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The Twenty Percent President on the Chevy Volt

J. Galt Wrote: Aug 18, 2013 10:29 PM
I am not wealthy enough to buy an Chevy Volt that I cannot actually drive anywhere. Owning one is a political statement, not an economically feasible own. Work is too far (more than 20 miles} weather is too hot/cold for battery life. Counting the cost of charging and replacing the battery in 5-8 years; the cost of ownership greatly exceeds a conventional car. Not to mention I greatly dislike the Chevy Cruise from which it is based. Too small of an interior for my body to fit comfortably; the corner of the rear door nearly impales me when open the door, the ride if rough, and unlikely to survive an accident with a normal side car.
ttrinh Wrote: Aug 28, 2013 6:37 PM
Oh now we only have to replace our battery every 5-8 years? But Carl265 said we have to replace every 3 years.

LogicDesigner Wrote: Aug 18, 2013 10:43 PM
You don't have to worry about not being able to get anywhere since the Volt includes a gasoline engine. It has a battery with 38 miles electric range and a gas tank with 340 miles gasoline range.

The battery has an eight year warranty so any (hypothetical) replacements before then will be free. Regardless, the battery doesn't just stop working, it just slowly loses capacity over time. In other words, over the course of thirty years, it slowly turns into a conventional car (remember, it has a gasoline engine and fuel tank). It loses capacity much slower than other lithium-ion batteries because it only uses the least-degrading portion of the battery.

After the $7,500 federal rebate, the Volt is $6,000 more than a comparable conventional car. If you drive 40 miles a day, you will save around $1000 a year using electricity instead of gasoline. So it will take six years to pay off and after that you can take that $1000 a year to the bank.