Chevy Volt - What is GM doing?

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    They stated they had a goal of 10K by the end of the year, but they tested in only 7 markets (mostly CA and NY). They have produced about 300 per month and have sold those easily! At 300 a month the best the could produce in a year is 3600 cars, well short of 10K.

    By contrast, Nissan is selling 1,300 Leafs a year. The market is there, yet GM is holding back! Not quite understanding it.

    I think the electric car is the future, but I am anxious to get that future started now!

     
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    Your masters will need to get gas to $10 a gal and THEN they'll buy up stock in e-car companies but not Chebby.Basically you'll be forced to drive electric unless, like me, you make your own biodiesel. I do have an electric Gemcar ( Chrysler) but it's more golf cart than car.
    Mitsubishi i-MiEV now on sale in Costa Rica
     
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    Note that the demand requires incentives, without which the volt demand would probably be far less. I also wonder if the plants full capacity is availible, or planned. Maybe they are only running 1 or 2 production lines due to profitability.

    As for the limited markets, it may have to do with the required dealer infrastructure. As a new tech you will be reliant on the dealer to do your repairs in the beginning, and those mechanics need to be trained up, and the proper equipment bought by dealers in the area.
     
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    These electric cars don't work very well. Some of them have an unfortunate tendency to explode in the garage.

    Owning a Volt or a Leaf means you are a real true believer, and live someplace where you don't have to travel very far to go from place to place.
     
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    Let's face it. The automobile industry does not want to build a VIABLE electric car. If they did, they would have done it 40 years ago.

    The Volt and Leaf are no better than the electric cars that were experimented with in the 1970s. The JOKE is that with electric cars, there is still that dependence on fossil fuels, and that dependence can never be fully "disconnected".

    The technology is there. The technology is viable. I know. I am involved in an electric car project that DESTROYS the Volt and Leaf in technology, simplicity, and viability, and at a very affordable pricetag. The difference is that I REFUSE to accept taxpayer money to finance the project.
     
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    How do you charge it during a brown-out ?
     
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    If it were viable, there would be corporate execs beating the doors down to fund it.

    No need for gov't subsides. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    With turds?
     
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    Who Killed the Electric Car?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39K36Rw7LYc"]Who Killed the Electric Car?[/ame]
     
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