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Electric Cart Before the Horse

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By Doug Powers  •  June 26, 2010 09:00 AM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

The luxury of being the owners of Government Motors is that you can use taxpayer money in an attempt to create the conditions that will increase your market share, and if it doesn’t work, who cares? It’s not your money:

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is using more than $500,000 in federal stimulus money to build at least 64 charging stations for electric vehicles.

The stations will be located in parking garages in Baltimore and elsewhere along Interstate 95.
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General Motors Co. is preparing to roll out the Chevrolet Volt later this year, with automakers following with their own electric vehicles soon after. Maryland officials hope public charging stations will encourage consumers to buy the cars.

Another word for “public charging stations” could be “outlets,” but that doesn’t sound worth over a half million dollars.

Economists refer to this approach as “power supply & demand.”

There is precedent for it, however. Eco-revisionist history books inform us that Henry Ford convinced the government to build a few thousand gas stations in order to encourage people to buy cars he hadn’t even manufactured yet.

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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