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    Chevy Volt

    Ok, I am usually one to bash American car companies. But Chevy has got their act together, and I really want one of the 2010 Volts.

    NASCAR, meet the electric Chevy Volt - CNN.com

    What does everyone think about a plug in hybrid that can go 40 Miles before even turning on the gasoline engine? This car is going to change the future, I am not sure Chevy will be able to produce enough.

    EDIT: and it actually looks sorta cool.. much better than a Prius.


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    Re: Chevy Volt

    It looks semi-normal...I like it!

    40 miles though would take care of a lot of people's commutes...



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    Re: Chevy Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Ok, I am usually one to bash American car companies. But Chevy has got their act together, and I really want one of the 2010 Volts.

    NASCAR, meet the electric Chevy Volt - CNN.com

    What does everyone think about a plug in hybrid that can go 40 Miles before even turning on the gasoline engine? This car is going to change the future, I am not sure Chevy will be able to produce enough.

    EDIT: and it actually looks sorta cool.. much better than a Prius.
    I'm thinking about giving up the Mustang for this, that is how impressed I am with it. All I need is some engine SFX when it's on battery power.


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    Re: Chevy Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Ok, I am usually one to bash American car companies. But Chevy has got their act together, and I really want one of the 2010 Volts.

    NASCAR, meet the electric Chevy Volt - CNN.com

    What does everyone think about a plug in hybrid that can go 40 Miles before even turning on the gasoline engine? This car is going to change the future, I am not sure Chevy will be able to produce enough.
    EDIT: and it actually looks sorta cool.. much better than a Prius.
    we'll see. when toyota brings out their plug in prius in 2010 (I think) this volt likely won't even dent the prius sales. It is nice an american company is thinking outside the box FINALLY but they are so far behind I am not optimistic they will catch toyota or honda as far as green fuel efficient vehicles. for those that want a green car but refuse to buy anything not made in detroit and instead reward US companies for producing cars we don't want or need this will be a good option.



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    Re: Chevy Volt

    I think it's pretty hideous, though better than a Prius, but there is a lot to like in the drivetrain.

    The Volt does some pretty cool stuff, though. I suspect Chevy will find a way to screw it up somehow, knowing their past, but if they can manage to keep the build quality up, and everything else lives up to the hype, it might be a big success.

    If it turns into a 30k Impala, I think I'll pass. Even if gas was 10 dollars a gallon, I'd come out ahead with my current transportation situation vs. buying a new, 30k car that got even 100MPG.


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    If I could buy it today for 30k I would. I hope it is affordable.


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    Re: Chevy Volt

    I heard that the electricity cost to power it for that first 40 miles is about the equivalent to paying 70-80 cents per gallon for gas. Pretty good deal.



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    Re: Chevy Volt

    I hope this catches on, and I hope they continue to make more improvements. I also hope Chevy can get their act together and become a HUGE player in the cars of the future.

    I have been so frustrated that American auto companies have been lagging behind in a) quality cars, and b) good-looking cars. I just don't understand how they got beat so badly, and I would love for them to get back into the lead.



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    Re: Chevy Volt

    It is nice to see Chevy getting back into the market... they lacked anything appealing at all when I was looking last year. Not sure you'll see me in a Volt when it comes out... but certainly something to consider down the road


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    Re: Chevy Volt

    Has anyone in authority thought through the ramifications of plug in hybrids ?

    I think it is great that automakers are going in this direction but we need to think through the big picture.

    PErsonally I find this intriguing but I don't think I'm going to be first inline to trade in the Acura TL for a Volt..

    1) Roads are funded at least partially by taxes on a gallon of gas. If folks are getting 40 miles free, that is 2 less gallons sold. Multiply that by millions and we have a serious funding shortfall.

    2) If we lower gas demand, does it also bring down the price of Diesel with it ? If it doesn't, shipping or harvesting stuff doesn't get any cheaper

    3) If a plug in hybird runs silently on battery, how are we going to keep <EDIT> BLIND </EDIT> folks safe.

    4) How do we handle all the old batteries in a decade ? Can a non dealer service this thing ? Are emergency services equiped to handle an electric car (seriously, if the jaws of life hit a power supply...)

    5) How long does the battery last?

    6) what is the impact on our already overtaxed US Electrical grid ?

    7) Is electricity cleaner than burning gas in a lowe emission gas engine ? I would guess it is, but...

    Again, I think it is great that automakers are starting to show results of electric cars and battery technology, but we need to think through all of this so we just dont move the problem. For example, Are high gas prices more acceptable than blackouts because of more electrical demand ?


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    Re: Chevy Volt

    Pass. I'll keep driving the Denali.



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    Re: Chevy Volt

    Our aging and inadequate electrical grid is enough for a whole other topic right there...

    Battery life would be a concern for me. Would the savings on gas equal the cost of replace the battery pack every so often? Also, will that 40 mpc be consistent, or will that start to drop off after so many charges?


    Still a lot of questions.

    Still nice to see Chevy getting with the market though (I love my Hyundai but there is something to be said for supporting your country's economy)


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    Re: Chevy Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    we'll see. when toyota brings out their plug in prius in 2010 (I think) this volt likely won't even dent the prius sales. It is nice an american company is thinking outside the box FINALLY but they are so far behind I am not optimistic they will catch toyota or honda as far as green fuel efficient vehicles. for those that want a green car but refuse to buy anything not made in detroit and instead reward US companies for producing cars we don't want or need this will be a good option.
    Hilarious, considering Toyota was saying a year or two there was no way GM could accomplish this. Never mind the fact it's pretty much the exact same car they had 10 years ago, just now they have an actual honest-to-goodness market where they can reasonably turn a profit. Now Toyota's jumping into the game, beat to the punch for the first time in decades. Now Toyota (and apparently their blind loyalists) turn to the "bash the American auto maker" tactic just so they can feel better about themselves.


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    Re: Chevy Volt

    if it looked anything like the concept I'd be intrigued. looks like crap though.






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    Re: Chevy Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Hilarious, considering Toyota was saying a year or two there was no way GM could accomplish this. Never mind the fact it's pretty much the exact same car they had 10 years ago, just now they have an actual honest-to-goodness market where they can reasonably turn a profit. Now Toyota's jumping into the game, beat to the punch for the first time in decades. Now Toyota (and apparently their blind loyalists) turn to the "bash the American auto maker" tactic just so they can feel better about themselves.
    I am not bashing the american auto maker to make myself feel better. They make horrible cars with horrible gas milage and need lots of repairs...THAT IS WHY THEY ARE GOING BROKE! If chevy made a car with the same safety data, fuel economy, and low maintanence needs as toyota I would absolutely love to buy from them. Until they do I won't give them money for a car that basically tells them it is okay to build crap I will buy it anyway just because it was made here.



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