Bruce_S wrote:pstarr wrote:Plus it just ain't Amuricun to be riding around in no electrik hedge trimmer.
I drove a Chevy Volt for 30 miles yesterday. Interstate at 70 mph, amazed at how quiet the thing was, gentle cruising on city secondaries gaining me back a few miles through regenerative braking, a few impromptu drag races against whoever wanted to cut over on me from the other lane and doesn't understand that electric motors are all about torque, made sure the stereo was obnoxious enough to be a teenagers wet dream, and had another 19 miles showing of electric power when I parked it back at the dealership. Excellent front seats and quite nice interior (little too many buttons and gizmos on the center stack), little short of 6 footer room in the back seats, no spare tires (a real drag for those get flats) and the hatch volume was reasonable, but nothing special, although admittedly this is not a large automobile. No gasoline molecules were harmed during this exercise.
The engineers who built this thing did an excellent job. The future is here, and it ain't no hedge trimmer.
$42,000 and GM quality -- i.e. longevity (or not). For example, last I read, it's about $15,000 to replace the battery when it gets weak in about 5ish years. NO THANKS.
I'll take the 2012 model Toyota Camry Hybrid at $26,000, which gets 43 MPG city, and have NO range anxiety while the folks work out the whole charging station, battery reliability, etc. thing. And by the way, I'll have a real mid-sized car with a real trunk and 6 footer plus legroom in the back, and Toyota quality (which is fine by me, despite all the whining about floor mats).