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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I prefer to just hook it to a charger and call it a day.
    I don't want the extra trips for gas and having to change the oil.

    If you buy a car new, you're getting screwed.
    I bought my car used, financed it at an incredibly high interest rate and the total cost, with financing, never got to $20k.
    I think it was $16k total.
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    I'd probably buy a car used as well. Or lease the car out... at least until I can afford to buy a car.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Your wish will soon be granted.

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    I'd probably buy a car used as well. Or lease the car out... at least until I can afford to buy a car.
    I've seen those, very cool.
    Just need the battery life now.

    I'm not sure how old you are but some strong advice about cars is, there is almost never a good reason to lease and almost never a good reason to buy new.

    The caveat being that, you have plenty of money to afford the luxury of buying new or leasing.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I've seen those, very cool.
    Just need the battery life now.

    I'm not sure how old you are but some strong advice about cars is, there is almost never a good reason to lease and almost never a good reason to buy new.

    The caveat being that, you have plenty of money to afford the luxury of buying new or leasing.
    Well depending on the technology, things gets out dated pretty quick (within a 1-4 year period). If I did want to get one of these battery powered cars, I'd probably lease one out so I can get a better version in the future. If it's a normal car, I'd most likely buy a used one. My interest in a Volt type of vehicle will depend on the direction the technology takes and how quickly the technology improves.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Maybe the Volt will be interesting for early adopters who have the cash... but even when cars get to 100 miles per charge and charging stations are at least sparsely available, I'll still probably wait. I'll let all the suckers find and complain about the problems and when it seems stable and the cost comes down a bit, I might try one out. I'm thinking the Tesla cars (the newer one is coming out with a 100-300 mile range on a charge) would be technologically advanced. The leaf is interesting but you need to get an electrician to install a recharging station at your house... so that'll flop.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Do you think or believe that this product will be successful? If not why?

    I have read in normal urban driving arrangements the thing will get as much as 230 miles to the gallon. The tank is 6 gallon so some simple math.. using these particular best case numbers a person can get nearly 1400 miles on a full tank.
    You're way off here. The battery can get you 40 miles before it runs out of juice. After that, you're on gasoline power, at which point you get about 50 MPG in the city (less on the highway). So that 6 gallons can get you maybe 300 more miles, for a total of 340. Which is fairly comparable to a lot of other cars.

    I suspect the volt will be a modest success, but nothing game-changing.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    For me, I'm not interested in an electric car, until they can get to ranges of around 100 miles per charge and have a quick recharge capability.

    Not to mention that sticker price is a bit high.
    It's going to take some more innovation before I get interested.
    I hope you're not planning on any long trips on 100 miles.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    I voted no, but Im not informed enough to vote or anything.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    From a technical perspective, the series hybrid is very important. It is a good testbed for getting rid of normal transmissions and hooking up the electric motors directly to the wheels. However, even a theoretically good concept can be screwed up in practice and turn out badly. The volt doesn't have any strong indicators one way or another as to its overall quality yet.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    I wouldn't be inclined to buy one. First problem is the sticker price, 40k is just way too much even with financing.

    Second issue, it's a complete unknown. I've been partial to foreign cars since I got my first car, a Honda, and most people I know who've had domestic cars either tend to have good results or REALLY bad results. The Volt is a completely new design that I'm not willing to bet 40k on.

    Third, their formula has been done before and longer by companies like Toyota and Honda. Why should I go with a newcomer to the market when I can get a car that I know is pretty reliable from people who've been making this kind of car for longer?

    Hopefully the Volt will work out, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post

    $40k for a car, is insanity, in my opinion.
    $40k is too much for THAT car. There are plenty of cars I would willingly shell out far more than $40k to own.
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