spark —  in the U.S. in 2013.

Technical note: the Volt is a combo electric with an ICE (internal combustion engine) in reserve.

According to USA Today

GM will sell its first production all-electric car in the U.S. in 2013.

It will be battery EV version of the coming Spark mini-car.

The Spark is a tiny city car that is smaller than Chevy’s new subcompact Sonic.

The EV version will be sold in “limited quantities” in select U.S. markets.

Ken’s Take: “Limited quantities” ?  I’m betting the under.

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Chevy Volt’s battery catches fire … oops.

November 15, 2011

The Detroit Free Press reports that a Chevrolet Volt caught fire several weeks after a crash test.

The electric vehicle had been subjected to a low speed (20 mile-per-hour), side-impact test for its crash safety rating.

Apparently, the crash punctured the Volt’s lithium-ion battery, and though it took a couple of weeks, the vehicle eventually self-combusted – i.e. it went up in flames.

General Motors believes the fire occurred because the testers didn’t drain the energy from the Volt’s battery following the crash, which is a safety step the automaker recommends.

Government officials are weighing the need for new safety rules that could require first responders to drain electric vehicles’ batteries after a crash.

Note, they’re not investigating how to make the Volt safer, they’re determining whether fire-fighters have to drain the batteries when they arrive at an accident scene.

Cmon man …

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