reply to post by beezzer
It kinda is the Chevy Volt already.
When plans for the Volt were first discussed publicly to generate buzz, the price tag was to be about $18,000. A cheap car for the masses. But for
some unknown reason, they could not use the battery from the GM EV-1 because they lost the blueprints. Odd, since I know the factory where they built
those batteries and they have blueprint going back to the early 1930's. But I digress.
So a whole lot of money had to be spent to develop a brand new battery that would drive maybe 40 miles (depending on electrical usage of lights, radio
and AC). Which you can drive about 40 miles without an alternator in a car today using a good old regular battery before the fuel pump doesn't have
enough juice to keep pumping. That is if you are not using lights, radio and AC, of course.
But the amazing thing about the Volt was just before it was scheduled to go live, it had a slight delay in the release due to the annoying habit of
the engine not being strong enough to power the Volt up a very moderate hill. In fact, Chevy exes had to edit news articles and video (for company
trade secret reasons) to be sure videos and reports of it not climbing a small hill were not included under the explanation that is just the prototype
model being used to show the body styling.
Yes, in 2011 when the first 6000 Volts had been sold, there was a report
of each one costing about $250,000
due to the $3 Billion in subsidies. And there was a report that each on cost GM $89,000 to build (a $49,000 loss on the $40,000 sticker price).
But the nail in the coffin wasn't the battery fire danger. No, the problem was that you could buy a Cruze for half the price and have the exact same
fuel efficiency (or better) on a longer trip. Just like I, as a single male over 40, do not need a policy that includes birth control, abortion
coverage and OB/GYN visits. Nor do I need drug rehab...although mental health might be needed if they keep creating laws like this that I get to pay
more money I don't have when I could use it elsewhere to make money by investing. It would have been nice had they bundled things everyone can use
like vision and dental into Obamacare. Or the standard 80/20 co-pay without the huge $8,000-$10,000 deductible before the $6,000 per year premium
covers a dime of medical bills.
In the end, I suppose I can't be too upset that the Volt doesn't stack up to EV-1 or even the Cruze. I am just thankful that the brainiacs behind
the Volt have not been making that flying car that we are all suppose to have not that it is the 21st Century. But when Obamacare sucks so bad that
even Obama doesn't want his name attached to it anymore, then maybe that should speak for itself.