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We bought a Volt on June 1, a year ago. It wasn't until the end of June of this year that we bought gas for the car. We usually got 41-45 miles range trips from the car, and usually had two adults in the car, we only shop or eat at places that are GREEN friendly, so we recharged at home, and while shopping at one of the three malls that have charge stations. We have an SUV that we use for large loads, but we only used it a few times last year. It isn't just the gas one saves in the Volt. That car is so much easier to drive The back seat is comfortable, and the rear area is able to handle two weeks worth of groceries and dog food. The big vehicle gets left home. It's gas is vulnerable to turning into a gel, because it does not have the pressurized system the Volt uses. We have to post reminders to churn the SUVs gas. When it comes to gas savings, it isn't as much an issue of how many miles we put on the Volt, it is more a matter of how few miles we put on the second car. There is no $7,500 rebate for the EVs/PHEVs it is a tax credit. It may be used to balance taxable gains, but is not a refund.
My understanding (memory of events) is that the focus from Hydrogen powered cars to the Plug-in EV, happened during the Bush administration, with the blessings of the Administration. Bush Sr bought a Volt for son, Jeb. Let's give the other side some credit for one thing it was doing right/RIGHT! The Volt out classes the Leaf, Prius etc by so much that I think of it as competition for sports cars that currently sell for considerable more, be they ICEs, or other.....yet it holds 4 tall passengers comfortably. Take a test drive in the Prius, Leaf, BMW and Volt before you complain about what you have not experienced.
The Volt and Fisker ARE both PHEVs, and in CA, especially SoCal solar is the best energy. It powers my house, car, and an increasingly larger % of the city where I live. Those solar units that one can lease to purchase can work for those who own their own homes/condos....too bad renters can't do solar, although I think that all rental units should include them. My house is old, but has been insulated, with solar added, and we do not pay for home electricity. I was surprised when I found the Volt hardly impacted home energy costs at house and car are paying off my solar, or vice versa. as a reply to EVryman "PHEV is never going to be as good as the VOLT and the Fisker Karma. Yes, they are pricey still but that will change. Range extended BEV is the best way to go until bat tech catches up. Posted by: EVryman | September 06, 2012 at 03:57 AM"
Having been rear ended while stopped in traffic, had the seat break free and the neck support collapse then living with pain for too many years post impact IMO: "IT IS ABOUT TIME!"
I support implementation, and I live in the SCAQMD area. Sunlight is not required to create OZONE. When chemicals have the potential to convert to OZONE, light, heat and energy will be enough to complete that conversion. Fireworks is a common example of such a conversion. OZONE is created at night, via pyrotechnics, in Southern California. Fireworks are frequent used at commercial events and parks, in residential areas, without any oversight, except that of the fire department. The fire department is does not assess pyrotechnic releases of ultra-fine particulate, Ozone or heavy metals (pigments) involved in producing the brilliant colors of air released fireworks. The FAA requires low elevation pyrotechnics, as it does not want the particulate in the pathway of aircraft approaching local airports: LAX/SNA/ONT/LGB/and more. This regulation places this mixture below the inversion area. Residents get the pollution from the commercial air craft, and ports as well as entertainment produced pollution. If that stuff isn't good for jets, it certainly isn't good for people. The SCAQMD does not currently oversee pyrotechnics, but I believe they should. I am a SoCal gal
I live in So CA, on sandy soil. My Agave grows well, in an area I don't irrigate. I wouldn't waste dryland wheatland on Agave, but I can see the possibility of fuel use for Agave. It is currently being used medicinally (an old Native American healer for burns and some cuts), for tequilla, (as one type of this plant is used). I believe there are 5 different Agave plants, each with differing properties. Agave is well suited to semi-arrid areas, that do not have irrigation or require much labor, thus it does not compete with food crops. I see no reason why large solar farms could not also be large Agave farms. I have solar on my roof and Agave in the earth, it works for me.
If I am in an area with a good bus system, I take the bus. If I am in an area with good bike trails (off road and strictly for bikes), my children, and I bike. If we are in a European type city with accessible downtowns surrounded by greenbelts, we all usually walk, even if the walk is more than .5 miles. I grew up in a walkable town, my wife grew up in a walkable, and bus usable city. We vacation in places where we can walk (including Vancouver, Canada, Portland, Oregon, Seattle Washington, Denver, Colorado, Santa Monica California, Bremen, Germany). I also have ridden the high speed trains of Europe and Japan, when there for work. At home, I walked in temperatures as low as -7F/-21C (I wouldn't take young children, or those with balance problems out on frozen walks) However, I live in the sluburbs of California, for reasons of employment. I cannot ride the bus as it is 1 hour between busses and the routes are not effective for shopping, or employment (I can use them for medical). The bike lanes are on the heavily crowded streets with fatality rates high enough to discourage all but the desperate. Streets are so wide that it requires two signals to cross, the pollution so high, that walking is not good for the lungs, and there is not much available, for miles. I have walked two miles to the gym (and back), but decided the particulate intake wasn't worth the walk. The question should be, can walkable cities be designed around areas already prescribed by the use of the car?
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