Consumer Reports gives an initial review of the GM Volt

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Consumer Reports gives an initial review of the GM Volt
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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 4:48pm

The news gets worse and worse for the GM Volt. Electric cars may be in our future, but the Volt may become a historical footnote. Consumer Reports initial impression of the GM Volt doesn't seem very positive.

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I don't know much about the Volt. IF I were to buy an electric car at this time, it would most likely be the Leaf. Why? Because the Asian automakers have been working on alternative fuel vehicles much longer than their American counterparts. Not to say that the American manufacturers couldn't put out a quality altnerative fuel vehicle - just that they refused to address the issue for too long & are now behind.

As for Consumer Reports, while like them for some things, I take their auto reviews with a grain of salt. They tend to always fall in favor of expensive luxury vehicles because they have all the bells & whistles. Yeah, we'd all love something like that but for the general public, they aren't very practical.

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Oh, heard on the news yesterday that all the Nissan Leaf's had been sold for this year. No mention of the Volt, however. They may not be selling it here yet.

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Electric batteries don't hold a lot of power compared to gasoline tanks. Wikipedia tells me http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasoline_gallon_equivalent a gallon of electricity has approximately 33 Kilowatt hours of power. The GM Volt has a 10 Kilowatts (usable) of battery power per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Volt

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"When a battery is developed that can hold the equivalent of 20 to 30 gallons of gasoline, is of reasonable size, safe, quickly charge, and be affordable."

My petrol powered vehicle holds approx. 12 gals. which is perfectly adequate. Why would the average consumer's vehicle need one that holds 20-30 gals.? That amount of power is beyond expectations IMO.

 


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And once again, I'm not talking about the Volt. As far as I can tell, they don't sell them in my area. They only sell the Nissan Leaf. And, as I said, I wouldn't buy a Volt in the first place because I feel that the American automakers were deliberately 'blind' to our future needs. The Asian automakers were not...and they now have a lead in this market.

20 to 30 GALLONS in one vehicle??? Geez, what do you drive, a Sherman TANK? My car holds 15 gallons &, at 40 mpg, that gets me pretty far! LOL!

"Reasonable size"...what is that? An SUV? Because that seems to be what you're hinting at. Either that, or some gas-guzzling 'land yacht'. Which, btw, neither of those vehicles are 'affordable'. ;)

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"I don't use petrol, I use gasoline."

FYI It's the same thing.

 


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Maybe it doesn't qualify as a "small car" but my 2005 Prius has comfortably transported four adults and an oriental rug in its hatchback.

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As has been stated in previous discussions, different parts of the country are going to have different priorities when it comes to alternative fuels. In my area, electric is an extremely viable option costwise. Electricity (wind, tidal & hydro) is usually fairly inexpensive when compared to gasoline.

And once again...why are you just focusing on the Volt? There are other vehicles (some that will come to market in the next year or so) that are much more efficient than the Volt.

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Forgot to add...my vehicle carries 5 passengers. I've never had need to carry more. It is also rated one of the safest cars on the road...has as good or better safety rating than many larger vehicles. At a full refill, it's almost 15 gallons...and I get 40 mpg on the freeway (that's from keeping my own records).

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