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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.