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Chevy Volt Follows Stupid 2012 with Stupider 2013

mkat68 Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 10:32 PM
1. Electric cars will only replace gasoline cars when they are as powerful, efficient, and cost-effective. The press has been saying for 100 years now that electric cars will replace gasoline cars - hasn't happened yet. 2. The infrastructure to support the gasoline car has been in place for over 100 years, and cannot be dismantled overnight. Likewise, the infrastructure to support the electric car will not appear overnight. 3. Putting more electric cars on the road means an additional burden on a power grid that is already being pushed to its limits, yet the Obama administration is determined to shut down every non-"green" power plant in the country. Increasing the demand for electricity while shutting down power plants is not smart.
wbiber Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 2:15 PM
Actually, I have all the 'infrastructure' I need for my Volt- a power line running to my house.

My power company gives me a big discount for recharging during the night so I don't add to peak demand or require additional power plants.
My Volt is set to recharge from 2A-6a every night.
emarineves Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 12:54 PM
1. Battery technology has finally reached a tipping point. The Volt is the first car without range anxiety (gas backup) with a large enough range to actually make it an effective electric car.

2. Actually, the electric infrastructure is doing fine for vehicles. We'll need more public charging stations, and with a growing market it'll come. (at $1/hour charging, private owners will make a lot of money.)

3. There is plenty of grid capacity for non-peak charging, which is when vehicles tend to charge. Plus electric vehicles will eventually be useful for balancing the grid, providing additional battery reserve during peak periods. Do your research.
Bruce1739 Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 12:39 PM
How far will the Volt go on battery power with the headlights on high beam climbing up a 5% grade in below zero weather with the defrosters, heater, seat heaters, rear window defogger, rear view mirror heaters, stereo system, GPS etc all turned on. My present car has all of these thing and I find them valuable. I do this style of driving about 50% of the year.

Is a car that is not suited to 90% of its potential market ever going to succeed without massive thefts from the taxpayers who do not want or like this "solution"

After a year that can only be described as “stupid,” the Chevy Volt is gearing up to make 2013 even stupider still.

I know, I know.

You find it hard to believe that a mostly-owned subsidiary of the United States government and the Obama administration- like GM is- could get any stupider than say Fannie Mae, or Federal Reserve Bank.

Yes, that’s tough competition, but in the “idiocy” category GM seems to be the ruling champion.  

Not only have they lost substantial amounts of taxpayer dollars, they have managed to do it while generating record profits...