• fb_596961540 avatar Vitally Posted: 2/8/2013 12:48pm PST

    The Automotive Industry is sponsored by 2 Entities , one is the Petroleum industry as a whole the Cartel and the Governments that collect fuel taxes .Soon it will come to a point that they will give you a free car so you can spend your money to buy expensive fuel as a tax a revenue to the Top Tier " Controllers ". You probably will spend over 500 thousand dollars on average in a couple decades for fuel regardless what the cost was on that vehicle , add to that insurance , license , repair and maintenance cost,traffic fines and parking tickets , collision and auto body expenses . Add more on Parking and shelter , garage fees toll charges , winter tires . Add all this up and you will find out that the cost of the transportation is enormous.

  • fb_664517562 avatar Doug Posted: 2/9/2013 12:32pm PST

    This is perfect data to support CAFE as a national policy. The market is too inefficient to steer us out of petro reliance unless we tax like crazy and no politician wants to do that.

  • Charger avatar Charger Posted: 2/12/2013 1:22pm PST

    I think that implying "that no amount of price hikes will increase the rate at which consumers switch to hybrids and electric cars" is a bit of a stretch. I think that American consumers just have a hard time justifying the extra expense for electrics and hybrids at the current fuel prices, but if those prices were to hit a much more painful level, the initial sticker pain would be outweighed by the long-term pain at the pump. There is a similar problem justifying the purchase of diesels, though there is a double-whammy: The engines are much more expensive and the fuel is $0.50 more per gallon, but the additional efficiency is modest. People don't like having their pockets hurt coming and going.