That survey was no longer up by the way. The website would not show on my browser.
The probability that the Volt will make it to market is very slim. I’m not going to get into why I think that…there are multiple reasons, but that is my educated guess.
Heck when it showed its ugly head for the first time as a prototype there was no anything under the hood. It was an empty shell that was pushed out onto the floor.
Also we are not talking about rocket science here. We landed on the moon almost 40 years ago and you are telling me we can not create an economical electric car with a somewhat sophistacted genset on it. Paaaalease!!!
If my freind and I can create one in our garage with random parts off of E-bay and at the same time using nothing more than a drill, a welder, and a wire stripper actually make it look somewhat presentable, than a company with billions of dollars and highly trained people by the thousands can create something presentable and do it economically.
On another note it is funny how you single out the car company as the main culpret behind the death of the electric car. Just last week I was in Ford purchasing a CPS for my 7.3L powerstorke that had dumped me and at the exact same time the WP went out (I give the water pump its dues…that was my fault for not installing a filter and keeping the SC levels up)…but I will continue on with the point.
In the small town of Fayetteville NC. I was standing at the Ford parts department counter getting my replacement parts and I over heard this conversation pretty much word for word.
Sales Clerk #1: “Geeze it sure has seemed like a really slow month” As he sits on his stool.
Sales Clerk #2: “Yeah it has but you know it actually wasn’t that bad. I just saw the numbers and we sold 465 thousand dollars last month”
Sales Clerk #1: “Geeze for as slow as its been I thought we would have done a lot worse than that”.
Customer #1…Myself as I lean over the counter with my Credit Card. “Well if Ford Engineers stopped designing pieces of ■■■■ and these cars were actually built in the United States instead of Mexico maybe people like me wouldn’t be standing in front of you right now contributing to that .5 million you brought in this month.”
I have never in my entire life seen both the look of surprise and absolute disgust. But I felt pretty good about it so I took my 20 dollar part then drove to Napa where I bought my WP for 1/3 the cost and it has a lifetime warrenty of which the ford part does not.
Well back to the drawing board I guess. Since someone has to do it while GM continues to hand push their concept car around the world with nothing more than a cardboard box under the hood.