2013 Ford C-MAX Energi

Ford C-MAX Energi plug in hybrid breaks the $30K barrier

A new C-MAX Energi now costs about the same as the Tesla Models S battery upgrade which leads to the question, why are US taxpayer dollars being used to fund cars for millionaires.

Ford has done something almost unthinkable until recently. It has now set the price of its plug in electric hybrid (PIH), which is capable of travelling fully 20 miles on electric power only, at $29,995.00. That price does include the federal tax credit and your locality may give you more of your neighbor’s money to buy this vehicle. The fact that what amounts to an electric car is now available at under $30K is so amazing it makes one wonder, why are the American taxpayers funding toy cars for millionaires and billionaires?

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American taxpayers are funding electric cars because (take your pick): A. They have no idea how their money is wasted by their representatives B. They are "on the take" receiving some benefit of that money, such as working for a car company or leveraging the subsidized price on products that they couldn't otherwise afford C. They are members of the religious cult of environmentalism D. They like waste, fraud and abuse, as demonstrated by centuries of tolerating it E. They have bought the argument that electric cars are "the future" and don't want to be seen as fuddy-duddies F. They think electricity grows on trees G. They want more mercury and lead in their drinking water; it improves the taste and prevents them from having to endure government health care by shortening their lives I could go on, but the options are endless. My particular choice is B. We've reached a point where more than half of Americans are milking the system for something, so they don't care if some people get their piece thru electric cars, free health care, cheap college tuition, whatever, so long as "they get theirs."
The NUMMI plant that Tesla now owns was abandoned first when GM went bankrupt, then second by Toyota who couldn't afford to keep it open when GM bailed out. Because Tesla reopened the plant for car manufacturing, the company has been able to start rehiring the workers GM and Toyota laid off. The standard battery on the Model S is good for 160 miles, which is quite impressive compared to the other electric cars. But Tesla, being Tesla, goes for the no compromise electric car, and developed one with a 300 mile range.

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