Consumer Reports offered a harsh initial review of the Chevrolet Volt, questioning whether General Motors Co.’s flagship vehicle makes economic “sense.”The extended-range plug-in electric vehicle is on the cover of the April issue — the influential magazine’s annual survey of vehicles — but the GM vehicle comes in for criticism.
“When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn’t particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it’s not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy,” said David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center at a meeting with reporters here. “This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer.”
Do you think taxpayer money was dumped into a car that the public can’t afford and/or doesn’t want?Answer Question
Answer by kaylan010 at 11:55 AM on Mar. 1, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 11:57 AM on Mar. 1, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 12:03 PM on Mar. 1, 2011
Changing technology is always expensive as you have to work through all the unanticipated kinks. IMO, it's one reason why we have not seriously moved beyond oil. I recently saw a small piece regarding this topic on a local program. There was concern about the costs for charging the battery in CA because of the tiered pricing structure. There is talk of installing secondary meters for those homes with these cars, so that the energy used to charge the battery, could be charged at the lower consumption rate-of course that is costly. Our county does not have smart meters. For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. I just wish people would really think things through before implementing decisions (hate the load, shoot, aim approach).
Answer by Sisteract at 12:06 PM on Mar. 1, 2011