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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
Samuel G. from Tempe, AZ signed.
May 3rd, 2012
John G. from Nicholasville, KY writes:
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If the published estimated costs of an all electrical car to purchase and to also replace batteries are correct then it is not an affordable solution to our transportation costs and energy needs. We should not be subsidizing those that purchase them as the income required to purchase is above the national income average. Let the industries involved go back to the drawing board and work on making them affordable for the average person in the country and let free enterprise take its course and solutions will be found. In the meantime, let us focus on keeping engery costs down untill the time that things become affordable and the basics of supply and demand cause change to happen.
May 3rd, 2012
AJ A. from Hawthorne, CA signed.
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Timothy T. from Irvine, CA signed.
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Someone from Malvern, PA writes:
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This is the best example of why ALL VOTERS must insist upon LIMITED GOVERNMENT--regardless of you politics, government intrusions like this hurt us all!
May 3rd, 2012
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Ada P. from Berne, IN signed.
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Someone from Northport, NY writes:
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Stop encouraging upper-middle class people to buy these cars which will never pay themselves even with subsidies
May 3rd, 2012
James M. from Mililani, HI writes:
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In the years of plenty we need to spend less and save for the years of famine. We didn't. Now we are in the years of famine, and we are spending, but it seems misdirected. The middle class spreads the money around and keeps the economy moving and growing, but they get nothing to work with, and get stuck with "benefits" we can't afford. Please, spare us.
May 3rd, 2012
David F. from Richlands, NC signed.
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Gabriel M. from Rutherford, NJ signed.
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Vincent S. from Enola, PA writes:
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"WHERE IS THE REAL BIRTH CERTIFACTE"
May 3rd, 2012
Patricia R. from Glendale, AZ 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.
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Sandra R. from East Palatka, FL writes:
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Some people seem to forget where the electricity comes from when they plug their cars in lol gas and or coal
May 3rd, 2012
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