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  1. And talk about pollution, we see GM recalling every single Volt because of batteries catching fire!! Can you imagine the pollution coming from a big battery like that on fire? I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near a fire like that, not to mention that the car would eventually catch fire also. And we’re talking a source of some serious pollution. But you know what, they can put all that crap on TV, and yes, I have seen that commercial where the coffee maker has some sort of lawnmower engine on it or something, even the computer had a big engine on it and everything was dirty and smoking and all the rest.

    But do you know how much energy is used to make those so called clean energy batteries? A hell of a lot more than it takes to make a lead acid battery found in a internal combustion engined car. And yes, it takes eight hours to charge one of those batteries back up after you drive your measly 40 miles or forty minutes whichever comes first. Does anyone think about that?

    What it really means is you are home, you get in your Volt, what you have to think about is getting back home so you can charge your Volt back up in the comfort of your home. Not trapped somewhere uncomfortable or alien. What it means is you can only drive your electric car twenty (20) miles or twenty minutes, that is you drive your Volt 20 miles out, and 20 miles back to your home. Or otherwise you are stuck where ever you ended up after the 40 miles you drove.

    The whole idea of a battery powered car sounds nice to a liberal environmentalist who has tunnel vision and can only see one thing at a time. The technology doesn’t exist yet for anything like battery powered houses or cars.

    It’s because there are to many other forms of transportation that if batteries are to replace the diesel engines in them, like city buses and trains, the technology will have to be way beyond where we are now. The pace that battery technology is moving it will take about 50 to 75 years before we have anything that will be cheap enough for every city in America to be able to buy one, every car, and every train to be able to run the same distance that they presently do on gasoline.

    Forget about airplanes unless you can figure out how to generate enough juice from solar cells and batteries, and where are you going to put all those batteries instead of passenger’s for a overseas flight for a 747-400 that did carry 350 passenger’s that now won’t be able to carry more than 50 because the rest of the space will be taken up by all the batteries run off solar cells staked out across the wings and upper fuselage.