Under Bush's policy purchasers of hybrid vehicles were entitled to a tax credit of up to $3,400. That's not a deduction, but a credit, which is basically the government cutting me a check of $3,400 for buying a Toyota.
Last edited by AdamT; 11-27-11 at 01:01 PM.
And, iirc, electrolysis takes more energy to produce hydrogen than the hydrogen it produces carries.
That said, ANY power generation method that eliminates acceleration/deceleration cycles results in a net efficiency benefit. Even with generation losses, a gallon of fuel burned in a constant rpm generator is more efficient than the same fuel burned in a conventional car.
As its entirely possible that these technologies are advancing along a track that allow them to compete with batteries for energy storage, do you have links or searchable terms on this? It has been a few years since I was keeping track. So you could very well be correct. If hydrogen electrolysis and fuel cell environmental impacts offset the considerable issues new battery technologies have in the areas of carbon footprints/toxicity of manufacture and disposal/recycling.
First I said that this is a huge problem. Now, I didn't specify why other than it being electric. That was my bad. So after being asked why and having people point out other cars with recalls, I pointed out that the taxpayers were subsidizing this car, neither of the recalled cars. Then the goalposts are moved again and you say that Ford and Toyota were receiving gov't subsidies for their hybrids. Ok....stop. Apples to apples people. One car with a safety issue and two other cars with safety issues. Difference? Ford and Toyota got screwed, not the American taxpayer. As Orielly says, stop the spin.
Nobody ever said that no other hybrid receives subsidies from the gov't. The title and subject of this thread is the safety of a vehicle that the gov't is pushing by subsidizing it heavily. It's not about other hybrid cars. When Obama pushes the Volt himself, and yet this car has some serious safety issues that need to be dealt with, that's really bad. The gov't needs to stay the hell out of the auto industry.
President Obama Takes Chevy Volt Electric Car for a Test Drive | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS
You say only 2 out of 5000 have caught fire. That's not very good, out of those 5000, how many have even been in accidents? 10? 20? Lets look at a much more heavily produced car, the Corolla. As of 2007, 37,000,000 Corollas have been built. If you work out the math, if 2 of every 5000 built caught on fire, that would be 14,800 Corollas bursting into flames. I bet you wouldn't be standing idly by if you'd heard that 14,000 of one model of car had caught on fire. You'd be livid. You'd be even more upset if you found out the gov't had been subsidizing the Corolla and pushing it with your taxpayer dollars.
Well, that's how I feel about the Volt.
Researchers make advances in rechargeable solid hydrogen fuel storage tanks
Pee power could fuel hydrogen cars | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Discovery of Cheap Catalyst Advances Case for Hydrogen Fuel | CleanTechnica
And dont know if you already know this or not but Honda has been selling hydrogen powered cars in California since 2008 and they have a small hydrogen infrastructure already.