February 18, 2012

You do the math..

Sent to me by one of my friends.
Cost to operate 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 16 kwh 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 electricity.

I 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.

(Note 32miles at $0.75 per mile equates to $23.68/gal. You can be assured the suppliers of gasoline can calculate this too. I can guess where the price-per-gal of gas is going as more of these battery cars are forced upon us by “regulation” via EPA, et al.)

The gasoline powered car initially cost 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.


"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."


  1. All those days in school where kids avoided learning and understanding math comes back to bite them in the fanny.

  2. I've suspected this for quite some time. I would also like to see how much pollution the power plant gives off to charge those batteries.

    It is also said that the actual cost of the Volt is about $115,000.00 with we taxpayers subsidizing the $69,000.00 short fall. How's that for a government sponsored endeavor?

  3. Electricity costs less than 13 cents per kWh in the US, not $1.16 per KwH.

  4. Where's snopes when you need it. Or some intelligence? Electricity is about 12 cents a KwH. That's 7.5 cents a mile.

  5. Well Josh and Anony., I looked it up and it's advertized to cost $1.55 per day to keep charged. That works out to about 4.5 cents +or- per mile. Not bad and if you want one by all means get one. Just don't force the rest of us to have to buy an Obamamobile.

  6. Young men ... (That's an assumption on my part) ... For further information as to where we're coming from, try watching this video. It's 30 minutes long, but I think you'll understand why most Americans just don't buy the "Green Weenie" position.