Saturday, August 22, 2009

230 and 367 Miles Per Gallon?

Last week, Government Motors, amidst great fanfare, officially announced its new Chevy Volt with the claim that it will get 230 miles a gallon. Shortly thereafter, Nissan announced the Leaf with a claim that it will get 367 mpg. In the real world, both claims are pure nonsense.

In fairness to both of these corporations, they are using a ‘draft methodology of calculating miles per gallon (mph)’ which has been provided by the EPA.

In truth, these extremely high miles per gallon rates do not mean that the engine is consuming less energy. It means that the car is electric, with only occasional use of gasoline.

Another false claim about electric cars is that are pollution free or “Green”. They are not! We have stated in this blog many times over the past years, “the pollution is relocated to the power plants” Today, that means 70% of the pollution generated by electric cars will come from coal burning power plants. Coal burning power plants are a major target of the “Cap and Tax” bill that is being pushed by the administration. If it becomes law, experts predict that there will be massive shortages of electrical power and the costs will more than double. The EPA totally ignores the fact, that electricity is not totally "clean."

The Volt was specifically designed to go 40 mile range on an electric charge because the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that about 80 percent of Americans drive less than 40 miles a day. The ‘draft methodology of calculating miles per gallon (mph)’ gives the result that energy used in the first 40 miles is Zero!

Why are extremely exaggerated mph ratings of value?

The latest federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirement (CAFÉ), car companies have to produce cars that average at least 42 miles per gallon by 2016. Companies that do not maintain that average or better will have to pay a large tax. To avoid that tax the car manufacturers will sell high mpg vehicles at a loss. For example, each Volt sold will let Government Motors sell eleven cars that get 25 miles per gallon or fifteen cars that get 30 miles per gallon, without having to pay the tax.

The greatly inflated mile per gallon estimates for electric cars will allow leeway for the industry to manufacture larger cars that the public actually wants to buy.

Electric cars are already very highly subsidized and larger. The volt will come with a whopping $7,500 tax credit.

Don’t be surprised if Ford introduces a F-150 Electric with an estimated 400+ mpg rating.

If that happens, the Obama administration, which already angry that they don’t own Ford, will revise the formula now used in estimating electric car mileage to something more realistic.

Comments are invited!
Send feedback to:

1 comment:

Fred said...

It won't really matter.

No one will have money to spend on new cars anyway!

Taxes and infkation caused by printing worthless money will see to that.