The way that japan has clawed it's way into high end U.S. manufacturing is currency manipulation. Without it, their market share here would be a fraction of what it is now.
Over the past five years Japan�s currency has been undervalued by a range of 12 to 36 percent. This means a $20,000 car imported from Japan carries a subsidized cost advantage of $2,400 to nearly $8,000 over U.S. cars, and U.S. exports to Japan face the equivalent of a $2,400 to $8,000 yen manipulation �tax.� This yen-driven cost advantage extends to every part imported by Japanese manufacturers for use in their U.S. assembly facilities as well.
The point is, the electric grid is here to equalize loads. We DON'T charge from the sun, usually; if you knew ANYTHING about electric, you'd know that daytime peak period electric is up to 10 times as expensive as off-peak.
We charge off-peak, and we get over 100 miles on the energy equivalent of .8 gallons of gas...the most the RAV4-EV holds is 28 kWh.
You need to refine your rap, you sound stupider than kbodie.
Ford junked almost all of the EV-Rangers, left us less than 100.
Ford was never serious about leasing them, even, and only sold them when drivers staged a sit-in at Senator Ford in Sacramento...
and at that , it took PERSONAL INTERMVENTION BY BILL FORD!
Most of the Ford goofs are as self-destructive as the gm goofs!
Since it uses NO gasoline!
ALL the power comes from credits supplied by our solar rooftop system's production in the day, which pays for our off-peak charging!
mpg? pfagh! NO gallons of gas!
My 1984 Escort fell apart. The power steering pump failed 3 times (we later learned it was a design flaw, but this was before the lemon law). Tranny went out, engine job, bearings, transmission, and that was only 65,000 miles!
It did get about 30 mpg, but NOWHERE near 43!
Now my Toyota Tercel, 1994, did get 46 mpg on the highway, but now, after 150K miles, it only gets 36 mpg.
But really, if you are a gm or Ford buyer, why would you care about mpg?
As gm people say, no one cares about gasoline.
Actually, if you look at the numbers, off-peak electric unused capacity is more than enough to substitute for overseas oil imports.
Look at the website www.DrivingTheFuture.com for one calculation; there are many others.
The reason is simple, practical and theoretical at the same time: EVs go up to 6 miles on 1 kWh of electric juice.
A gasoline car, even the Prius, gets no more than 2 miles per kWh.
And the EV does it WITHOUT OIL!
ALL of the electric power is produced right here in the USA, without need for overseas oil imports!
And the practical capper is, we produce more energy than we used last year, with just a small solar rooftop electric photo-voltaic system.
And the cost of the system is less than our former electric bill.
Figure out how many unused roofs there are in America, and figure out why the oil industry if suppressing solar and EVs.
<<<Ford has a long, long way to go...first step is deciding to make a real PLUG-IN hybrid>>>
Ford has had a Ranger EV for years and the public can actually buy one.
According to a study by Consumer Reports that tested the mileage of vehicles in real world conditions, hybrids had some of the biggest disparities, with fuel economy averaging 19 miles per gallon below the EPA city estimate.