HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Automotive News
Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again
1/3/2013

The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid got the highest score in Consumer Reports' owner satisfaction survey. (Source: General Motors)
The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid got the highest score in Consumer Reports' owner satisfaction survey.
(Source: General Motors)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 8/8
Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Perhaps not significant
Charles Murray   1/3/2013 7:38:45 PM
You've nailed the critical point, Cabe. The Volt is fantastic if you have a predictable commute that's relatively short. If the commute is less than 37 miles, and if you ar committed to charging it every night, you could go many months without putting gasoline in it. But as you also point out, many city dwellers like yourself don't have easy access to predictable daily charging.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Perhaps not significant
Charles Murray   1/3/2013 7:34:58 PM
I agree, Naperlou. The real issue with the Volt is still cost. The price is inching downward, but as you point out, it still costs twice as much as a comparably-sized Chevy Cruze.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Perhaps not significant
Cabe Atwell   1/3/2013 6:28:33 PM
NO RATINGS
I almost got one myself. To get the full advantage out of it, you have to plug it in. Condo life in a high-rise does not allow for that luxury. So, the 50mpg Prius is my only option. Too bad.

C

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Perhaps not significant
naperlou   1/3/2013 11:50:52 AM
Cap'n, I read your headline and the first part of the article and remembered the article you mention later.  Considering the adoption curve for new technology and the nature of the question, I would be interested in a more detailed statistical analysis. 

We recently went through the process of buying a new car.  Actually we bought a certified used car.  This was for my wife, and she started out looking at Japanese cars.  We encouraged her to look at some other brands, and we looked at some American and German cars.  This was a car for commuting to work, so mileage was reasonably important.  She ended up with a very nice Volkswagen.  It drove so much better than many of the others she looked at.  With the warranties and the miniscule differences in quality between the brands, we have many more choices we can feel secure with. 

Considering the improvements in fuel efficiency we are seeing with ICEs, much of coming from electronics, and the fall in the price of gasoline, hybrids need to get much better to make a dent.  Have you noticed that gasoline is down over $1 (closer to $1.25) per gallon over the past year?  With new sources here, which are cheaper than middle east oil (I have seen figures of $47 per barrel), this situation should hold for the foreseeable future. 

I am sure the Volt is a nice car, but for twice the cost of a comparable Chevy in its class, it is not that nice. 

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Promising findings
Elizabeth M   1/3/2013 6:29:22 AM
It's good to see car owners embracing hybrid vehicles and their satisfaction with them is a positive step in the direction to lessen the popularity of and dependence on traditional fossil-fuel vehicles. It really is the way forward to make cars more economical and environmentally friendly. As car makers improve hybrid technology in the future let's hope satisfaction numbers grow.

<<  <  Page 8/8
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Automotive News
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of todayís auto industry.
General Motorsí glitzy public unveiling of the Bolt concept car this week shows commitment to the future of electric vehicle technology, but it also heaps pressure on its engineers to meet a challenging set of technical goals.
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybridís growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexusí LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. Whatís more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automakerís future.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Feb 9 - 13, Embedded Development Using Microchip Microcontrollers and the CCS C Compiler
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service