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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 PA-Ron on 4/3/2012 7:03:26 AM , Rating: 2
Hey Ammohunt,
Perhaps you live your live ON the Golf Course and not IN reality. If you had even a clue about how the Chevy Volt operates you would know that the car has NO real range. It drives the first 35 miles TOTALLY GAS FREE and if, at that point, you do not plug it back in a GAS generator keeps the car rolling for as long as you put gas in it, kind of like the 1955 Cadillac you must be driving! I have 2 Volts. One has gone 5300 miles so far on 8 gallons of gas. The other has gone 7400 miles on 42 gallons. The car is revolutionary and you compare it a golf cart. Your blog is insulting because it reflects that you have absolutely no knowledge of what you speak. Remember my comments when you are swiping your credit card at the gas station and the meter reads $100 for what I would expect is a gas hog that you drive. I drive basically GAS FREE!

RE: Of course
By Dr of crap on 4/3/2012 8:34:43 AM , Rating: 2
Make sure you drive both those Volts for 14 years to recoup your payments!

RE: Of course
By mindless1 on 4/3/2012 12:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
... and factor in the replacement battery pack too (Not a cheap *repair*, most people will probably total the car out at that point if they can't sell it).

RE: Of course
By Qapa on 4/3/2012 9:08:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well, while that is a fair concern, also consider this:

1 - The Leaf, without changing the batteries, in the 2013 version now has 25 extra miles (on cold weather on something..)

2 - With the amount (tons and tons) of batteries R&D going on, I personally cannot believe we will end up, after 5-10 years having to buy the same batteries, either similar range and much cheaper or much bigger range... but yes, this is still kind of a gamble (though the amount of research makes it easier to believe).

3 - If some of the promised values hold up - 10 years - it is already a pretty diluted value which would mean, I personally would end up using more gas with my current car then the current price of those batteries.

So, still, of course you need to factor that in, but:
A - it isn't that clear after how many years will you need to do that;
B - what will the prices be by then;
C - if you'll consider it an upgrade (i.e.: doubling the range) instead of just maintenance; in which case maybe you'd need to also factor in "part of a new car" ;)

RE: Of course
By mindless1 on 4/4/2012 12:26:25 PM , Rating: 2
There's been tons and tons of battery R&D going on for several decades, it generally takes more than 10 years to develop, mass produce and implement something significantly better.

I am fairly confident there is no chance at all that batteries will have 50% more capacity in 10 years let alone 100%, but even if they do, it could mean different heating or cooling requirements, different charger is needed... not just a drop in replacement pack.

RE: Of course
By Qapa on 4/7/2012 10:26:38 AM , Rating: 2
There was some indication somewhere (I think someone mentioned in a EV event) that Nissan was trying to go that route - providing upgrade packs.

Also remember it shouldn't be so difficult as the car's battery is actually a bunch (near 200 if I remember correctly) smaller batteries - so there is not 1 massive battery with a very specific size and format to make.

Well, lets hope! :)

RE: Of course
By Ammohunt on 4/3/2012 3:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
I drive a 2004 Prius 130 miles a day round trip it has over a quarter if a million miles on it. Outside of normal maintenance i have put less than $1000 into it over the years. I used to be a GM guy i own three older GM vehicles currently and have owned several over the years things being as they are and based on past experiences with GM dealerships i will never ever buy another GM vehicle again even if they end up being the last vehicle manufacturer on the planet i will sooner walk.

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