The awesome VOLT

The awesome VOLT

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:35 pm

GM: Volt virtually sold out

Americans are buying 14 Chevrolet Volts a day. That's word from Detroit today, where General Motors announced it's effectively sold out of the 2011 model year. GM has built 4,488 2011 Volts at its Hamtramck plant, and is selling 440 a month, according to the Detroit Free Press.

That's a bit of a surprise. I could be missing a huge ad campaign somewhere, as we roll across the country in a Volt, but I get the impression that GM has soft-pedaled Volt advertising. Apparently, even if the company is, people are snapping up the Volt.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

"GM is increasing production of the Volt to build a total of 16,000 this year and 60,000 next year, with some badged as the European Opel Ampera. CEO Dan Akerson has said GM may eventually build more than 100,0000 a year.

"Nissan expects to deliver about 10,000 Leafs to Americans this year, the same as the number of Volts that General Motors plans to sell to customers in this country.


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: Blackrocks On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:47 pm

What am I missing ? What's so funny about that ?


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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:59 pm

What is the source of your article? I'm guessing that is from last year?

What is funny Rick is that they just announced a 5 week layoff of production because they have too many in inventory. Last year they sold half of what they predicted and this year they sold 600 in January, 1000 in February, Numbers like that won't even come close to approaching the 60K mark they predicted.

DETROIT -- General Motors will idle the Michigan assembly plant that builds the Chevrolet Volt for more than a month to curb rising inventories of the plug-in hybrid.

GM informed 1,300 workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan on Thursday that it will shut down production for five weeks, starting the week of March 19.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/2012030 ... 120309955#
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: Blackrocks On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:02 pm

Ok now i get it
I guess my mistake was believing the facts (or so called ) in the post.


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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:19 pm

Believe what you want. The Volt is a turd ... and buyers have responded .. by NOT buying it. :lol:
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:36 pm

Now folks, the Volt isn't a turd! I'd love to have one and just as soon as they drop the price by $20,000 and increase the rebate to $10,000, I'm in!

Seriously though, I don't think they are a bad car, but I don't understand how they got to be so darned expensive. You can buy a new Prius for $24,000. Mechanically the volt is close to a Prius except it has a larger battery. So, take $24,000 and add about five grand for a bigger battery.... that's $29,000.... a long way from the $40,000ish they ask for the Volt.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:26 pm

Can you say "UNION" Freddy? :D

And the info came off a site that popped up when reading another blurb. I returned to it and yes, my bad, it was last year. In the fine print. :o
But laughable no less.

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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:31 pm

Hey Fred, I saw the best one today. It was the Honda they only made for 2 years so they could bring in the truck.(Ridgeline) Never gets plugged in and gets between 50 to 62 MPG. 10 years later and it is still going strong on the original battery. There are 3 of them down here.

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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:44 pm

Freddy when you get one, if you come home drunk and hit the garage wall be careful how you get out. Have all the tools to hand:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/03 ... hemselves/

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

Stop it, I'll crack a rib.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:46 pm

There are 3 of them down here.


"down here", I thought you were near Santas place.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: stoker_RI On: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:02 pm

Hey guys...

I see a lot of negatiity about this car on here every time its name is brought up... I personally am neutral, as I haven't researched the car..the price surely is high..and I can see the bashing over that...but besides the price, does anybody have any concrete reasons for not likeing the car? I'm curious...

A thought that does come to my mind is that if something like this car was NOT attempted, there would be people being 'negative' about the U.S not keeping up and doing what it should...

So does anybody have an alternative to building such a car? Do people feel that this technology is the wrong way to go and a waste of time?..If so...what alternative direction would you go in? Or maybe you just feel like everything should stay status-qou...I can't think of much alternatives when it comes to cars (if there has to be one), unfortunately..and believe me, I have always been a car enthusiast!..The though of turning over the engine and feeling like I'm in a golf cart does not turn me on... :P
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:18 pm

stoker_RI wrote:..If so...what alternative direction would you go in?


Diesel-electric. No batteries.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:31 pm

stoker_RI wrote:but besides the price, does anybody have any concrete reasons for not likeing the car? I'm curious...


It's a mid sized car that cost $40K that you still have to put gas in if you want to go more than 35 miles, if you bought a comparable gasoline powered vehicle maybe $25K? For $15K you can buy 5 years worth of gas for most people.

This car also has some heavy government funding, it's anywhere from $10K to estimates of $250K per car depending on how you want calculate it. Even the fuel is subsidized when it's running on electric because you aren't paying any fuel taxes. We the taxpayer have all this money invested in this car and it's a dud.


Or maybe you just feel like everything should stay status-qou...


The market will dictate what we need, this is just waste of taxpayer dollars. My money is on vehicles using CNG, bio diesel from algae and diesel derived from coal.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: Yanche On: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:30 pm

jpete wrote:
stoker_RI wrote:..If so...what alternative direction would you go in?


Diesel-electric. No batteries.

I agree diesel electric would be a good combination, perhaps with reasonably priced battery for extra acceleration boost. The Volt is a engineers dream vehicle, every conceivable consumer want addressed but a high price. That high price is largely because of a single component the battery. Until battery technology improves and the cost comes down high end designs will fail in the market place. The trade magazines I read are hinting that in the next six months or so a decision will be make to kill the car.

A second technology would be compressed natural gas. I've posted several times describing the CNG car my employer at the time designed. It would be far less expensive than any electric. The problem is re-fueling infrastructure.
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Re: The awesome VOLT

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:36 pm

CNG requires a lot of infrastructure too. On board storage is limited so you have to fill up a bit more don't you?
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