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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.

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May 5th, 2012
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May 5th, 2012
Jeffrey P. from Laughlin, NV writes:
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Lie, Cheat and Steal. Rape, Pillage and Burn. These are the only things you people in Washington DC know how to do. Washington DC is the District of Crime, Corruption and Conspiracies. Is OBAMA a clone of HITLER? I bet he is. IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! Before he destroys the rest of Amertica.
May 5th, 2012
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May 4th, 2012
Gene B. from Warren, VT writes:
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Let them stand on their own merit. Anytime the government gets involved it's a bad deal for we the American people. This is green cronie capitalism that libs love to cry about.
May 4th, 2012
Meldon L. from El Cajon, CA signed.
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sandy k. from Trenton, OH signed.
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ruby w. from Odessa, MO writes:
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Stop giving rebates on these electric cars, and stop trying to make us get rid of our older, dependable cars.
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Ernest J. from Losantville, IN writes:
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If Obama says it's a good thing to buy elecric cars then you know it's a lie. All of Congress should already know this fact. Get with the program and shut down the lies, and get the truth out on the real cost of Electric Vehicles.
May 4th, 2012
Bryon H. from Clarendon, NC writes:
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Electric cars create more of the so-called "Greenhouse" gases than do gas-powred cars.
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Michael V. from Tonganoxie, KS writes:
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PLEASE STOP PUSHING THESE VEHICLES. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER TAX BREAK FOR THE WEALTHY!! PLEASE STOP THIS NOW!!!!
May 4th, 2012
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Cindy D. from Waynesboro, VA writes:
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I am NOT buying one of those vehicles. It is cheaper to fix an old one. You need to QUIT encouraging junk yards to crush the older cars. They are our herritage, AND the only ones that some of us can afford.
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May 3rd, 2012
Joseph S. from Montgomery, AL writes:
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Electric cars are not needed! We have plenty of energy - Drill, Drill,and bui9ld the pipeline. Deep Six the Volt and any other electric cars!
May 3rd, 2012
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