Monday, September 13, 2010

Now That's Efficiency!

From CNBC: Senator Carl Levin will attend A123 Systems' opening of its new car battery plant today in Livonia, Michigan. It will provide 3000 jobs...provided by $2.4B of Federal Stimulus Ham. That's a paltry $800K per job. Observers of the electric car business note that there may already exist a substantial surplus in electric car battery production in the U.S. Levin's answer: more Federal Ham to pay folks to buy electric cars. The Chevy Volt will start at a list price $40K. Will Uncle Sam throw in $10K of that to make them competitive with comparable vehicles with conventional power plants?

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