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Old 02-23-2012, 04:29 AM   #1
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Cost to operate a Chevy Volt
By 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 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 only that gets 32 mpg.
$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.


So our government wants us to pay 3 times as much for a car that costs more that 7 times as much to run and takes 3 times as long to drive across country.


Do these numbers make sense ?

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Cost to operate a Chevy Volt
By 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 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 only that gets 32 mpg.
$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.


So our government wants us to pay 3 times as much for a car that costs more that 7 times as much to run and takes 3 times as long to drive across country.


Do these numbers make sense ?
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:06 AM   #3
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Ahhhhhhhhh! So that's the reason all these liberal leaning tv programs show these little "fireballs" on a constant charge...25 miles!!!???...
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But, but, but, but.....It's good for environment. That's one thing I think the tree huggers are trying to get us to ignore, the increased cost of "environmental responsibility."
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There are a few things wrong with those numbers. His figure for electricity cost is nearly eleven times what we pay! Ours is a bit under $.11/kwh including taxes and fees. Guess it's possible someone could pay $1.16, but I'd want to see his electric bill.

The local city government here provides electricity at what has been shown to be one of the highest rates in the country and they charge something like $.14/kwh.

If our rate was that high, our electric bill would be nearly $3K/month!

Granted, the Volt is a sham and a fraud, but I'd prefer he make his point with real-world numbers. It's too early to determine depreciation, so his total cost-per-mile can't be accurately determined. Based on the numbers he used, it would cost $0.07/mile for fuel, which is half what my Mazda costs and a third of the Ram's.
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