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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    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.
    Yeah lets hope so.. currently they are doing nothing with their money anyhow.

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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Other alternatives e.g., an all-electric vehicle from Nissan (100 miles per battery charge; $32,780 price) may be ahead of the Volt in some important dimensions.

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    Iíll take this hybrid when you can take my muscle car from my cold dead hands!
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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.
    But you're doing it for the good of mankind, what's a little sacrifice on your part?
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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    But you're doing it for the good of mankind, what's a little sacrifice on your part?
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    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.
    As I pointed out (a few posts from when you posted yours, it seems), that is not strictly true. The 50 MPG on the gas engine is not 'without the battery', as the gas engine itself does nopt drive the car. All it is capable of doing is keeping the battery at roughly 30% charge state, extending it's range. Essentially, when the battery charge gets to only 30%, the gas engine kicks in and maintians the charge at 30% until it runs out of gas. That works out to about 50MPG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    As I pointed out (a few posts from when you posted yours, it seems), that is not strictly true. The 50 MPG on the gas engine is not 'without the battery', as the gas engine itself does nopt drive the car. All it is capable of doing is keeping the battery at roughly 30% charge state, extending it's range. Essentially, when the battery charge gets to only 30%, the gas engine kicks in and maintians the charge at 30% until it runs out of gas. That works out to about 50MPG.
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    And I would stick my kids, where?
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    Re: The Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Other alternatives e.g., an all-electric vehicle from Nissan (100 miles per battery charge; $32,780 price) may be ahead of the Volt in some important dimensions.
    Indeed. The Leaf can allegedly recharge on a 500V line in 30 minutes. One has to wonder who has such a line, but that ability is quite useful. I can see some enterprising person setting up a ZipCar like company with 500V lines at small parking lots across town with Nissan Leafs. No gas charge. Instant advantage over ZipCar.

    If you live in Alaska, a Leaf is bad idea. If you live in small town or city like Portland Oregon, a leaf is a winning idea. Especially with the price after credits.
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