Don’t be Fueled by Government Motors Chevy Volt

Has the hype of Government Motors taxpayer funded Chevy Volt concealed the operating cost facts? Don’t be Fueled by the electrical cost savings compared to the fuel costs of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars…

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For the joy ride of your life, test drive Obama’s Volt.

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Since Government Motors Volt always needs a battery to run, the cost of using the 400-pound 16-kWh lithium-ion 300V battery pack as the source of electrical energy should be considered as part of the electrical cost to operate the Government Motors’ Chevy Volt.

The lithium-ion Battery Manufacturer claims their cost is $16,0000(1).

Government Motors claims their Battery will be covered by an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty = $16,000/8 = $2,000 /year divided by 12,500 miles /year = 16 cents per mile.

If you drive 40 miles every day then you will exceed GM’s warranty by 2,060 miles per year and your warranty will expire after 6.87 years.
[40 miles x 7 days x 52 weeks = 14,560 miles per year for full Electric drive]

Satirical point using a rhetorical question:
Speaking of Battery Costs, has anyone asked Government Motors how to remove, dispose, and replace a dead 400-pound battery?

The cost of Recharging the Chevy Volt ranges from 8.15 cents per kWh (Idaho) to 37.52 cents per kWh (Hawaii).

As of July 26, 2012, the National Average was 11.79 cents per kWh.

Government Motors claims their battery will use 8 kWh of electrical energy to drive 40 miles:

8 kWh X 11.79 cents per kWh divided by 40 miles = 2.358 cents per mile. (2)

The total energy operating cost = Recharge Cost + Battery Cost = 2.358 cents per mile + 16 cents per mile = 18.36 cents per mile to drive Obama’s Chevy Volt 40 miles every day.

Fuel Costs of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Cars
Since Gas mileage varies from car to car, 24 mpg will be used for comparison. The latest national average is $3.79 per gallon divided by 24 miles per gallon equals 15.79 cents per mile.

Driving a ICE car saves 2.57 cents per mile on average.

“Under my Plan of a Cap and Trade System, Electricity Rates would necessarily skyrocket.” – Barack Obama, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle

Hopefully, Volt Owners realize Obama’s new EPA regulations will increase their operating expenses. New Coal Power Plants will be required to emit 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced compared to existing Coal Power Plants emitting an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt.

Interesting to note that the peak output of GM’s 111 kW electric motor is 148.8 hp and the 53 kW (71 horsepower) 1.4-liter gas-powered generator engine is 48% the power of the electric drivetrain. According to Popular Mechanics, maximum power is 90 kW (120.6 hp) in normal mode and 110 kW (147.5 hp) in Sport mode.

After 40 miles, the 71 hp gas engine generator reduces the power of the 148.8 hp electric motor by 48%. This reduces the power of the electric motor to 43 kW (57.9 Hp) in normal mode and 52.8 kW (70.8 hp) in Sport mode.

For all this Detroit Power, you can enjoy Obama’s Joy ride for 32 minutes(3) cruising at 60 mph before the Li-ion AT battery needs a full recharge at the ‘economical’ asking price of $41,000 unless you live in California. One Californian Chevy Dealer has increased the MSRP price to $61,000 due to demand.

Satirical point using a rhetorical question:
After Obama’s $49.5 Billion GM Bailout, will Government Motors Volt be the key to restore the limp flaccid economy?

Ironically, the man responsible for his Government Motors Bailout and who promised 1 million plug-in hybrid cars by 2015 has been driven around in his gas guzzling Obamobile. The fuel ‘economy’ of Obama’s missile-proof Cadillac Obamobile is less than 10 MPG. Will you pay $41,000 for the Lemony Fresh Smell of Obama’s Volt?
Re-Volting Corporate Welfare

As of August 2012, Obama’s Volt-wagen costs taxpayers $141,756 per Family Joule of Obamunism sold (4).
Government Motors unplugged the Volt (Detroit-Hamtramck) Plant from March 19 to April 16 due to slow sales and bloated inventories. Government Motors plans to unplug the Volt Plant from September 17 to October 15 to retool the plant for the 2014 Chevy Impala.

Andrew loves the Jolt from his Volt as Government Motor Sparks his love in a funeral pyre

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(1) CPI, a subsidiary of LG Chem of Korea, manufactures the 400-pound 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) 300V battery pack.

The production cost is $1,000 per kilowatt hour (kWh) times 16 kWh = $16,000 for Chevy’s Li-ion AT (automotive traction) Battery. For more Battery cost information, please visit Profile: Li-ion Provider Compact Power, Inc. Focusing on the Automotive and Vehicle Markets.

To be fair, Government Motors has announced the price of lithium-ion batteries is decreasing swiftly. They claim the cost will be $450 per kWh in 2011 or 2012 which will decrease the Volt’s 16 kWh lithium ion battery to $7,200.

The electrical operating costs will be competitive with gas cars when that happens IF the cost of electricity and gas do not change greatly.

(2) The cost of using the onboard gas engine electric regenerator to keep the Battery charged to drive the electric drivetrain does not need to be calculated since we are comparing the cost of Electric driving range of 40 miles on electric battery power to the cost of driving a ICE car the same distance.

(3) Since Government Motors doesn’t specify the Driving time to drive the Electric Range of 40 miles, we can assume GM’s Volt was designed to drive 40 miles in 60 minutes, speed = 40 mph based on the Power vs. Speed Graph located Here.

200 Wh per mile x 40 miles = 8 kWh Battery Energy needed

Energy divided by Power equals Time

8 kWh/40 kW = .2 hr , 12 minutes* @ 92 mph and 112 Wh/mile
8 kWh/15 kW = .533 hr, 32 minutes* @ 60 mph and 8o Wh/mile
8 kWh/8 kW = 1 hr, 60 minutes* @ 40 mph and 6o Wh/mile

*Drive time before the Gas powered Electric Generator kicks in.

GM claims most people drive 40 miles or less every day. Unfortunately, people who must use the Highway will only have a 32-mile Electric Range @ 60 mph. To some people, 8 miles less may not be an issue yet, the car range may affect your buying decision.

(4) According to James Hohman, the Chevy Volt received $3 billion in government assistance(4a) for the development and production for Obama’s Volt-wagen. To date, Government Motors has sold 21,163 Chevy Volts. $3 billion divided by 21,163 Volts = $141,756 Obama’s Vehicle Of Liberal Travel (V.O.L.T)

(4a) The $3 billion in government assistance does not include Obama’s Bailout of Government Motors which is currently estimated at $49.5 billion. The U.S. Treasury Department currently estimates the taxpayers will lose $25 billion if Obama’s government sells their 500 million shares of GM.

$28 billion divided by 21,163 Volts = $1.32 million per Obama’s Vehicle Of Liberal Travel (V.O.L.T)

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Don’t be Fueled by Government Motors Chevy Volt is Vote Smart Political Satire by Miss Moneypenny aka Debbie Dolphin

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