Demand for the Chevy Volt Spikes in California
Will the car reach a tipping point in one of the nation's most important markets despite a recent halt in production and widespread criticism?
The stupidity of Americans is unbelievable!!!! My sister owns a Volt, what an amazing car!! Definitely will be buying one myself. I see some of the retards on here complaining about Chinese batteries, built overseas...blah blah blah!!! Everything you own has some degree of Chinese/foreign made components!!! So why don't you hypocrites stop using your TVs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, computers, ipads, ipods, iphones... the list is ENDLESS!!! Of course you won't.... why.... you're full of sheet hypocrites!!!!
And then you have the clueless people that think because your "Honda" or some other foreign car was built in America it somehow makes it OK. Profits for those cars go to FOREIGN countries economies!!!
I love the statement below about Nissan being French owed... but Americans will buy Nissans like they're going out of style... but they renamed French Fries into Freedom Fries!!!! HYPOCRITES!
I love being an American... but I'm embarrassed by my fellow countrymen... we're a joke to the rest of the world.
Here are actual facts:
I traded in my 2006 Lexus IS 250 for a Chevy Volt on 1/17/12.
Since then, I have driven the Volt for slightly more than 5,100 miles. In March 2012, I had a rapid 240v charger installed at my home in Houston, TX, for a total out-of-pocket cost of $163, which cuts my charging time down by 60%, which was due to a $225 permit charge from the City of Houston. The DOE rebate covered the entire cost of the charger, the home installation, and part of the cost of the permit.
During those 5,100 miles driven, I have made 3 out-of-town trips. Two were approximately 220 miles round trip, and the third was 130 miles round trip. Since I purchased the vehicle in January, I have spent $45.64 on Premium Unleaded gasoline. Over the time I have owned this vehicle, that averages out to more than 200 miles per gallon of gasoline used. Yes, the Volt requires Premium, and that is all that I have put in it.
As I previously mentioned, I installed the high-tech 240v rapid charger from Blink, which is connected to my home WiFi, and generates a number of reports. For the months of April and May, I paid approximately $1 per day in electricity for car charging. For April, it cost $30.47 and for May, charging cost $30.82. (I did not include March's numbers, as they would actually skew my cost lower, because I went on vacation for 10 days.) I presently am paying $0.095 per Kwh with Tara Energy. I live 11.6 miles from my job, so my daily commute to and from work is 100% on battery. My average battery life with mixed driving is 38 miles before switching to gas.
When I was driving my Lexus, I was spending $160-$200 per month for gasoline on average. Since I have owned the Volt, my average cost per month for gas and electricity combined comes to approximately $40 per month. If gas prices remain the same (which we all know they will NOT), I will save $1,680 per year in fuel costs. Obviously that number will increase as the cost of gasoline goes up.
Also, for all of you who claim that my battery won't last, and I will end up having to pay to have it replaced, you obviously have not done your homework. All Volts made come with a 10 year / 100,000 mile warranty on the battery. If it fails during this time, it will be replaced free of charge by Chevy. Given that during my lifetime, I have never kept a car past 8 years or beyond 88,000 miles, this will obviously be not be an issue.
Also, one other benefit that many people may not know is the 5 years of Onstar comes included with every Volt.
I have been following Ray Kurtzweil. He has been accurate on all his predictions and he is now saying that solar will be the next power source for the world because nano technology will produce solar panels in the future that will be lighter, much more efficient and way cheaper.
In California, with its perpetual sunshine, it is easy to picture solar charging stations at home, at work, shopping, everywhere.
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