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Old 03-28-2012, 01:03 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I sat in one at the stealership; didn't like all the video games on the dash but I guess that's everything these days. Other than that my impression was that it looks nice; perhaps a bit small inside.

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:29 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:39 PM   #23 (permalink)
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For me, it would be tough to decide between the Volt and the Leaf. I like both.

Ideally, someone would design an all electric with the shape of the Insight.

Maybe I'll have to convert mine to electric someday.

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For me, it would be tough to decide between the Volt and the Leaf. I like both.
Not a difficult decision for me. The Volt will never pay for itself. It doesn't make sense to have essentially 2 power systems in 1 vehicle from a maintenance, reliability, economy, or financial standpoint. You would be better off buying a cheaper gasoline only vehicle that gets good mileage.

The electric only has credibility. For families with 2 cars, one of them could be electric for commuting, getting groceries, errands, etc. The other would be gas and would be used whenever both vehicles are needed at the same time, or for trips exceeding the range of the electric.

The Leaf interests me, but it's too expensive, too new (too ugly), and isn't appropriate for a single guy like me. Maybe when (if) I'm married...
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The numbers are actually fairly (great word) accurate. Apart from the cost of the hydro to charge the battery that is. A simply error with a decimal point? perhaps on purpose by the Author who may be venting his displeasure with the volt.

Crunching the numbers before a purchase seems like a good idea to me. Thanx
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Here is a link to a favorable review of the Volt done by Popular Mechanics where they find the car gets 32 mpg city. Whats with that ? just about any car on the road gets that kind of mileage.
Perhaps the car should be branded to people who want the latest gadget more then the greatest economy


I think they should make it with a 600 mile / 1000 km range and be fully electric.
Then with about 5 Grand of solar panels and batteries you have your own charge station.
$5000 divide by 4 years or 48 months would cost
$104.166667 dollars per month to operate. Crunching those numbers it actually make sense to invest in your own charge station,the batteries should last 5 or more years at the charge station.

Popular Mechanics Finds Chevrolet Volt Gets 32 MPG City and 36 MPG Highway in Extended Range Mode
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Here is a link to a favorable review of the Volt done by Popular Mechanics where they find the car gets 32 mpg city. Whats with that ? just about any car on the road gets that kind of mileage.
That's only if you don't plug it in, the whole car is designed around the idea that the gas engine will rarely be used and if you look at the average persons needs, the gas engine should only start up a few times per year.
How often does the gas engine on your car start?
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Here is a link to a favorable review of the Volt done by Popular Mechanics where they find the car gets 32 mpg city. Whats with that ? just about any car on the road gets that kind of mileage.
Perhaps the car should be branded to people who want the latest gadget more then the greatest economy
Are you trying not to get it on purpose?
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Frank Lee I just can not take you seriously at all.
nothing wrong with your interest, frankly, Frank its that hat your wearing.
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That's only if you don't plug it in, the whole car is designed around the idea that the gas engine will rarely be used and if you look at the average persons needs, the gas engine should only start up a few times per year.
How often does the gas engine on your car start?
For a person who is retired or works close too home and does not go out a lot it may well be as you claim.
Outside of those ideal conditions the Volt falls miserable on its face, but i do not need to tell you that I am sure you must understand that as well.
After all it can only travel 33 miles on its battery.
my point is the car sucks.

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