Volt To Cost $40,000?

There are lots of conflicting information about he upcoming Chevy Volt, that just doesn’t seem to add up.  Past news has presented the Volt in a light that makes the electric car look like GM’s savior.  But what can an expensive vehicle focused on a small niche market do for a failing monster like GM?

Furthermore GM has announced that the Volt will get 230 miles per gallon, which is true, if you don’t understand basic math.  This issue has been discussed at length with GM’s 100 mpg Hummer as well, electric cars and hybrids have limitations, which aren’t taken into consideration when figuring gas mileage.

All of this aside, from a strictly economic perspective, do you know how much gas I can buy for $40,000?  At a price of $3 per gallon I can purchase over 13,000 gallons.  Assuming I drive an average of 20,000 miles per year in a vehicle that gets an abysmal 16 mpg, I can purchase 10 YEARS worth of gasoline.  So, with a cost analyst of buying a Volt, the only people interested will be the rich hippies.

As far as I’m concerned, we still don’t have a viable option to the traditional internal combustion engine.  Count me out until the next big thing hits.

4 thoughts on “Volt To Cost $40,000?

  1. BYoung

    “…do you know how much gas I can buy for $40,000? At a price of $3 per gallon I can purchase over 13,000 gallons. Assuming I drive an average of 20,000 miles per year in a vehicle that gets an abysmal 16 mpg, I can purchase 10 YEARS worth of gasoline. So, with a cost analyst of buying a Volt, the only people interested will be the rich hippies.”

    Thank you for this nice piece of 1950s philosophy. It’s a very “America-centric” perspective, the kind of ignorant, arrogant thinking that helped rush us to this dismal point.

    Electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles are being designed for a future in which (1) oil becomes so rare and precious that you can’t afford to buy it at all and (2) we can breathe the air freely once again and (3) we have stopped the threat of extreme climate change.

    You see, this isn’t all about you and “counting you out until the next big thing hits.” It’s about s**t-canning the fossil-fueled internal combustion engine completely, so that everyone – including your children and grandchildren – can have a future. And it’s about going cold-turkey on a form of fuel that sucks billions of dollars out of our economy so that it can be poured into the Pentagon to defend the sources and distribution points of fossil fuel. How many more American kids will have to die in order to assure this nation’s drivers of $3 a gallon gas?

    It’s about maximizing our dependence on energy sources that are relatively cheap and infinitely available: electricity generated from wind and solar, primarily, but also by hydroelectric, geothermal, even wave energy.

    Yes, the Volt is incredibly overpriced, and I doubt that it will save GM’s bacon all by itself. But other automakers and other manufacturers are working on other solutions, including hybrids that make today’s models look wasteful.

    It’s time we sent a message to OPEC and North America’s oil and coal companies that we will no longer be held hostage.

  2. BYoung

    And you can see how threatened they are about the thought of cleaning up the air and going to alternative energy sources:

    More Fake Letters to Congress on Energy Bill

    Congressional investigators have uncovered five more letters sent to members of Congress that falsely claimed to be from charities expressing opposition to climate change legislation.

    The new letters bring to nine the number of nonprofit organizations whose identities were appropriated by Bonner & Associates, a Washington lobbying firm that says it specializes in developing grass-roots support for lobbying campaigns.

  3. Christopher Post author

    Thanks for your comment BYoung. I appreciate any kind of discussion on the cost of Green technology versus the evils of the corporate world.

    Unfortunately, I don’t subscribe to your train of thought, in regards to climate change etc. Perhaps if I did I would be more likely to go along with over pricing technology to early adopters. This sort of practice has been going on for a long time, amongst the tech field and now it’s spilling over onto the automotive side. Those who are so consumed by the idea that humans can actually affect this Earth and want to buy their way into heaven, so to speak.

    But don’t get me wrong, I’m all for cleaner technologies. However, I’m not of the belief that if we don’t do something tomorrow the world will end for our children. Every generation has thought this of the next in some form or another. Remember, Elvis was going to corrupt the youth absolutely.

    I think price will be the driving force behind Americans regularly adopting green technology, in things like the Volt. But keep in mind, not everyone lives in the big city and travels less than 40 miles per day. I for one live in a rural community and need the benefit of a truck, SUV, or larger vehicle. But, if the larger concentration of population people want to enforce the use of golf carts, knock yourselves out.

  4. Jesse

    I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I feel like I have to voice an opinion here. I do not support the government offering tax breaks and subsidies to people who purchase electric/hybrid cars. I think it’s ridiculous that I should help someone else purchase the car they WANT (so they can feel better about themselves). I spend a lot of time in Berkeley, CA and see this quite a lot and it always makes me sad to see lines of them parked on every street. I know that my tax dollars are working hard so those people don’t buy … oh, let’s just say those very special types of people would buy bicycles instead (the goal is to feel better about themselves, remember).

    Also, we still don’t produce electricity cleanly. I don’t know where people get that idea. Sure the vehicle runs cleaner, but if you look at the whole picture from start to finish it’s not the simple balance you’d think. Some (myself included) would even argue that so-called ‘green’ cars are more harmful in the long run than old clunkers are: http://www.drivendaily.org/theory/going-green-with-old-cars


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