So That Was Progress?

The Roberts Electric Car was built in 1896, 13 years before even Henry Fords famous Model T, and it got, using only the lead-acid batteries of the late 19th century, 40 miles per charge. This is the same range as that which is advertised for Chevys $32,000 Volt which cost nearly $750 million for them to develop.

Roberts Electric Roadster
Roberts Electric Car Circa 1896 – 40 Mile Range

Slightly later, in 1914, the Anderson Electric Car Company in Detroit, MI was producing electric cars using Edisons nickel-iron batteries with a confirmed range of 80 miles per charge, twice that of the car which GM Dan Akerson called not a step forward, but a leap forward.

Detroit Electric Car
Anderson Electric Car Circa 1914 – 80 Mile Range

So the Volt was progress? No. The abject and pathetic travesty that is the Obama-approved Great Leap Forward in green engineering, the now defunct Chevy Volt was not progress in anything other than gross stupidity compounded by government intervention.

2012 Chevrolet Volt Convertible
Chevy Volt Circa 2012 – 40 Mile Range

If one wants to look at progress in electric vehicles one might consider looking at Dave Cloud, an electric vehicle hobbyist who designed and built his Dolphin for just $3000 using reclaimed car parts and COTS equipment. His Dolphin has a range of 200 miles on a single charge with a speed of 60-65 mph for 85% of those miles.

Dave Cloud's Dolphin Electric Car
Dave Cloud’s Dolphin Circa 2004 – 200 Mile Range

Admittedly, Clouds Dolphin is not truly practical for normal driving. Yet, what could someone like Dave Cloud design and build if given a fraction of the $750 million that GM wasted on the Volt?

Of course, between the actions and demand of the UAW and the restrictive regulations of the federal government, even if Mr. Cloud got access to funding it’d be unlikely that he could bring anything to market that was anywhere near as good as what he’s already designed.

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Can You Say Green Jobs

Obama The Liar-in-ChiefCan you say green jobs? It’s easy; just say, “gōngzu de” which is Chinese for “green jobs.” and it looks like China will be where those “green jobs” that Obama promised will be.

It seems that back in September 2011, the Obama-appointed heads of General Motors signed an agreement with the Chinese government to effectively move all future electric vehicle (EV) development to China. Primary production of such vehicles will also likely move to China.

America’s Liar-in-Chief, Obama strikes again.

But then almost all of these “green jobs” that Obama has touted and attacked traditional American jobs and practices over have gone to foreigners so GM’s moving their electric powertrain development to China shouldn’t come as a surprise despite Obama giving them a massive handout from the taxpayers’ coffers.

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