The awesome VOLT

Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:32 am

jpete wrote:Early adopters bear a large part of the costs for everyone else.


For $100,000 you would think they could include a special harness so you could hitch up and pull it.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:35 am

:lol: Yeah good point Franco.

Or, maybe they could wait until the technology gets to the point where someone won't be found frozen to death on the side of a New England highway during a blizzard with a dead battery & no heat. :idea:

Love how the heat shuts off when the battery gets low. Sounds perfect for MA! :lol:

What makes heat in an electric car? Resistance elements? If so, that's just asking for trouble on so many levels. I keep thinking of a knife in the toaster when someone drives into the back of a parked semi while texting ....
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:55 am

It's the $32,500 vs. $13,000 part that gets me (along with taxpayers being on the hook for $7,500 of that). The gasoline driven Spark is rated at 38 MPG. Assuming $3.75 per gallon for gas, you can drive almost 200,000 miles in the spark plug driven Spark on the cost differential alone. That's twice the expected battery lifetime of 100,000 miles for the Spark EV. The battery packs are sure to cost at least 5 or 6 thousand dollars per change-out. For merely the price of changing the batteries out twice you could purchase another gas engine Spark. The economics of this unaffordable toy of the left are a joke. But (to chant the mantra of the left) "if it saves only one life it will be worth it". No one this side of the 1% will be able to afford it, and the 1% will buy Tesla's, so why go through the exercise of producing it?
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:07 pm

Dragging around 1,000 pounds of battery can't help much.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:13 pm

franco b wrote:Dragging around 1,000 pounds of battery can't help much.


The stated range on a full charge is likely to be about 80-90 miles, with that being on flat ground, and with 70 degree weather and no headwind. 20 miles in 20 degree weather, or if you have to climb hills. Why, the practicality of it alone will have the Hollywood crowd lining up to purchase them. And then they will scoff at us morons who do not do likewise, telling us how we are destroying the earth, and blaming Bush.
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