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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    I've looked at the Volt extensively, and I will say that - almost across the board - Nissan's Leaf is better. It goes further without a recharge (approx. 100 miles), it's 7 or 8 thousand dollars less on the sticker, and it's a smoother ride with similar bells and whistles. The one biggest drawback with the Leaf is that, as of the day of articles I read on it, it does not have a fossil fuel-based backup system that kicks in when the electric engine runs out of juice. Therefore, you could easily become stuck if you do extensive travel.

    Having said that, we're still a few years away before this technology gets perfected, or even close to. I'll hold off and just get a cheaper 40 mpg car if I need to save a buck.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I've looked at the Volt extensively, and I will say that - almost across the board - Nissan's Leaf is better. It goes further without a recharge (approx. 100 miles), it's 7 or 8 thousand dollars less on the sticker, and it's a smoother ride with similar bells and whistles. The one biggest drawback with the Leaf is that, as of the day of articles I read on it, it does not have a fossil fuel-based backup system that kicks in when the electric engine runs out of juice. Therefore, you could easily become stuck if you do extensive travel.

    Having said that, we're still a few years away before this technology gets perfected, or even close to. I'll hold off and just get a cheaper 40 mpg car if I need to save a buck.
    Ironically without the battery.. the volt gets 50mpg.

    I see the range on the volt a huge advantage. The 40 miles of driving without using any petroleum will get people around on battery power alone for normal daily activities. The leaf is a good product but the range anxiety will get some people.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I've looked at the Volt extensively, and I will say that - almost across the board - Nissan's Leaf is better. It goes further without a recharge (approx. 100 miles), it's 7 or 8 thousand dollars less on the sticker, and it's a smoother ride with similar bells and whistles. The one biggest drawback with the Leaf is that, as of the day of articles I read on it, it does not have a fossil fuel-based backup system that kicks in when the electric engine runs out of juice. Therefore, you could easily become stuck if you do extensive travel.

    Having said that, we're still a few years away before this technology gets perfected, or even close to. I'll hold off and just get a cheaper 40 mpg car if I need to save a buck.
    Extensive or long range travel on batteries is far, far in the future.
    I am curious about maintenance issues, especially once the "average driver" starts abusing their electric cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Extensive or long range travel on batteries is far, far in the future.
    I am curious about maintenance issues, especially once the "average driver" starts abusing their electric cars.
    Electric cars will have less maintenence.. they have few moving parts then a gas powered vehicle. Standard rule with all machines .. less moving parts.. less breakage.


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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.
    Keep in mind... the gas engine in the Volt is not like a typical car engine. It's more like a suped up lawnmower engine (it's a 1.4 liter 4 cylinder). All it does is charge maintian the battery charge at about 30%... it by itself does not 'drive' the car. Maintenance efforts on it would be no worse than what you do for a lawnmower now. And you might have to go get gas once a month if you keep it properly charged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Electric cars will have less maintenence.. they have few moving parts then a gas powered vehicle. Standard rule with all machines .. less moving parts.. less breakage.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    A properly designed electric car has vastly reduced maintenance compared to a gasoline engine. You eliminated the two most complex parts, the transmission and engine, in addition to greatly lowering wear on the brakes. A properly designed series hybrid can also have reduced maintenance needs, but without quite as dramatic an impact. However, mechanics will need to be trained on electric motors and batteries in order to service the new vehicles.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Not as a mainstream car. The price point is too high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Not as a mainstream car. The price point is too high.
    Yeah I give these cars a few years to build up production efficiency. In the meantime it will be an impressive automotive industry accomplishment in my opinion. I'm thinking it might pay off to invest in the lithium ion battery market in some way before the industry takes off. It would be great to get in on a stock that is effected by the growth of this market.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    I like it but its just too expensive now.

    I just hope all those evil good for nothing rich people with their filthy stinking money go out and buy a bunch of them so that the technology becomes proven and improves and thus becomes less expensive so that within a decade you can see these type of things for $15,000 to $20,000...stinky filthy evil rich people and buying up their luxuries.

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