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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #405 on: June 25, 2018, 09:51:34 pm »
This is slightly off-topic, but I did want to share that it appears, from what I read, that the Chevy Volt is now approaching the point at which Federal tax credits will be phased out. As you might be aware, the current subsidy for this type of eV will be phased out once GM reaches the milestone of 200,000 total Volts sold since the car debuted.

In fact, this might well be the very last month that Volt buyers will get the full $7500 off their tax bill. It appears that this quarter is the last quarter for the full tax break, and buyers in the 4th quarter 2018 will only get half, and that the subsidy will cease in 2019.

Tesla also is about to lose the tax incentive. It looks like Leaf buyers will still get the full benefit until about quarter 1 of 2020.

All the numbers above are estimates, but these sales are being tracked pretty closely by several watchdog groups, and I think the graphic above is  fairly accurate about what to expect.

For this reason, I am considering trading my beloved 2014 Volt for a new one, which would give me enough eV range that I'd probably almost never need to pump gas. The new Volts have a battery-only range of 53 miles. My current Volt is supposed to have 35, but I've found 32 is a more real number. Even with only 32 battery miles, most of my commute to work and back is on battery power.

Yes, I know most electricity comes from fossil fuels. But more than 30% of our local power comes from some type of renewable, and it is possible to actually get all your power from renewable sources here now if you are willing to pay an extra premium for it. I just learned about this option, but I think that's right.

Yep. Thanks for the graphic.  I expect all those incentives to be gone this year for the Leaf too. People will rush to buy Leaf EVs when they are the only ones left with the incentive. After that, the only prayer EVs have in Trumpland is if BYD booster Warren Buffet can jam a bunch of Chinese EVs down Trumpy's throat.

Otherwise, all the stops are coming out to strangle EVs in the USA on behalf of the unavoidable gasolene product of refinery output. It's about preventing fossil fueler bankruptcies National Security, of course. :evil4:

Looking on the "bright side", I suppose then I might even be able to afford to buy a used "no longer made" Model 3 (after Tesla goes bankrupt and is absorbed by GM  )  or maybe a used Leaf nobody wants as everyone rushes back to gas guzzling pickup truck heaven. USA! USA!
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