Why bother with that when you can get a VW diesel getting 45-50 mpg and you don't have to screw around with plugging them in? A lot less expensive car to boot. Consumer driven market regards
The whole point is to move away from oil depency, if possible, and to reduce emissions. If I just wanted better fuel economy, I can get 38 mpg hwy. (40 mpg hwy. with a manual trans) with a Chevy Cruze Eco, and it has a larger interior than Jetta, costs less, and I wouldnít have to find stations that sold diesel fuel.
Electrification of cars is new technology. It certainly isnít perfect, but it is evolving. Eventually, you will probably see electric pickups and SUVs. If I can run around town in a Suburban without burning any gas, and still have all of its capacity and capabilities for hunting, fishing and training dogs, Iíll buy one. And, if I can still get about 300 miles on 9 gallons of gas, like I can with Volt, why would I want a VW diesel?
Because the VW doesn't cost $42k.
Because electricity comes from somewhere (either coal, natural gas, or nuclear).
Because I'm not creating and then having to do something with the toxins created by making and disposing of a gigantic battery.
If we would "drill baby drill" we wouldn't be dependent on foreign oil.
The Volt will go the way of GM's 1970's 4/6/8 cylinder engine and their Quadrasteer rear axle. It's nothing more than a solution looking for a problem.
I recently sold a vw Jetta 5 speed diesel. 50mpg every tank. $20,000 car. I bought it when I had to do a 60 mile commute every day. I no longer do that. I'll tell you though, for the price, low maintenance and dependability, it was tough to beat.
I just came back from Bass Pro in Nashville. They had a Bad Boy Buggy. 4 wheel drive multi seat atv. Electric. had 6 batteries under the seat. For about the same price you can get a polaris ranger gas. The electric vehicle has a range of 16-23 miles. The gas vehicles can go as fas as you want if you carry extra fuel. For most big game hunters out west, I can't see the electric vehicle being an option. I used to go further one way with my Argo than the range of the Bad Boy Buggy. Too bad, because I like the fact that they are quiet.
We are not going to get away from oil & gas any time soon, but if there is a demand for electric (which I really dont see right now) the private market will work it out. We don't need, Obamacare for our vehicles too...
What was the purpose of Quadrasteer and what replaced it?
Two more GM "reversals" were their trend toward digital IP displays in the mid-80s that went the way of the dinosaur and the "heads up" display that projected onto the windshield (never take your eyes off the road again!).
The IC engine isn't going away anytime soon. The refueling infrastructure is in place and it's still a dirt cheap energy source. Electric vehicles have "hidden" pollution and toxin and net energy use issues (the energy cost to make the batteries and motors). It's not the panacea many greenies wish it to be.
As an aside, I stopped hearing how great ethanol is. I wonder why? Gas is $3.15 a gallon and the media isn't making a big deal about the greedy oil companies and their insane profits. I wonder why? Is it because their man (a democrat) is in the WH now and they don't need to make waves in order to get a republican out?
how long is the batteries waranty for and how much do they cost to replace?