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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec 26, 2011 / 30 Kislev, 5772

A Volt of what?

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Shortly after he gave General Motors a $53 billion bailout in 2009, President Barack Obama said the plug-in Chevrolet Volt would be salvation of the beleaguered automaker.

Consumers will buy 120,000 Volts each year from 2012 onwards, the Energy Department predicted then. But through November, only 6,142 Volts have been sold. And that pitiful figure is inflated by purchases for government fleets.

Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America, isn't surprised.

"No one is going to pay a $15,000 premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla," he told Lawrence Ulrich of MSN Autos in 2009. "So there are not enough idiots who will buy it."

The idiots who do, Mr. de Nysschen said, are "the intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are."

The Volt is, in essence, the electric version of the Chevy Cruze, which sells for about $17,000. At $41,000, the Volt costs as much as a BMW335i.

The Cruze seats six; the Volt just four, because of the space taken up by the battery. The Volt has less head and leg room.

The Cruze gets an estimated 42 mpg, and can go about 500 miles on a tank of gas. The Volt can run for about 40 miles before the battery must be recharged, about 340 miles more on the gas in the gas tank. The Volt's gas mileage (29 mpg) is significantly less than that of the Cruze, and the Volt takes only premium gas.

The Volt may not be the technological "leap forward" GM CEO Dan Akerson claims. The Roberts electric car, built in 1896, gets the same mileage per charge.

The Volt's battery caught fire after low speed collisions in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

That was in June. Volt purchasers weren't warned until late November. NHTSA "deliberately suppressed public knowledge of the safety risk," chaarged the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

If they take only short trips, Volt owners can go weeks without having to visit a gas station, a fact GM trumpets in its advertising. But the difference between the price of a Volt and the price of a Cruze can buy a lot of gas. And though electricity costs much less than gasoline, it isn't free.

Volt buyers think it's environmentally friendly. But a wholesale shift to electric cars would increase carbon dioxide emissions, Mr. de Nysschen said, because so much electricity is generated by coal-fired plants. More CO2 is produced when the Volt runs on batteries than when it runs on gasoline, calculated Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com.

CO2 emissions will be reduced somewhat by new EPA regulations which will shut down many coal-fired utilities. But the regulations also will send electric rates soaring, and likely will cause brownouts. When Volt owners plug in at night, there may be no electricity to replenish their batteries (which takes about 10 hours, using the standard home outlet).

Purchasers of electric cars get a $7,500 tax credit. This lowers the cost to the consumer of a Volt to just under double that of the Chevy Cruze.

The average Volt owner makes $170,000 a year, according to Mr. Akerson. In an editorial in October, the Washington Post wondered "how the modest projected energy savings could justify taxpayer support for a product that people of ordinary means cannot hope to own."

These wealthy consumers get only a small slice of pork. Mr. Obama tucked into his stimulus bill $2.4 billion in grants to electric vehicle and battery manufacturers. The Department of Energy loaned an additional $2.4 billion to build EV manufacturing plants.

Most recipients -- like most of the "renewable" energy producers who got DOE loans -- are in financial trouble. Two already are bankrupt.

"Like Solyndra, several of the firms receiving support had investors who were also important Obama campaign donors," noted the Washington Post.

When all government grants, subsidies and credits are added up, each Volt sold so far has cost taxpayers nearly $250,000, estimates a Michigan think tank.

Sales of the Volt and the Nissan Leaf combined are just one tenth of one percent of all new car sales this year. Despite this, Ford and Toyota plan to introduce their own electric vehicles.

"Why would two auto manufacturers jump into a market with almost no demand and a high failure rate?" asked Ed Morrissey of Hot Air. "Could it be because they are looking for the same kind of subsidies that gives them around $250,000 per vehicle before the car is ever sold?"

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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