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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
Jun 8th, 2012
Paul B. from Newport News, VA writes:
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Let the market play it's course. Tax fuel if you want, but let the market determine whether or not people want electric cars.
Jun 8th, 2012
Daniel B. from Lehi, UT signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
Martha P. from Jacksonville Beach, FL writes:
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This is just another total waste of the taxpayers money, like many many more that should be stopped. It would be shocking if the taxpayers knew how much of their hard earned money was being WASTED by this admnistration. The GOP neeeds to put a stop to them and all duplication of govt. Do your job or you'll be out!
Jun 8th, 2012
francis f. from Pinellas Park, FL writes:
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NO electric only natural gas.
Jun 8th, 2012
Marion P. from Mount Pleasant, MI signed.
Jun 7th, 2012
robert m. from Charleston, WV signed.
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Doreen P. from Philadelphia, PA signed.
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Morris H. from Mesa, AZ signed.
Jun 7th, 2012
Aileen H. from Anchorage, AK writes:
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If there was a way to make a profit, private enterprise will develop it. Government needs to get out of the private sector and stop making all these billion dollar boon doggle investments like Solyndra and clean out the departments that live large at the taxpayers expense like GSA, the court and all their lavish vacations. When there is a budget deficit you tighten your belt and not spend money that isn't there. With technology people do not need to travel to lavish vacation spots to have meetings or semi educational seminars.
Jun 7th, 2012
JAMES,LINDA G. from Edinburg, TX writes:
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REPRESENTATIVES we expect you to CO =SPONSOR THIS BILL ,THANK YOU
Jun 7th, 2012
Steven N. from Davison, MI writes:
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Im old school carb. And I can get good gas milliage with one.
Jun 7th, 2012
Deborah B. from Greer, SC signed.
Jun 7th, 2012
John G. from Sebastian, FL writes:
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The people of the US don't want these vehicle, as you can see by their dismal selling record, SUV'S, and Trucks, still lead the way. We're just not ready yet for electric vehicles.
Jun 6th, 2012
Richard A. from Hereford, AZ signed.
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Lois P. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
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Sheila C. from Oceanside, CA signed.
Jun 6th, 2012
francis f. from Pinellas Park, FL writes:
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We need more gas vehicles, not electric.
Jun 5th, 2012
Bruce D M. from Alliance, NE writes:
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The administration is attempting to reduce coal generation yet promote electric cars. The two philosophies are incompatable. Its either generate more coal fired electricity or reduce the number of electric vehicles sucking juice from the grid. My choice end the electric car subsidies.
Jun 5th, 2012
mildred k. from Gordon, GA signed.
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Jun 3rd, 2012
JAMES,LINDA G. from Edinburg, TX writes:
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REPRENESENATIVES IT IS IMPARATIVE THAT YOU SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION ,NOW !!
Jun 2nd, 2012
Daniel M. from Bell, CA signed.