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By JGillman, Section News
Ahh the upside of accepting those federal monies. - H/T Joan Fabiano
Electric car owners now get to be free loaders as an additional benefit of purchasing the Leaf, Volt or other eco-recommended units of transportation. As Part of the problem with EV solutions has been the short distances they can travel, the feds have made sure seed money is there for charging stations. 8-10 hours of charging can now happen at the I-75/Dixie Highway carpool lot.
And by golly it appears as though there will be no charge for the juice.
"Grand Blanc Township, which already pays for the electricity lighting the carpool lot, will cover the electric cost for the charging station as well. Coulomb Technologies, Inc. provided the electric charger station and the Grand Blanc Community Fund paid for its installation. The project was started with money provided through a federal grant. "
So while we as taxpayers in general have shoveled out the taxes to pay for the incentives for the automakers ability to sell the over-sized and costly little rascals, then paid for the grant to fund the set up of this little pitstop, Grand Blanc Township taxpayers get to subsidize the electricity to run other folks' stuff.
Huh, it sounds like a great campsite for RVs too. Pack it up Good Sams, there's a new KOA in town.
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By JGillman, Section News
Folks, I have to tell you, we are in the wrong business. To heck with any kind of advancements in technology, going backward is where it's at.
In the as yet unfinished fight to produce vehicles that are 'green' and have little carbon footprint, our automakers have been encouraged by the administration to produce a slew of not-ready-for-prime-time electric cars that not only cost too much, but go about 40 miles tops, with engines that might be better suited towards kitchen blenders or hand held power tools. Michigan automakers have really gone to he!! in a hand basket.
I hold nothing against the volt, really. It serves the purpose of salving eco guilt for some, and might even have a future, but the failed efforts of the government to convince enough buyers through rebates and credits of $7,000.00 are a perfect example of why we do not let government types choose which products are best for us. The credits failed so miserably, that makers of the Chevy Volt are worried about the expiration of those credits after today.
I would be too. But..
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