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Washington Post article on EV incentives

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by Only Trons, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. Only Trons

    Only Trons Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    An recent article in the Washington Post written by Anton Ovchinnikov and Gal Raz discusses the tweaking of incentives for EVs, such as manufacturer subsidies or tax credits.

    I am not offering an opinion; just posting this for others to read if they wish. URL is listed below.

  2. RichardC

    RichardC Cdn Sig & Solar Supporter

    Oct 27, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    To put this in context, the average ICE vehicle will emit approximately 100 Tonnes of CO2 during its life (20 years times 5 Tonnes per year). At the most recently estimated cost of around $200 / Tonne, the no cost dumping of CO2 amounts to an unreimbursed lifetime subsidy to the manufacturer / fuel supplier / owner equal to approximately $20,000. The lifetime emissions costs of ICE vehicles make the subsidies of EVs look modest by the comparison.
  3. macpacheco

    macpacheco Member

    Feb 13, 2014
    Correct me if I'm wrong...
    EV subsidies in most countries is temporary. Like for the first 100k or 200k cars per auto maker.
    Its a bone to seed the market. Tesla will make millions of EVs for USA delivery alone, when you dilute the total subsidies over millions, its chump change.
    Plus in the case of Tesla, the % of car cost of the incentive is low, so the net cost for the Federal govt is even lower (somebody must earn the money to pay for it).

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