I am surprised this forum would support the VOLT I would not take a volt if it were free. ok that is a lie I would take it sell it and buy something better.
There is only one true cost of a vehicle and that is the TRC Total Real Cost. average lifespan a vehicle is kept today is 9.9 years so I calculate a 10 year TRC for any vehicle I might consider.
the Volt is THE MOST EXPENSIVE vehicle out of all the vehicles I calculated.
#1 its not an EV its a hybrid.
#1 its made by GM which automatically removes it from being an option since I would rather DIE than give GM a dime of my money (thank you US government for putting a gun to my head and forcing me to bail them out thank you so much for that!) since GM actually “DID” have a viable EV solution over 10years ago and they killed it. on purpose. and gave is this garbage that is the volt as a big FU to the american people.
the volt is a slap in the face to any true EV owner or EV dreamer (like me dreaming of having an EV)
under my circumstances (40,000 miles a year or more 54mile one way commute I can charge at work then 54 miles home)
the 10 year TRC on a chevy volt is $98,500
let me type that one more time so we are clear on this.
NINETY EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS
even the garbage that is the Toyota Prius does not come close to being that much money!! and this IGNORES the power to charge the volt since I would offset that with solar buyback !!
on the other hand the Nissan Leaf or the MiEV has a 10 year TRC of around $43,200 (either one) (NO tax credits are factored into this price since I would not qualify for them I don’t earn enough money)
The VOLT on the other hand (here is the break down for you) would cost me 22,000 miles of gasoline powered driving every year (the other 18,000 would be covered by the battery ASSUMING I average 35 miles per charge (yeah right))
over 10 years assuming gas stays under $4 a gallon that is $29,333 in fuel which I round to $30,000 to keep the numbers simple plus its purchase price with interest etc… of $58,500 for a total 10 year TRC of $98,500
and this assumes it NEVER breaks down since the warranty will only last me 2.5 years. (same for the leaf or MiEV as well) yet the volt will be more expensive to maintain its complicated annoying hybrid system which after all is WHY they like hybrids.
if you factor in the tax credits the prices remain the same since I will need a replacement battery inside that 10 years at the mileages I drive.
the volt is one of the worst possible choices you can make unless money is no object and you want a fancy hybrid “just because”
if your objective is to save money its your worst possible choice.
even something like a hyundai elantra only has a 10 year TRC of $59,000 and it has no electric drive.
oddly enough the LEAF and or the MiEV are the cheapest cars money can buy when you calculate a 10 year TRC for them at 40,000 miles a year even cheaper than a bare-bones 32mpg $9500 nissan.
its even cheaper than a GEO METRO (TRC $45,769 at 52mpg) if you could buy one brand new for $10,000.
and remember that $43,200 TRC includes a $10,000 battery replacement.
The volt is quite literally a SLAP IN THE FACE to any reasonable american. its a big F U to the USA yours with love from GM.
Hybrids that get less than 100mpg maybe 90mpg for more than $15,000 are a waste of money. its a non solution.
what we need is to FORCE our government to FORCE the automakers to mass produce the E95 NIMH battery that was used in the EV1 and the Rav4EV
they can build a mid size economy sedan 4 door car that will get 80-110 miles to a charge no problem (that IS what the Rav4EV gets) on a $4500 E95 NIMH battery that will last the average consumer 20-25 YEARS before it even thinks about wearing out. (this is all public data look it up) for about $13,500 full retail no rebates or tax credits. FULL MSRP.
they simply REFUSE to because they lose too much “cream profits” with such a vehicle since they would essentially be every lasting (relative to today’s cars)
Now your TRC will be different than mine since a sizable chunk of it is “FUEL” for the gasoline powered cars like the volt. though it will be the same for the actual EV’s
if you must go gas wait till next summer. Elio Motors 84mpg $6800 full retail price. bonus since its 3 wheels you can buy motorcycle insurance for it in most states saving you a bundle each year.
I have ZERO concerns over range. an E95 nimh based EV has enough range to cover the daily needs of over 90% of the population. Period. for the rest of your driving DRIVE THE GAS CAR YOU ALREADY HAVE.
once we have a critical mass of EV drivers and demand starts to really crank up THE R&D will come and I believe it will come fast. BEFORE you have to think of replacing your first battery pack they will probably have doubled the range for half the price. with hard core R&D I an confident (purely my opinion here) that inside 10 years with our FULL industrial base behind the effort we will have virtually everlasting (probably super caps) batteries for a few grand with a 300-400 mile range.
its just going to take dollars and hours of R&D. right now we do not DO this R&D because we do not WANT TO (or those that DO try lack the resources needed)
ANY EV that costs more than a gasoline counterpart is a poorly designed EV and was intentionally made to cost more. you can throw away 75% of the value in a gasoline car and replace it with CHEAP components that cost half of the parts you threw away and not come up with a cheaper price unless your doing it intentionally.