In the interview Mr. Nysschen comments, "I
don’t think the Volt is a car for idiots."
He says the
journalists misinterpreted his comments, and that what he really
meant was that he felt the Volt was "an idiotic business case."
However, from there his comments go south as he begins insulting the
now-profitable Tesla. He states, "We might as well have
been taking about the Tesla. I am not an enemy of the (Volt)
He hints that he believes buyers of EVs to be
foolish, remarking that they "cannot amortize their incremental
fixed investment in the cost of the car to the savings in fuel
consumptions." He is careful to call the business plan,
though, not the buyers, "idiotic". He also opines
that the environmental benefits of EVs are debatable.
states that he "cares very, very deeply about the planet, what
we are doing to it and how our activities of today are shaping
tomorrow." He says he is "astonished" by the
"misconceptions" he says that lawmakers and buyers hold
that plug-in EVs are emissions free. He refers to CARB report
that claims that well to wheel emissions in the U.S. with plug-ins
are higher than diesel vehicles as their electricity comes largely
from coal plants. The interviewer asked if he had read the
EPRI-NRDC study from 2007 that showed that EVs feature less net
emissions than gas vehicles. He said that he was "not
familiar with that study."
He calls corn ethanol an
"outrage", though he says cellulosic
ethanol is a good idea. He also says that diesel is the
best option, though he admitted that it didn't eliminate the U.S.'s
dependence on unstable foreign sources.
Wrapping up, he
admits, "I have never obviously driven a Volt. [But I
have] always looked at the car with great interest."
he is willing to judge the vehicle, stating, "Its not a premium
car feel, but it’s got a premium car price."
quote: Then he says something utterly idiotic and call diesel the answer that really isn't the answer, lol. Of course it isn't the answer. Its a trade off and a terrible one for the US. You are trading one fossil fuel for another in a complete and utter waste of time and resources. Converting pipelines from one fuel to another which will result in utter chaos and price spikes. Then you have the general public competing with the Military and Train industry for diesel fuel. Dumb.
quote: the switch you are referring to is on an order of magnitudes more complicated then you are making it out to be.
quote: your example is a little short sited. you are talking about replacing current pumps with newer models.
quote: The biggest difference is in the size of the nozzle throat, which is larger for diesel than gasoline, but that only requires a simple (5 minute or less) change out of the nozzle.
quote: Who said anything about paying back the public debt? You think that will ever happen?
quote: Then China and Japan will call our debt due and in trade of what we owe them take most of the West Coast as trade in against the debt.
quote: But I keep thinking that a new Chevy Volt
quote: if you fail to drive exactly 40 miles every single day, or if the engine ever comes on, you eat into that "savings". Plus I'm assuming $0 for the cost of electricity!!!
quote: I can only make assumptions on what we know now. The picks and previews certainly put it in the lower end car category to me.
quote: As far as gas staying at $3, that was conservative since where I live it only hit that for about a week over a year ago. We rarely get above $2.60. And this week I filled for $2.20.
quote: I gave the Volt every advantage I could in the calculations
quote: The Volt is estimated to sell for $40k (we don't know if that's before or after the tax credit, but let's assume it's before).
quote: The battery on the Volt is estimated to last 150,000 miles before you have to replace it (estimated @ $8k)
quote: If gas averaged $4.00/gal ($0.08/mi on the Prius or the Volt after the 40mi battery range), you would spend $12,000 on gasoline for 150k miles on the Prius.
quote: At $0.11 per KWh, 25KWh to charge it for 100 miles (GM estimates), that's 25 * $0.11 / 100mi = $0.027/mi for electricity.
quote: So, at $3/gal vs $0.11/KWh the net costs for operating the Prius and Volt are the same. Right now, gasoline is well under $3/gal in most parts of the country, making the Prius cheaper to operate than the Volt.
quote: Any way you look at it, the Prius has a $3k to $13k price advantage over the Volt, and currently has lower operating costs.
quote: And where is the $8k figure coming from?
quote: You're assuming [un]realistically high electrical rates. Not only are most peak rates below $0.11/KWH (I know here its $0.0787/KWH in NC, similar in GA) but most of this would be during non-peak hours when rates are significantly less. I don't have non-peak rates here but even so the rate you use is way too high.
quote: I'm not talking about all audis, just the one's that cost $50,000 and under.
quote: Your point of view is quite flawed. Volt buyers are not idiots, Volt buyers buying the car thinking it will save them money are.
quote: Anybody buying an American car from a bankrupt company that can't design, manufacture or service long lasting and energy efficient car is a moron.