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Tell Congress: End Electric Vehicle Subsidies

We knew electric vehicles were expensive, but we didn't know just how much of that expense was the battery alone. Until now.

We knew electric vehicles were expensive, but we didn’t know just how much of that expense was the battery alone. Until now.

For years the auto industry has had a closely guarded secret: the price of electric vehicle batteries. They didn’t want you, the consumer to know how much they cost because they know that one day (if you purchase an electric car) you will have to pay to replace them.

Well Ford’s Chief Executive Alan Mulally let the cat out of the bag. 

While speaking at a forum on green technology last week, Mulally revealed that the battery packs for the electric Ford Focus costs between $12,000 and $15,000 a piece:

"When you move into an all-electric vehicle, the battery size moves up to around 23 kilowatt hours, [and] it weighs around 600 to 700 pounds," Mr. Mulally said at Fortune magazine's Brainstorm Green conference in California.

"They're around $12,000 to $15,000 [a battery]" for a type of car that normally sells for about $22,000, he continued, referring to the price of a gasoline-powered Focus. "So, you can see why the economics are what they are."

The Ford Focus EV costs $39,200. The Regular Ford Focus costs $22,000. Even with President Obama’s $7,500 taxpayer-funded electric vehicle subsidy, the EV will cost $31,700, roughly $10,000 more than the regular model (which gets between 35 and 40 miles to the gallon and does not eat up your electricity bill because it needs to be charged.)

One third of the cost of this vehicle is its battery. And at some point during the vehicle’s lifespan that battery will need to be replaced. That brings the total cost of the vehicle, with subsidy, to $46,700.
Gas would need to be, as President Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu put it, at the “levels in Europe” for a prolonged time (many, many years) for this car to eventually pay for the difference in price.

And yet President Obama and his Administration are trying to make us all buy these.

Electric vehicles are far more expensive than regular vehicles, do little to help the planet (since they’re charged by coal-powered electricity) and tend to catch fire.

It’s time we tell President Obama to stop pushing these vehicles, and stop giving taxpayer dollars to the wealthy people who buy them.

H.R.3768 is a bill in Congress that would eliminate the wealthy’s taxpayer giveaway. It is a perfect example of what needs to be done in our country. By eliminating subsidies like those for plug-in electric vehicles like the failed Chevy Volt and other expensive plug-ins, we send a message to President Obama that we are serious about cutting spending, and serious about ending the reliance on subsidies.

Sign the petition and send your message to your Representative deamanding they co-sponsor and support H.R.3768.

Public Comments
May 8th, 2012
Dom R. from Eau Claire, WI signed.
May 8th, 2012
Gary R. from Albuquerque, NM signed.
May 8th, 2012
Ed Christie C. from Kennesaw, GA writes:
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Impeach NOW!!
May 8th, 2012
Someone from Sheridan Lake, CO signed.
May 7th, 2012
Jim B. from Bellevue, IA writes:
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The Government should not be using tax money subsides for things that don't work & We The People konw it's a waste!
May 7th, 2012
Brian S. from Dalton, GA signed.
May 7th, 2012
Doug Q. from Heavener, OK signed.
May 7th, 2012
Chris W. from Bellevue, MI writes:
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40K to go 40 MILES and a risk of FIRE, not to smart !! LOL
May 7th, 2012
Martha E. from Lone Oak, TX writes:
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Giving money to subsidize electric car makers is a waste of taxpayers money.
May 7th, 2012
Robert G. from Des Moines, IA writes:
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Only the wealth can afford an electric car. Middle-class Americans would never buy such a boondogle. The batteries have to be replaced every 5 years at a cost of $20,000. Oops, Obama forgot to tell us that one!
May 7th, 2012
Vernon B. from Roy, WA signed.
May 7th, 2012
George W. from Millville, UT signed.
May 7th, 2012
Baron C. from San Antonio, TX writes:
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If our government would spend money as if they hjad any sense, perhaps they would not need as many tax dollars.
May 7th, 2012
Penny M. from Lynchburg, OH signed.
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Larry K. from Martinsville, IN signed.
May 7th, 2012
Roy K. from Wheaton, IL signed.
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Roy K. from Wheaton, IL signed.
May 6th, 2012
Marilyn B. from Aberdeen, SD signed.
May 6th, 2012
Someone from Alpharetta, GA signed.
May 6th, 2012
Someone from Crossville, TN signed.
May 6th, 2012
Clarence C. from Hubert, NC writes:
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NO subsidies to ANYONE with our tax money , it is NOT constitutional , nor is charity by the government .
May 6th, 2012
Elizabeth S. from Clarkston, WA signed.
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Audrey B. from Pine Bluff, AR signed.
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Marilyn B. from Aberdeen, SD signed.
May 5th, 2012
Natalie H. from Mankato, MN signed.
May 5th, 2012
Someone from Mobile, AL signed.
May 5th, 2012
Someone from Baton Rouge, LA writes:
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I think it is very ignorant for somone to buy a vehicle that the battery replacement may cost 12-15 thousand in @5 to 6 years! Why are we as tax payers,being forced to subsidize all these green house failures?
May 5th, 2012
Nancy W. from Monticello, NM writes:
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Electric cars don't make since since electricity is using other fuel and is electricity is expensive to produce. We want to get off the grid not depend on electricity to travel to the next town.
May 5th, 2012
John D. from Wichita Falls, TX signed.
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Julien T. from Marietta, GA signed.
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Mr. and Mrs. H. W. F. from Terrell, TX signed.
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Nancy J. from Quincy, WA signed.
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Gary D. from Oregon City, OR signed.
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Terrence O. from Newton, NJ signed.
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Richard S. from Middletown, OH signed.
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Katherine B. from Ellisville, MS signed.
May 5th, 2012
Donna H. from Fallbrook, CA writes:
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When you have spent a mass amount of money on a project and it doesn't work - rational people would have enough sense to stop. What is wrong with our government that they keep throwing money in places that don't work or to people who want to destroy America. Wake up!
May 5th, 2012
James M. from Marina, CA signed.
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victor s. from Sherburn, MN signed.