The Chevy Volt & You

Posted: August 11, 2009
The Chevy Volt & You

Chris Hardwick and Sam Abuelsamid from AutoblogGreen.com take a hard look at Chevy's new electric car, Volt, with its impressive 230 MPG rating and what this debut can mean for you as an eco-friendly, hybrid-driving consumer--maybe even as a polluting, disel-truck driving one.

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  • caggles

    @zaxous -- two thumbs up. This is the third blurb I've come across today alone about the Chevy Volt, when for $10000 more you can get a Tesla Model S, which is not only a nicer car in terms of luxury, but goes between 4 and almost 8 times as far on a single charge.

    and @jcorcione -- of COURSE it's for the elite. This is a relatively new technology (er, a relatively new to mainstream technology, anyways), so naturally it'll be expensive in the beginning. As it becomes more widespread, the tech will improve and get cheaper (as it always does). Look at pretty much every kind of mobile technology: they went through exactly the same process in the span of a few years, and they did it without the huge government incentives being placed on these green cars. Besides, I've heard whispers of a Tesla economy car running at around the $20k mark that they'll hopefully announce by the end of this year, so hopefully a more mainstream electric car will be out soon.

    Posted: August 12, 2009 1:42 PM
  • jcorcione

    This really upsets me. Great for mileage saving gas or not having to need to get gas. But 40k for a green car. Definitely for the Liberal elite. Can't afford 40k. 7500 tax credit still does not help.

    Posted: August 12, 2009 12:17 PM
  • Zaxous

    And people are claiming that evs have a problem because you can't charge on the fly and go, like filling up your tank. But the Model S lets you switch batteries on the fly, so I could get from LA to NY with 10 batteries.

    Posted: August 12, 2009 4:03 AM
  • Zaxous

    I'm sad that Tesla Motors doesn't get as much attention as GM or Ford... Tesla model S has a max range of 300 miles or so with NO GAS.

    Posted: August 12, 2009 3:55 AM
  • shin0bi272

    the claims by GM are inflated. The thing has a total range of 340 miles combined gas and battery. The gas engine is a 1.0L 3cyl turbocharged engine making 71hp. Also there are no "different" lithium ion batteries like the green fuel website guy claimed. There is only a different size and configuration of the same battery tech. The GM rep himself said on the news they wont make any profit on them for years and that they had not yet even priced replacing the battery because they hadn't planned that far out yet. Great example of why no one buys a GM vehicle anymore... outrageous claims that they cant back up for a car that looks mediocre at best.

    Posted: August 12, 2009 2:02 AM