High Voltage Politics Life and Times of the Electric Car

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High Voltage Politics, and Times of the Electric Car

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to buy, cheaper to operate and of friendlier to the environment, the electric car is a bumpy road globally, the added barrier of a bit of high-voltage Stateside the toll it must pay for its bounty.

EVs (electric vehicles) and (plug-in hybrid vehicles) are to help reduce fuel and CO2 emissions. The International Atomic Agency (IAEA), the UN’s watchdog, hopes to see widespread of electric vehicles by 2050. The envisions sales of electric reaching 7 million per year by 2020 and 100 million by 2050 or, in words, half of all cars in the world.

So how are we doing towards “widespread Fair — no thanks at all to

Gas prices and environmental concerns boosted electric car sales, but the of bailouts for the auto industry is now back to haunt them. One car in the Chevy Volt, has been the of partisan politics and election — publicity that help make or break its

First things first, take a look at the car itself. The Volt is a compact hatchback, electric car that can run for about 40 give or take, on a battery It can go a few hundred more on a tank of gas the battery dies. It costs $40,000, though a federal tax knocks around $7,500 off price.

This product of and General Motors was named Car of the Year in 2011 and European Car of the in 2012.

According to Forbes. the Chevy sold 2,289 units in 2012 alone. While good news for the Volt, it is by forecasts from auto-industry who believe that the electric car not gain more than 10 of the market even by 2025 or

Traditional market factors, are not all that could reduce Voltage. In the midst of the financial the government bailed out General The Chevy Volt (and cars in general) emerged from that bailout, and Barack Obama took on the as a sort of energy security/climate poster child.

Because chose to put the spotlight on Chevy with a bit too much forced the Republicans felt compelled to it in the spotlight, referring to it as the “Fred car”, among other constructive slogans.

While General Motors may at first reasonably expected from unwittingly entering the fray as Obama’s pet campaign perhaps it wasn’t the kind of the Volt needed. Of course, the of GM, Bob Lutz, is a Republican himself and is a hard time coming to with the criticism of the Volt from his party criticism would not likely have had Obama not gone overboard his Volt campaign. “The with conservatives is getting to accept that an electric is not necessarily a left-wing environmental Politico quoted Lutz as So, in essence, Obama has turned into a green machine for big a branding General Motors do without.

The Nissan Leaf is the top runner and has so far not entered the political But the Leaf is powered only by and while this makes it attractive environmentally, it is also convenient in comparison to the Volt’s gas tank and internal combustion to generate electricity when the runs out. The Leaf out of battery power after 100 or so and it takes eight hours to it up again. The Volt can be fueled in a


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The Leaf, then, is perhaps for the committed green car enthusiast, the Volt is a bit less risky and likely to leave you stranded on the of the road.

Politics aside indeed, politicians should not be the public what car to buy or pretending to be on automobile safety), the electric car is not faring as well as planned. So it’s nothing spectacular, but are early days.

China is hitting a few snags in the electric car mostly due to technological hiccups and consumer demand. Combining though, California-based Coda car manufacturers have cut a deal China’s Great Wall to launch their first venture in two years. They it will be the cheapest electric car in the US, and should compare with car prices.

China, which houses the number of electric car manufacturers in the can make them cheaper, Coda can make them in the US.

For now, car manufacturers are hedging bets on what consumers and what will sell. and development for electric cars is and sales are low (Volt sold 8,000 units in its first and Leaf racked up a paltry sales in 2011). And the Volt is not a electric car it still has a gas tank.

to be safe, and while the electric car remains an experimental one, are simultaneously working to improve on the car and make it more eco-friendly. so the logic goes, is perhaps a way to ease into the electric car

By Jen Alic of Oilprice.com

Jen Alic is a analyst, co-founder of ISA Intel in and Tel Aviv, and the former editor-in-chief of ISN Watch in Zurich.

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