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Re: [EVDL] Worst enemy of EV market success is their "friend"

Marc, Reminds me of a fleet owned by an electric utility that purchased
several modified to plug-in hybrids years ago. The Fleet Manager recommended
not buying any more as there was no increase in fuel savings. Eventually one
of the drivers revealed that they didn't recharge at night, just refueled
with gas each morning.

Here, in Orlando, Florida, the electric utility is having 10 hybrids
converted to Plug-In in this 2010-2011 fiscal year... for use by Managers
and other supervisors

On another tack, if the surplus hybrids can be purchased cheep enough, just
strip them out like a fork lift and use the electrics to convert ICE
Vehicles to pure Electric!!
Regards,
Dennis Miles
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Marc de Piolenc <[email protected]>wrote:

> From Bloomberg:
>
> "President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of
> the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he
> took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes.
> The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government
> fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal
> years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in
> that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a
> Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted
> for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed. The
> government is boosting investment in a technology that has failed to win
> broad acceptance after more than a decade in the marketplace. Consumer
> sales of hybrids are headed for their third consecutive yearly decline."
>
> Ain't it great? The car companies don't feel they need any market
> feedback - all they have to do is produce what the government tells them
> to, and they're guaranteed at least a token level of sale, and the
> security of their "green" credentials in the bargain.
>
> And guess what happens in five years. That's right - most of those
> vehicles "sold" to the taxpayers will hit the surplus auctions (maybe
> sooner, if they get the kind of abuse that I expect). That will pretty
> well kill any real market that hybrids may have at that point. Jobbers
> will buy them up for peanuts, cannibalize them, fix them up and dump
> them on the market...and soon, there won't be any new vehicle sales to
> speak of.
>
> I was wrong about quasi-religious advocacy killing electrics this time
> around. This time, it's the government that will kill them in the name
> of going green.
>
> The only good thing about all this is that those consumers (mostly fleet
> operators, I expect) who really WANT electrics and hybrids will have to
> go to private converters and restorers. Some of the people on this list
> will do well.
>
> Marc
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