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The U.S. wants to buy the first 100 Chevy Volts that GM produces.
The government is a big fan of GM's new electric vehicle

On Wednesday the 2011 Chevy Volt achieved an important milestone, with a pre-production model rolling off the assembly line in Hamtramck, Michigan.  Previously pre-production Volts have been built by hand and tested.  Porting the process over onto the assembly line was a critical step in preparing to commercially deploy the vehicle.

States GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant manager, Teri Quigley, "We have a very experienced workforce at this plant and through all of their preparation and training workers here have been given the privilege to take GM into the future with this car."

The plant is expected to continue to build pre-production models until late this year, when it will jump to a production build in preparation for the November 10 launch.

In other news, in order to meet its fuel efficiency goals, according to 
Ward's Auto the government says it wants to buy the first 100 Chevy Volts produced by GM.  The government has vowed to cut its fleet's fuel footprint by 30 percent by 2020.  The government also expressed interest in Chrysler's upcoming plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) Dodge Ram.  It, however, has not yet expressed interest in the top-selling Ford Fusion Hybrid.

GM has responded to the government's intent to purchase the first 100 Volts.  It released a statement remarking:

We are pleased to see that the Federal government is interested in the greening of their vehicle fleet. Media speculation has led to reports that the GSA and DOE will be buying the first 100 Chevrolet Volt's because we will meet this criteria. At this time we have no further details regarding these purchases.

The Chevy Volt is the first electric vehicle to be mass produced in America (Tesla Roadsters are manufactured overseas and in small batches, while the mass produced 2011 Nissan Leaf will initially be produced in Japan).  It gets 40 miles on a charge, thanks to its 16 kWh battery.  It can be charged from a 120-240VAC standard residential outlet using the SAE's new standards compliant SAE-J1722 adapter.  It can also extend its range to over 300 miles, by employing a small built in 4-cylinder gas engine.

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RE: What that statement really said
By bhieb on 4/2/2010 10:48:51 AM , Rating: 5
It, however, has not yet expressed interest in the top-selling Ford Fusion Hybrid.

I love this line. Well DUH the Pepsi corporate office does not have Coke vending machines either.

When you own/invest in a company you tend to want to spend your money their first.

RE: What that statement really said
By Keeir on 4/2/2010 11:39:27 AM , Rating: 1
Alright, the Ford Fusion we can all agree is a fantastic car. But its also fairly expensive.

if the price premium over a base C/D-segment 25 MPG car is $10,000 for the Fusion and $20,000 for the Volt (remember no government subsidy)

And your Goal is to reduce -gasoline- usage as much as possible, over 100,000 miles, the Fusion reduces gasoline usage at a cost ~6.67 dollars per gallon. The Volt reduces gasoline usage at a cost of ~5.75 dollars per gallon. (Note this is if we -ignore- the increase in electricity)

As expected service life of car increases, the Volt becomes a better and better bargin

If the End goal is to reduce gasoline consumption as much as possible per dollar, the Government should buy Prii, Leafs, Volts, and Fusions in that order.

If the end goal is a compromise between buying American and effectively reducing total gasoline usage, Volts would be the best.

Assumed Numbers over 100,000 miles

Car      Premium    Gas Savings    Dollars/Gal
Volt     20,000     3,500 gal      5.75
Leaf     15,000     4,000 gal      3.75
Fusion 10,000     1,500 gal      6.67
Prius    7,000      2,000 gal      3.50
Leaf^   16,700     4,000 gal    4.18
Volt^    21,700     3,500 gal      6.20
Leaf*    8,500      4,000 gal      2.12
Volt*    13,500     3,500 gal      3.87

^ Includes approximate electricity required valued at Industrial Average Rate per DOE of 6.8 cents per kWh
* Includes Government 7,500 Credit and 1,000 charge for installation of 220V charger

RE: What that statement really said
By JediJeb on 4/2/2010 3:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
What about the new Hyundai Sonata hybrid?

RE: What that statement really said
By Keeir on 4/2/2010 5:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I understand, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at ~28,000 dollars (Hyundai Site does not yet have offical MSRP). This puts it at a 9,000-10,000 premium over a comparable Sonata/25 MPG car.

Since its fuel economy is roughly the same as the Fusion and the premium is rouhgly the same, it falls in the 6.50-7.00 dollar a gallon range.

(Now, I am assuming that for the most part the Government will want to purchase base model cars without alot of the frills a personal car might have. Heated seats for example, do not provide significant more utility to the government, but might be a feature you value...)

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