Before the Volt was introduced to our showrooms plans were being evaluated for another mileage standard in 2025. In order to save our friendly skies, create more jobs, and become energy independent Obama wanted to achieve something in the area of 60 mpg by 2025 and ObamaCare was not yet passed.
Last October we questioned the premise behind the Volt: “How do we know that battery production alone will not create worse environment conditions than currently exist? Where will we get the power to recharge these cars? Who in America wants them? How have green jobs improved employment let alone our economy?”
AP: “The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025.”
Last week we stated the following;
1. Electric cars produce more CO2 then gas cars
2. Manufacturing emissions are much higher
3. Afghan is our biggest source of lithium
4. Cooler temperatures dampen mileage
5. Batteries do not function in the cold
6. Cost to make batteries and plastic without oil
7. Employment loss without steel, oil, and coal
Hidden costs with 56 mpg firewalled from general public include first and foremost paying for the R&D necessary to build the first model let alone plant and assembly. This mileage arena requires less weight and that means less safety, who’s unaware of that? Those costs speak for themselves. The Volt at $41,000 includes no real profit margin, think of what the other imposed restrictions will do to increase that price.
Today’s most common job is looking for one. The point is most people who need a vehicle are in the used market, demand is increasing, supply decreasing, not simply the cars but the parts. All the while the green machines sit plugged in ready to be tested.