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I am curious about all the hoopla over GM’s electric car that allegedly gets 230 miles per gallon. My curiosity is, where is the electricity to run this car coming from? Forget the per-gallon cost: What about the kilowatt cost? While we are busy switching from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs, unplugging such phantom energy guzzlers as computers, TVs, VCRs, printers, and cell phone chargers when idle in an effort to save electricity, now we plug a 400-pound battery into the socket and run it all night to recharge it? The savings from that little CFL look pretty silly in contrast. The new battery plant for this electric car is producing 70,000 batteries a year. What are we going to do with all those used 400-pound batteries when they need to be replaced?

 

This electric car seems to me to be creating more demand for energy, not less. So, where is the extra electricity we need to recharge these batteries coming from?

-- Jeanne Blackwell - San Luis Obispo

-- Jeanne Blackwell - San Luis Obispo

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