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Former president George H.W. Bush jumps on the Volt bandwagon

The Chevrolet Volt has been battered and bruised over the course of the past six months. The vehicle has weathered an NHTSA investigation into fires, attacks from the members of the media, and production slowdowns. However, General Motors is now touting that the plug-in hybrid had its best sales ever during the month of March.
According to Bloomberg, over 2,000 Volts were sold during the month, surpassing the previous high of 1,529 units in December 2011. GM also claims that it sold over 100,000 vehicles during the month that have an EPA rating of 30 mpg or better. Rather conveniently, GM only cites the highway rating instead of the combined rating to reach that 100,000 figure -- the EPA combined rating takes into account both city and highway fuel economy and is closer to what most drivers will see in the real world.
"GM's strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "Three years ago, about 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway. Today, that number is about 40 percent, and we have more new fuel-economy leaders on the way."

Former President George H.W. Bush bought a new Chevy Volt for his son, Neil Bush
In other Volt news, former Republican President George H.W. Bush bought a Chevrolet Volt. Fox News reports that the former president bought his son, Neil Bush, a Volt for his birthday.
In February, current President Barack Obama promised that he would buy a Chevrolet Volt once he leaves office. "Five years from now when I'm not president anymore, I'll buy one and drive it myself," said President Obama in a speech to members of the United Auto Workers in late February.
The Chevrolet Volt has a base MSRP of $39,145 before a $7,500 tax credit and can travel for up to 36 miles on battery power alone.

Sources: Bloomberg, Fox News, General Motors

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RE: Of course
By Ammohunt on 4/2/2012 10:57:36 PM , Rating: 0
I know you! you are that guy from the Chevy volt commercials

"This is not the exploding car you are looking for"

<waves hand>

RE: Of course
By Jeffk464 on 4/3/2012 8:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
Uhm, electric cars are far safer than gasoline when it comes to fire danger from accidents. But the volt still has a gas tank so, eh.

RE: Of course
By mindless1 on 4/3/2012 12:06:34 PM , Rating: 3
You do not have any statistical information appropriate to make that conclusion. Therefore you are making up BS.

Did you consider that if any of the cells in the battery are ruptured, it may cause a violent chain reaction fireball?

Regardless, risk of death by fire in a vehicle is quite low compared to other trama resulting from a wreck.

RE: Of course
By gregpet on 4/3/12, Rating: 0
RE: Of course
By mindless1 on 4/4/2012 12:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
well I did misspell (or type) trauma but the fact remains, assumptions don't come close to proving things the same as years of data do. We will only see in retrospect a few years from now whether current battery powered vehicles are more or less prone to fire than current gen ICE vehicles.

Consider something else too. With electric vehicles you introduce a separate source of potential heat, degraded high current wiring and connectors from the battery pack to the engine.

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