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Old 07-20-2010, 11:58 AM   #1
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What do you guys think about them? I have seen quite a few Chevy Volt's around lately.....that car is sweeeeeeeeeet. I guess it goes like 40 miles before using any fuel. So when you run out of electric power, there is a generator that powers the electric motor, so you'll never be stranded, pretty cool. Supposedly a full charge, that you would plug into a standard outlet at your home, would cost less than $2, also cool.

I dont want to debate trading one fossil fuel for another, I just wanted to see what everyone thought A-Boat ( for Rcon ) them. I think its a step in the right direction. I am really considering getting one. My round trip to the shop is just over 40 miles. The sticker is $32K +/-, so its fairly expensive. BUT, the govt is giving a $7500 tax rebate on them, so it becomes a bit more affordable. Right now I drive a Truck, getting around 17mpg highway. Runs around $300/month in fuel. The fuel savings alone could offset a good portion of the vehicle cost. Plus, GM is giving an 8 year warranty on the battery, thats unbelievable!!! I cant get a cell phone battery to last more than 6 months
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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Not a bad looking ride. Now if the dealers dont get greedy with additional profit markups. Seen it happen too many times when something new and hard to get comes out.
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Not a bad looking ride. Now if the dealers dont get greedy with additional profit markups. Seen it happen too many times when something new and hard to get comes out.
I thought about that too, but with the way the big three's financials have been, not to mention all of the govt. involvement with their business, I really dont see that happening, but who knows.

Being in the Detroit area, with all the car companies around, its pretty neat to see the cars before everyone else. My neighbor was working on the new Ford Taurus a few years ago. It was still in development stages, when he brought one home for testing. Had black and white checkerboard like sticker/reflectors all over it, ( in the biz, they call it "goo") its used to make photographing impossible. He brought this car home and came over to my house all excited....he said "you gotta come check out this car, its the new Ford Taurus SHO, and it is awesome". I told him...you just used "Taurus" and "awesome" in the same sentence, nothing has ever been "awesome" about a Taurus. If you havent seen one, or driven one, its worth checking out if you have some spare time just for kicks. 360HP all wheel drive, 2 Turbos ( forget what he called them ) and over 30MPG.
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Do you have to replace battery after so much use, if so how much are the battery's?

That was the draw back for me on elct. cars when I was looking into them. The replacement was like 6k for the Honda's
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I like it, wonder how it does in the Rocky Mountains?
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Do you have to replace battery after so much use, if so how much are the battery's?

That was the draw back for me on elct. cars when I was looking into them. The replacement was like 6k for the Honda's
I know its pretty pricey for the hybrids, the new type battery on the Volt has an 8 year warranty
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I like it, wonder how it does in the Rocky Mountains?
Wondering the same thing about Michigan. I cant imagine it would be any worse than any other compact car. Its a bit smaller than the Pontiac G6. Should be fine. Actually has really good power. Electric motors have great low end.
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with electric engines with all that torque.. I am SURE they would perform well in the mountains.
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I am just discovering the joys of being "green" ! Here is a great link to some eco friendly cars and a cool eco forum !!! enjoy


http://www.envirocitizen.org/forums/...reen-cars.html
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I am just discovering the joys of being "green" ! Here is a great link to some eco friendly cars and a cool eco forum !!! enjoy


http://www.envirocitizen.org/forums/...reen-cars.html
Thanks Not to sound rude, or like I dont care about the environment. Saving my "green" is important, helping the environment by doing so is an added bonus Thanks for the link, some great stuff there
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I'm trying to convince the wife to let me trade in her SUV for this. Can't seem to find any solid pricing information though.
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