- Rochester has only a few dozen electric vehicles on the road, but the state is awarding the city 24 charging stations at a cost of $228,000. The Democrat and Chronicle reports:
State officials touted the move as a way to lower emissions in New York and promote energy efficiency.
But the high costs of electric and hybrid vehicles have limited their use.
On Wednesday, Honda announced its Fit electric car will get the equivalent of 118 mpg. But at $29,125 after a $7,500 federal tax credit, the electric Fit has an estimated price tag nearly twice as high as the gasoline-powered version. It would take 11 years before a driver makes up the difference and begins saving on fuel.
Some suggest if you build it, they will come. But the math shows the bigger barrier to entry is cost and technology, not the lack of charging stations.
Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before these stations will be needed, but that time could be a long way off. The U.S. is far short of its goal of having one million electric cars on the road by 2015, reports CBS News:
To get to one million, the White House pinned its hopes on 11 models of electric vehicles – including the Karma. Our CBS News investigation found that six of the 11 — Ford Focus, Ford Transit Connect, Fisker Nina/Atlantic, Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster and Think City — either haven’t made their first delivery, stopped production, or are already out of business.
What happened? The U.S. provided grants that tied the battery makers to aggressive timetables, requiring each to achieve production and staffing targets that would supply tens of thousands of vehicles a year. But those production timetables weren’t linked to market demand, leading to a shakeout among suppliers.
I’m all for electric cars (even if it means I have to give up my beloved stick shift one day). But installing charging stations before there is demand seems silly. Charging stations won’t create demand. Car companies that come out with better, cheaper electric vehicles will.
- Rochester is one of the top 25 Brainiest Cities in the U.S., according to a study that looked at how we perform on certain mind games.
- The state senate GOP is blocking the governor’s proposal to decriminalize marijuana. The governor would make it a violation to have 25 grams of pot or less. Majority Leader Dean Skelos said:
“Being able to just walk around with 10 joints in each ear and only being a violation I think that’s wrong.”
- It’s LPGA week in Rochester. Will our city continue to host a major championship for the tour?
- In a follow-up to the Destiny USA fallout, the Syracuse Post-Standard explains why this is such a farce for taxpayers. This quote expresses the sentiment of many:
“Obviously, Mr. Congel feels he doesn’t have to pay taxes because he’s part of the 1 percent,” (Pat) Hogan said. “Many people in the community are going to be pretty angry and upset about this. And I am, too.”