Sources: InsideBayArea, CNN
quote: the Volt has a $7500 Federal tax credit vs. the lame $2000 Federal tax deduction available on hybrids.
quote: The point of the subsidy is that you would burn less of it.
quote: Yes he is talking about having to pay more for using more fuel. So yes, he is already paying for any effects of the used fuel. The subsidized person essentially gets rewarded for burning the same amount of fuel. The point of the subsidy is that you would burn less of it.
quote: Reason being that there is not enough coal in the US to power all of our vehicles
quote: Where did you get that from?
quote: And who said we have to use coal? Why not nuclear? Even CCGT is almost as cheap as coal nowadays.
quote: ...you are using more fuel to cover the same distance which means you are emitting more pollutants in the atmosphere than the average car would. The government is asking you to 'true up' for that.
quote: Because the floor mat issue with Toyota was CAUSING accidents.
quote: This particular Volt issue has yet to occur in the real world.
quote: Toyota's issue on the other hand was repeated higher than expected cases of unintentional acceleration.
quote: If a Volt is fully charged and in a side impact crash with a much stiffer object and is then placed in a storage facility and ignored for weeks counter to the manufacturers user guide and recommendations there is a chance that it will catch fire. Of course, this is not really a reasonable test for the real world post the actual impact.
quote: If there was no issue here, why the recall at all?
quote: If I damaged the fuel system in my car, and parked it someplace sitting full of fuel, then no one would question I was in the wrong if the car/building caught on fire. In fact, I am almost positive that most manufacturers recommend not even using emergency lights or flares if you suspect your car is leaking fuel.
quote: One last option is to develop a 'Quick disconnect/fuse' feature
quote: From a PR point, most people will forget (as you seem to have done with all the other recalls that have happened over the years)
quote: This is basically a flaw in a system that hasn't really been done before.
quote: That's not to mention its based on 6142 volts sold instead of the 7500 or so that was sold in 2011 (8000 if you count the vehicles sold in 2010)
quote: The Volt is not a high seller but 7500 cars in its 1st year is not yet flop *for a new technology* vehicle.
quote: Everyone with some common sense -- something Americans are still pretty good at --
quote: pretty much expects that a brand-new car full of brand-new technology is going to need some minor tweaks.
quote: HAHAHAHAAH!!! OH man, that's a good one. Thanks. What Americans are YOU looking at?