There IS a way to change escalating gas prices

February 28, 2012

Woe to consumers if gas prices do escalate to $4.60 by May in Chicago as experts have predicted!

As to the escalating price of gas at the pump, some might regard the questions I am about to pose as inconsequential, insignificant, meaningless, silly, and totally worthless questions.

1.  Can readers think of another country whose politicians insist on having very expensive custom, low miles per gallon, bulletproof limousines and suburbans, the finest jets, the finest food and champagne and wine and drink, live in opulent homes and townhouses, etc…, while preaching to their citizens they need to cut back, live smaller, walk more, and will love driving teeny, weenie tin can-like cars?

2.  As demonstrated by physics, what happens to the energy when a full size vehicle hits a teeny, weenie vehicle and what happens to the occupants in a crash of a teeny, weenie vehicle with a full size vehicle?

3.  Do you think that by the EPA road-blocking off-shore petroleum drilling, coal mining, nuclear reactors, shale oil production, etc…, the price of all fuels might rise, and lowly citizens will be cutting back, living smaller, walking more, love driving teeny, weenie vehicles, as they waive to the politician limousines as they speed by?

4.  Do you believe that escalating gas prices will convince the public that hybrid and electric vehicles are the way to go?

According to Automotive Digest, “Hybrid and electric vehicles still make up a very small slice of US new vehicle sales, with small fuel efficient cars and crossovers taking up some of the slack for now in hitting federal fuel economy.”

The 2011 plug-in electric vehicle sales in the US closed at 17,813 units; hybrid electric vehicles represented 268,807 units out of about 12.7 million new vehicles sold.

As of January of this year, 21,778 hybrids were sold in the US market and 1,427 plug-in electric vehicles.  To this must be added 112 units of the BMW Active E (a plug-in car) sold in the US during January. http://www.automotivedigest.com/GreenMachineDigest/index.php/2012/02/hybrid-and-ev-sales-numbers-slim

It will be interesting to see how escalating gas prices have affected February sales figures when another report is released at the end of this month and in the months to come.

Hybrid vehicle sales did shoot up during the gas spike of 2008, so it’s likely to happen again. The electric car market is more difficult to predict, as electric cars are newer to the market and their sale price is so much higher than gasoline engine vehicles.

Even so many Americans might be induced to invest in an electric car believing they will be saving money at the gas pump.

But what about the Chevy Volt?  It definitely was affected in 2011 when the Volt’s backup gas engine to run a generator for extended range was under the shadow of a government safety probe as to why its big lithium-ion battery pack could catch fire days or even weeks after suffering severe crash damage.

Now to the cost of operating a Chevy Volt:

Eric Bolling (Fox Business Channel’s Follow the Money) test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors.

For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.

Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.  So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4-1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph.  Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.  In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16kwh of electricity.  It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.

The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned, so I looked up what I pay for electricityI pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh.  16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.  $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.

Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.

So Obama wants us to pay 3 times as much for a car that costs more than 7 times as much to run and takes 3 times as long to drive across country!

Will you be buying a Volt?  Surely not after reading the facts presented about the Chevy Volt.

Many Americans do know that our nation is awash in oil and that environmental restrictions and EPA rules and regulations are thwarting the way toward energy independence.

But what about other Americans who believe, as told by President Obama, that he bears no responsibility for escalating gas prices?

There IS a way out.  See that Obama becomes a one-term president in November.  If not, soon we might all be forced to drive tin can-like cars, whether we like it or not, to fulfill the Obama administration’s dream to replace oil and gas with green energy sources in order to save the planet.

Are we going to allow the White House and Global Warming zealots to continue to brainwash citizens and countries world-wide with their unscientific claims that CO2 emissions cause man-made Global Warming?

Just an added thought?   Mustn’t electricity be produced somehow to charge the Volt battery?

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