Originally Posted by unix
The greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people
Cost to operate a Chevy Volt
Eric 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
So Obama 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
He's a real winner. You have to be a real dunce to be behind a dufus like
So you are telling us that you pay 10X for your electricity than the rest of us??? Try $0.116 per Kw/hr. Also, the range under generator assist is the capacity of the fuel tank, and not at 20 mph. The gen-set's output will allow 75+ mph speeds constant, up steep hills it might pull from the batteries to supplement and at the same time going down hills would add to battery charge. That is the beauty of sizing a gen-set and batteries to the intended load. You don't need a 180 hp gen set to give 180 hp of short need performance, you only need a gen-set to meet averaged out needs.
And to cite anything scientific from Fox is a stretch, don't you think?