I am going to start a blog entry in the next few hours that will start to compile a list of all the interesting links out there to educate the public on some of the perpetuated EV myths and misinformation. Below are the links I am working on (not presented as I will present them on the blog). I'd like you all to scour your memory, and try to provide links to include in this blog entry. I want a one stop site to quickly reference and be able to get educated on the hot topics...
Gas owners get incredible indirect gas subsidies that they don't even realize:
GAO Analysis on several studies on the cost to protect middle eastern oil: Estimates over 30 billion a year spent
Academic Analysis of U.S. Military Expenditures to Protect the use of Persian-Gulf Oil for Motor Vehicles
Price of lithium way up, but this means little for higher battery prices
"Investors might be interested to know that the battery market for lithium, which is well understood to be the strongest catalyst for future growth, might easily absorb a significant increase in lithium prices. The actual raw cost of the lithium in vehicle batteries is currently less than 3 percent as a proportion of total input expenses. In theory, lithium prices could increase by several multiples and it would have a nominal impact on the actual price of the end battery."
Price of batteries dropping quickly
"The average price of lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles fell 14 percent in the past year as production capacity exceeded demand, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said. "
Top 4 traded cars for Volt are foreign, and #4 goes to BMW
Average Volt owner exceeds 120 MPG combined rating
Lots of negative EV myths discussed on this site
Even in the most polluting states, EV emit much less GHG than the average vehicle.
CATO's foolish look at the Prius when it first came out. Does the arguments against the Volt sound familiar?
"Obviously, these cars can’t achieve profitability under any reasonable sales projections. If they could, the advertising spots would be as frequent as Chevy’s “Heartbeat of America.” But they are not. In fact, I’ll bet most readers can’t recall ever having seen the plugs for the Prius (aging hippies drive it in through a tropical rainforest while a chimpanzee applauds) or the Insight (comes out of a car wash— it’s a “clean” vehicle, get it?)."
Snopes debunks email and widely spread hit piece stating that the Volt costs 7x as much to operate as a standard car
Both Garage Fires that were occupied with Volts ruled out as likely cause by both fire marshals (as well as NHTSA, GM, insurance companies, and other investigators)
NHTSA Volt investigation conclusion:
Ignore the misleading link title and actually READ the article. Fleet sales NOT inflating Volt numbers much:
Volt outsells Corvette
Volt #1 selling Electric, outsells most every other hybrid being sold
Fox News: Volt helps win the war on terror
--> Thanks for that Dave. That is a good one I forgot about.
This car is one of the most awarded cars on the road
Mackinac study examined (the 'each Volt cost the tax payer 250k)