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**for**

**me….thank you!**

*Cost to operate a Chevy Volt*

*Eric Bolling (Fox Business Channel's Follow the Money) test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors.*

*For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.*

*Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.*

*So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.*

*It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.*

*In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.*

*According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kwh*

*of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.*

*The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity.*

*I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh.*

*16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.*

*$18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.*

*Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg.*

*$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.*

*The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.........*****

*So Government wants us to pay 3 times as much, for a car that costs more that 7 times as much to run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across country..... REALLY ?????*