April 7, 2012
-- by Dave Johnson
The right-wingers smearing the Volt as "flammable" don't get it that cars now run on GASOLINE? Which isn't flammable? HOW many gasoline car fires are there a year? (Hint: the answer is "In 2003-2007, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 287,000 vehicle fires per year. These fires caused an average of 480 civilian deaths, 1,525 civilian injuries, and $1.3 billion in direct property damage annually.")
My favorite right-wing propaganda about the Volt was that it "ran out of juice in the Lincoln Tunnel" on a test drive. Of course, what happened was that the battery ran down and it switched on the gas engine and kept going, but ... whatever. It sure SOUNDS bad.
By the way, to learn about how the right's propaganda machine works, click that link and observe just how many sites repeated the lie.
One more thing about electric cars. Think about this: How often do you need to service your refrigerator motor? You will never have to replace the water pump, or adjust the valves, replace the muffler, etc. New tires and lubrication is about it. One Ford engineer told me they have some electric cars on the track that are over 1 million miles.
Posted by Dave Johnson at April 7, 2012 11:10 AM
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