they should be paying a tax. they pay no road tax due to not using gas
it need to be made up someplace
I agree it's bad policy to subsidize EVs. You are just moving emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack of a coal powerplant. You are also minining for all the chemcials needed to make the battery. Toyota has been reluctant to produce a battery electric vehicles as their home market in Japan can't support the additional electricity use (their electrical grid was strained due to a nuclear plant being down and only having so much coal capacity).
Greeness or not, the federal subsidies exist. The Republicans had a chance to remove them with the tax overall but didn't. California's separate emissions requirements require automakers to produce vehicles that don't produce emissions or buy credits from others. California also provides HOV stickers driving up demand for EVs.
FCA is likely producing an electric renegade and compass to maximize the federal and California incentives. No need to make a more expensive battery that what is required to max out incentives.
FCA is operating rationally given the regulatory environment, but I agree the regulatory environment is well intentioned but has poor policy ramifications.
Well sure but if this is the only performance upgrade they are offering in the compass, whats a guy to do? Stick with the anemic 180 HP 2.4, or go for a 240 HP gas/electric combo? They will never offer a V6 in this compass, that I am certain of.
A 1.3L would be lucky for them to bless it to 1000 lbs towing capacity. Who knows what it could really pull, but undoubtedly the official numbers will be either very low or "towing not recommended" like they did on the 1.4L Renegade.
You can get 36MPG if you know how to drive efficiently. There are multiple reports of people doing it.
I'm not a committed hyper-miler, but I like to maximize my fuel economy. Too many hills and curves around here to get those max figures some of you are getting, but tonight coming back from up north I averaged 30.5 MPG doing 70MPH on the interstate. I notice that as the temps have risen above zero F and into the 30s, my fuel economy has gone up a couple MPG. Can't wait to get the snow tires off, but I was glad I had them this morning. Probably another month on that.
I also noticed on the last leg of the trip I dropped my speed down to 55-60MPG and I gained another 1/2 MPG. Temp and speed play a significant role.