Should We Spend A Lot Of Taxpayer Money Or Hybrid Vehicles?

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Imagine, after coming home from work, you just plug in your car battery to an outlet in your garage, and then the next morning, your car is full of energy. You would not be late because you never have to stop by any gas station to fill up the gas tank, and you could save money for gas each week. You would not see smoke from the tailpipe and your car is quieter. That image sounds great, and those are benefits an electric car could bring to us. Those are also the reasons some people support electric and hybrid vehicle. The Obama administration has set a national goal of one million electric cars on American roads by 2015 and this goal was supported with $5 billion in taxpayer dollars. As taxpayers, we have plenty of reasons to be concerned…show more content…
He continues that to offset the higher sticker price of the Ford Escape hybrid, gas would have to reach over $5 a gallon for over 5 years. According to the Department of Energy, the compact car gets close to 40 miles per gallon and the Eco version gets 42 mpg on the highway. It also costs far less at a starting price of about $17,000. For electric cars, they currently have a limited range, weight issues associated with the storage batteries, and need to recharge for several hours with relatively high-cost electric power. These disadvantages make them impractical for many drivers, and the cost of producing larger batteries to improve the range of EVs is currently prohibitive. Robert Bryce, a former veteran writer for the Austin Chronicle and a journalist who focuses on energy issues and politic gives an example: the new Chevrolet Volt costs $41,000 as much as a new Mercedes-Benz C350 whereas the Honda Fit costs about one-third as much as the new Volt. Therefore, Burr and Bryce charge that owning a gas-electric hybrid or an electric car is merely a fashion statement and should not be subsidized with tax
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