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Everyone I have heard seems to believe that the low oil prices are temporary. Can you provide a link to an article stating that OPEC has "committed" to the current state of affairs for the foreseeable future? That being said, no doubt there have been a lot of people jumping at the opportunity to buy a gas guzzler in the last several months, and hybrids and plug-ins have suffered. The reason I brought up the (non plug-in) Prius is that after it came out nearly 15 years ago, its sales for the first few years were similar to how plug-ins are doing now. Yet in 2013, though it might not have been in the top 20, the Prius was #25, which is not bad for a single line of cars from a single manufacturer. In 2014 it did worse, largely due to gas prices, but also due to potential Prius buyers buying plug-in cars instead. I was talking to an auto journalist and he seemed to think that the 2016 Volt could likely be priced at $30,000 before incentives. If gas prices return to previous levels, then with the $7,500 federal incentive and a $1,000 to $5,000 state incentive ($2,500 in my home, the bright-red state of Texas), a commuting driver can save a lot of money over the life of the vehicle.
(continued from previous comment) I know there is a lot of GM hate out there, but it is a *very* well engineered car. Unfortunately, too many conservative news sites are so dead set on getting conservative politicians elected, that they are willing to latch onto any political issue that might be helpful without looking at why those politicians are making their stance, especially when it comes to electric cars. There is far too much oil industry campaign money, especially from the Koch brothers, for a conservative politician to be anything except anti-EV. Just think about the nightmares it must give the oil industry to think about everyone in America and Europe having a car that would allow them to drive 90% of the time on electricity. For me, after been fooled into believing that our reasons for starting the Iraq War had nothing to do with oil, I'm ready to see that trillion dollar and thousands-of-deaths boondoggle never happen again. That is why I think spending a couple billion in subsidies is well worth it to make the change happen sooner than later.
First of all, I want to say that I appreciate the civil manner in which you responded. The vile vitriol that is regularly spewed by those who often claim to be conservative Christians is pretty disgusting. I was wondering if you could expand on your comment that you have, "known too many Volt owners who have massive issues with their cars." I have spent a lot of time on electric car forums and I have honestly never heard of anything like this. There have not been any systemic issues with the Volt that I know of, so I'm interested in where you are hearing this. Furthermore, the Volt has gotten the highest satisfaction rating on owner surveys of any car that GM has *ever* made. The Consumer Reports survey asks owners of various car models, "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?". Volt owners are largely responding, "definitely yes". http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1080762_chevy-volt-electric-car-has-highest-customer-satisfaction-scores-again Regarding your concern with charge distance and recharge time, as you say, it is an issue for *other* electric car owners. This is because, of course, the Volt includes a gasoline engine for whenever the battery is low. It basically turns into a regular gasoline car after the 40 mile electric battery is discharged. You never have to worry about charging anywhere but your garage overnight. "We haven't even gone into the battery system and its cost for replacement / disposal. That is just another winner." Actually, it *is* a winner for the Volt. Contrary to all the fear-mongering that you may have seen on sites like Townhall.com, the lithium ion batteries in the Volt are very different than the ones in your smartphone and laptop. The battery state of charge window is limited to between 30% and 80% and the battery pack is actively liquid cooled. This has turned out to be the magic bullet when it comes to battery life, as Volt owners who have had their cars for four years now are reporting virtually no battery capacity loss. Regarding capabilities, since a Volt has a gas engine, it can do everything a regular gas car can, as well as allow you to drive your first 40 (and now 50 in the 2016 model) miles every day on electricity. (continued in next comment)
I saw how the sentence was worded. "Most" means more than half; more than 50%. If he had said, a "plurality" of electricity in the U.S. is produced by coal, then he would have been truthful. The reality is that *most* electricity, i.e. 60%, is produced by sources that are much, much cleaner than coal.
I actually plan on buying a Volt as my next car. However, nowhere did I advocate that everyone else "must" follow my lead. I swear, people like you see communists under every rock. Step back, take a deep breath, and read more carefully. I've voted Republican all my life, even for GWB. I also supported the Iraq war, at first. Many of us, including myself, were fooled into believing that the allure of cheap oil was not a motivating factor. A trillion dollars later, with thousands of dead soldiers, 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians, and a crapstorm that continues to rage, I'm ready to be done with our dependence on Jihad Juice. One of the biggest EV advocates I know is a Desert Storm veteran with an NRA bumper sticker on the back of his Volt. No one is forcing you to agree with me.
After the battery is drained in a Volt, it switches to a gasoline engine with a 340 mile gas tank.
I see that since you were not able to address the points of my argument, you resorted to ad hominem attacks. I too am a degreed engineer, of the electrical variety, specializing in digital logic design. If you have anything intelligent to say regarding the issue at hand, let us know. Otherwise, I'll leave you to your childish banter.
It is eight hours when you use your garage charger. Tesla has installed superchargers spaced out along freeways that can charge to 80% in 30 minutes. http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
Nah, I would be driving a Volt and probably out-accelerate you from the stop light. And if I need to go visit grandma, it has a gasoline engine and a 340 mile gas tank built in.
For a pure electric car that is not a Tesla, you are right, there can be a problem with finding a free charging station. With a Tesla, however, they have stations conveniently spaced along highways with several stalls per station. http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger However, with a Volt you never need to charge anywhere besides your garage. Your first 40 miles of driving every day is pure electric, and if you need to go farther it has a 340 mile gas tank. Since 78% of Americans drive less than 40 miles round-trip on their daily commute, most of us can do nearly all of our driving on electricity, while having a gasoline engine in reserve if we need to go farther. After rebates, you can get a new Volt here in Texas for $25,000. The 2016 Volt will have an extra ten miles of electric range and is expected to be a few thousand dollars cheaper.
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