Chevy is not only the vehicle got Tax rebates. All other Hybrids got US GOVT help to buy. Even the expensive an highest tech car Tesla owners also gets the same tax credit. When Oil companies are getting Govt help nothing worng to get GOVT/tax dollars. The same dollars are given in form of food stamps. But it has defeated the purpose and widely missued.
One day or the other the gs engine kicks in at various climate conditions. If the owner thinks that he does not need the gas at all based on their driving distance need not fill the gas full to its capacity of 10 gallons. Even Gm suggests no fill full to have less dead weight in the car.
I own Chevy Volt, I do not know how many people have personal driving experience of This is the smart car and smat technology , one should drive or own it to enjoy it before they write any on Chevay Vlot.
I am owner of Chevy Volt. Many or most of the buyes of Chevy Volt not to save money in GAS or others. Most of them are alternate energy enthusiast. It is not a cheap car to spend that kind of money for a small car. But it is functional car. There may be some flaws in its price. But some one should try. This is the future of the auto if we want to save fossil fuel for bettr purpose rather than using it in private transportation. If the Chevay Volt price is comparable to other gas driven cars there should not ahve been this much talk in media. No one is talking about Tesla which is highly expensive and made by new company witout any kind of track records. For this car ( Tesla) tere are several thousand people are in wait list by paying $5000 per reservation. Tesla collected severl millions which is interest free capital. Morevoer it is availalbe only for buy . If you want to finance the downpayment is an average $20000 + car. It is not availalbe to lease, why????????????????????????.
At prsent conditions Chevy Volt is the King and no comparable auto is availalbe to buy or lease.
But GM should look to improve this car in design. Altlease they should cahnge the desing of back seats. They should make this car for FIVE pssengers or have the seat for five. This degign would give better look.
The government uses taxes, and the stick, to encourage some behaviors and discourage others. It discourages me that we do this since this is just the majority, or the politically connected enforcing thier beliefs on others.
I am amused sometimes to hear someone complaining about homosexuals not being able to marry, and then driving off in a hybrid car. You do realize this is exactly the same?
This "oh well, that is government does" attitude is discouraging. With that attitude things can get pretty bad because governments are historically terrible.
This just demonstrates self confirmation as a behavior. When asked about a decision people made that is conteversial, or expensive, they tend to justify the decision. They do not however tend to make the same decision again.
So, when a VOLT buyer is asked if he likes the car, and if he would do it again, it says "yes, what a smart decision I made!", thus self confirming. However, when going to buy another vehicle, or replace that one, he makes a different choice.
Current hybrid vehicles do not make economic sense, nor do they make environmental sense, nor is their lifecycle energy use better than similar gasoline powered vehicles.
Hybrids are energy entensive to build, and the systems are energy intensive to recycle, the "savings" are minimal at best, and with grid power from coal and distribution losses considered, may actually use more energy per mile than conventional vehicles.
If you want one, buy it! But don't fool yourself into thinking you are doing the environment any favor or saving any money.
Wow, talk about philosophical reality! Watch a movie!
You do understand that private sector decisions that are bad usually end up as businesses that no longer exist. Unless you advocate bailouts! But Detriot is the model of political ideology leading to utopia. As far as getting rid of people, pro-choice is already taking care of that!
This is not supposed to be about politics, but if that is what you want?
Republican wars continued by the Democrats! Farming got involved as someone compared farm subsidies to EV subsidies. Both are crony capitalism corrupting free markets!
I am not opposed to hybrid owners enjoying their cars. They made a free choice to pay the extra cost. And it seems that several have calculated savings by driving one frequently. Kudos to them. But their free choice should not be at my expense (tax subsidies). Eating, everyone has to eat!
I am investigating purchasing a hybrid and will probably buy one within a year or two. But it will be my choice. I appreciate articles the DN brings to its readers so we can make informed choices. Politics aside, reality is a better teacher!
Lots of comments on this article, but didn't notice anybody bringing up this issue so I'll ask: with a plug-in hybrid, if you never run the engine because your commute and charging renders it unnecessary, doesn't the gas go bad? I've had this problem in smaller ICE motors (e.g., lawn mowers), so I wonder if it's an issue with the smaller engine of the Chevy Volt.
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