Posted by: Rational Voice | July 31, 2010

Chevy Volt Shorting Out

Since I posted about the Chevy Volt the other day I’ve come across more commentary on it and what a flop it is going to be. This is a forced solution and it won’t work. They rarely do. Electric cars may be the wave of the future, but that future is not yet here. We don’t have the technology for it yet, but we will have it some day because someone will finally figure it out. Also, as this piece from the NY Times points out, it’s more expensive than what it’s really worth. You’re paying a lot for nothing. In addition, this piece from the Daily Beast also points out the high cost for no return and also that while the electric car has been a dream for a century, in reality we aren’t a whole lot closer to it today than we were back then. We’ve made huge strides, it’s just a tough goal to achieve. Like I’ve said though, we will get there and I have no doubts that it will be an American who does it, because that is what we do an who we are. We are innovators and problems solvers. If there was a viable answer for this, we would have already had it.

Rush Limbaugh talked not only about the Volt at length today, but also about GM and our government’s control of it. He, like aways, was spot on in his commentary. It’s long and talks about more than I care to get into at the moment but I suggest you give it a read.

Don’t get me wrong on any of this. I think the Volt is a good idea; however, I don’t think it should be anything more than a concept car. This should be a stepping stone to an answer instead of answer. If this is the answer though, we answered this question wrong.

Update: Here is another piece dissing the Volt, bringing up the fact that not only does it require premium for the gas engine, but the fact that it requires a gas engine at all. What is the point then, especially since it only gets 40 miles per charge?

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  1. Not sure why you don’t see the beauty of the Volt. For the daily commute, it is a electric vehicle that uses zero foreign oil. For longer trips it switches back to the ICE engine, no worse than we are today.

    Also building great EVs is not going to come from waiting around for the best idea. It will come from building them and getting the experience of building volume.

    • I don’t see the beauty of it because of the reasons I outlined here: https://sonsofliberty1787.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/chevy-volt/

    • And here is more why I hate the Volt. It’s because it’s a fraud.

      http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=19971

      It’s not an electric car but rather a hybrid because “Volt engineers are now admitting that when the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery pack runs down and at speeds near or above 70 miles per hour (mph), the Volt’s gasoline engine will directly drive the front wheels along with the electric motors.” Also “Popular Mechanics found the Volt to get about 37.5 miles per gallon in city driving.” And not to mention that “Motor Trend reports: “Without any plugging in, (a weeklong trip to Grandma’s house) should return fuel economy in the high 30s to low 40s.”

      I know people who have Jetta TDIs that get about 60mpg and they don’t have to spend extra on electricity to charge the damn thing. Oh and as for the whole it can go 40 miles on a charge, well that’s been refuted: Car and Driver reported that “getting on the nearest highway and commuting with the 80 mph flow of traffic — basically the worst-case scenario — yielded 26 miles; a fairly spirited backroad loop netted 31; and a carefully modulated cruise below 60 mph pushed the figure into the upper 30s.”

      That’s why I hate your precious Volt. That’s why I don’t see the “beauty” of it but rather see it as the ugly, overpriced fraud it is. If it gives you piece of mind to drive it, cool, I don’t care, more power to you. But don’t force this bullshit on the world. All these so-called things to save the earth are doing more to harm it. Read up on the pieces I’ve written on ethanol. I bet you love that stuff, don’t you?


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