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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 3rd, 2012
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May 3rd, 2012
Someone from Ilion, NY writes:
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STOP subsizing the auto industry - especially the worthless and EXPENSIVE electric vehicles. Let them make it or fail on their own - not by using taxpayers' money for a lost cause. What ANOTHER WASTE of TAXPAYERS' MONEY. STOP the subsidies NOW.
May 3rd, 2012
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Earl L. from Dallas, TX writes:
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Green is the new Red. The EPA was set up by Nixon's regime to placate the environmentalist crazies, hoping to quiet their shrill demands for ridiculous tree-hugger, snail-darter rules. Instead, we got the old Communist tactic of ever-increasing demands from the Marxist-led morons who took up this cause when the Vietnam War was no longer there to protest. The Sixties radicals organized this campaign, and then they took over the universities to brainwash a couple of generations of mind-numbed, blank-eyed lemmings to march and shout Marxist slogans. For decades, this motley crew infiltrated then swarmed into the EPA, and long ago took top positions and control of this bureaucracy, turning it into an insidious machine for subverting our Constitution. The inmates were already running this asylum before Obama came along to use it as a prime force for putting America under the control of the United Nations. The global-warming scam and fraud was created by the UN to destroy our industrial base and our economy, to transfer our wealth to the Third World and degrade us to their level in the name of "equality." After the collapse of the USSR, the Third World became the beneficiary of the UN's schemes. Make no mistake, the U.S. was the target of the phony global-warming strategy of the UN. The UN was created at its San Francisco organizing convention in 1945, which was presided over by Alger Hiss, the Soviet agent in our State Department, who was the Secretary-General of that conference (thus the first Secretary-General of the UN. Hiss and his fellow Soviet-agent Communist traitors, Harry Dexter White and Lauchlin Currie (both also top officials in our government), headed a delegation with a multitude of Communists and Soviet sympathizers in government. They wrote the UN Charter, based on the constitution of the U.S.S.R., loading it with every advantage for Moscow, including three votes to our one, and a secret deal that the head of the UN's military agency would always be from a Soviet bloc country! (Which was a problem a few years later when U.S. forces went to war in Korea as a UN force, and General MacArthur’s war plans were sent to the UN military agency—until he refused to send them.) In July, 1944, a year before the UN Charter in San Francisco, President Harry Truman sent Harry Dexter White to the Bretton Woods conference in New Hampshire, to establish the International Monetary Fund, in collaboration with Britain’s John Maynard Keynes, along with The World Bank (in spite of the fact that White’s role as a Soviet spy was known). The IMF and The World Bank were set up to become UN agencies, to regulate the international monetary and financial order, to the benefit of the UN’s favored entities and causes. Lauchlin Currie was also involved in the IMF and World Bank setup. That’s the background of treason and treachery in which the EPA and UN are linked and are now in the service of Obama, with the help of Hillary Clinton as the inhe
May 3rd, 2012
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Robert M. from Endicott, NY writes:
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Let the free market work. If people want these things, they will buy them. If they don't---oh well!
May 3rd, 2012
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Hon. & Mrs. Paul D. from Anaheim, CA signed.
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joana b. from Greendale, WI writes:
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Co-sponsor and or support H. R. 3768. It is the right thing to do for protecting America and Americans.
May 3rd, 2012
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Shirley M. from Mohnton, PA writes:
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HOUSE MUST PASS H.R. 3768 AND WHEN IT GOES TO THE SENATE, YOU MUST TELL TWIT REID THAT HE NEEDS TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR!!! IF HE DOESN'T THEN WE CAN MAKE SURE HE WILL LOSE HIS JOB IN NOVEMBER!!!!
May 3rd, 2012
Someone from South Sioux City, NE signed.
May 3rd, 2012
Tracy S. from Queen Creek, AZ writes:
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This is insane! Do your part to stop this waste!