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Chevrolet Volt

Bob Lutz is a legend among auto enthusiasts  (Source: Patrick Arena/The Car Lounge)
Bob Lutz is tired of the Volt haterz

The Chevrolet Volt has been a bit of a lightning rod in the automotive industry and political arena. The vehicle was first shown as a concept back in early 2007 and went into production in late 2010. 

The Volt can travel from 25 to 50 miles on battery power alone before the gasoline engine/generator kicks in to keep the vehicle moving. All of this technowizardry comes at a steep entry price, however. The Volt's base MSRP is $41,000 before a $7,500 tax credit

Because of the Volt's high price tag and GM's past bankruptcy, the Volt program has come under a lot of scrutiny. Rush Limbaugh was a vocal critic of the Volt, noting in July 2010

I'm not going to recommend people go buy an electric car that gets 40 miles to a charge.  That would shoot my credibility.  It takes three to four hours to charge the thing, 40 miles to the charge.  And then there's a backup gas tank that gives you 375 miles.   

So who's kidding who here?  And all this is 41 grand.  This is the most expensive Chevrolet outside a Corvette.  

Bob Lutz, former vice chairman and "Car Czar" for General Motors, is fighting back at the critics in a new book due out next month. Lutz, who identifies himself strongly with conservative ideals, had some harsh criticism for some of the more vocal critics in the media according to Motor Trend magazine

Animosity towards the Obama administration is so intense among the right-wing talk-show hosts that any vulnerability, however tenuous, must be attacked and blamed on ‘socialist influence’, with no regard to truth or to the damage these reckless claims can make to GM, an American corporation, to the dedicated and hard-driving members of the Volt team, and to a now-misinformed public that may be steered away from a transportation solution that would fill their needs perfectly.

Lutz went on to say that these people hurt the credibility of the Republican Party. The outspoken Lutz doesn't take too kindly to people criticizing the hard work that went into developing the Volt, and feels that the Volt is just the beginning of a new wave of advancements in automotive powertrain design.

The skeptics, the pundits, the GM haters, and those who detest lithium-ion as a chemistry will all be dragged, however unwillingly, to the same conclusion. Volt paved the way; Volt was the first with the extended-range EV concept; Volt demonstrated the will and the technological capability of General Motors.  And to all the doubters, opponents, critics and skeptics… [including] Glenn Beck, I say: ‘Eat your hearts out. Volt is the future’. 

The Chevrolet Volt (EPA classified as a compact) is definitely not for everyone – its high price of entry (before tax credit) makes it a non-starter for many people. And in many cases, sub-$20,000 compact cars that can achieve 40 mpg or greater on the highway and roughly 33 mpg combined make better buying options. Likewise, hybrids like the Prius, Fusion, and Sonata offer more room than the Volt, excellent fuel economy, and much lower price tags.

However, for those that like to stay away from gas pumps as much as possible, but still want the added security of a gasoline backup when needed, the Volt makes a credible alternative to all-electric vehicles like the Leaf.

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RE: Good on him
By Dr of crap on 4/29/2011 8:50:12 AM , Rating: -1
You are a GM emplyee??

Do you know what revolutionary means?

This car is a hybrid - slice it up any way you want. Dress it up as some NEW way of doing things - it's a hybrid. Albeit a different hybrid non the less.


The problem is that GM needed help to survive, and then they say you need to get this fantastic car, yet we are not making any money on it. But this is the saving grace of the company. AND it costs WAY TO MUCH for the AVERAGE family to buy!

You see the problem, right?
Nothing new here, to many dollars for nothing new.

Maybe the eAssist is the way for GM to go.
But the Volt is WAY over hyped and I'M tired of hearing about it already!
PLEASE stop saying this car is the GOD of cars. IT IS NOT!

And as the sales figures are so low I'd guess most people see the wool being pulled over thier eyes by the stupid marketing people from GM!

RE: Good on him
By Wombat27 on 4/29/2011 9:11:20 AM , Rating: 4
Agreed! $60,000($40,000 + $20,000 dealer mark up)? if you have $1500-2000/mo to pay for this car.... you don't care about the gas mileage or the price you have to pay to fill it.

RE: Good on him
By allometry on 4/29/2011 11:02:04 AM , Rating: 4

People tend to get a bit more defensive when it comes to these types of cars, because it's political. But, if you look at this like a piece of technology (ipad, phone, etc), then the picture gets a little clearer.

If Apple came out with a new iPad that only had 16gb of memory and they wanted to charge 999 for it, we'd all say it's price is too high.

This is the same thing. It looks like a good car, it has some nice features, but within the 40k to 60k range, I can get a lot more car somewhere else. I'm not going to slap down this kind of cash, based on politics or ideology.

RE: Good on him
By Tabinium on 4/29/2011 12:29:58 PM , Rating: 5
I'm going to avoid the political comment, but it's interesting that you bring up something like the iPad.

I don't think it's a stretch to say that even $500 for an electronic device that is inferior in every tangible way to a netbook. It sells on "cool factor" alone. The Volt is the automotive equivalent to the iPad to the average consumer. However, this car is built for those who value the hybrid equivalent of the "cool factor" - the "smug factor". :)

RE: Good on him
By YashBudini on 4/29/11, Rating: 0
RE: Good on him
By Tabinium on 4/29/2011 1:37:45 PM , Rating: 3
If you're trying to make a point you've failed.

RE: Good on him
By YashBudini on 4/29/2011 5:15:39 PM , Rating: 1
I've seen may teachers make points students either can't or won't grasp. Neither reflects on the teacher.

RE: Good on him
By Skywalker123 on 4/30/2011 6:15:53 PM , Rating: 3
That's because you're in "special ed" classes.

RE: Good on him
By YashBudini on 5/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: Good on him
By grant2 on 5/22/2011 5:58:01 AM , Rating: 1
"AND it costs WAY TO MUCH for the AVERAGE family to buy!"

According to republicans, the average family makes over $250,000/year (and therefore needs more tax breaks). You think a family with that much income can't afford a $45k car?

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