• Thomas Posted: 9/16/2008 11:48am PDT

    When they make a list of companies that missed the boat when it comes to reaction of concept to production, the Volt will be number 1 on that list. They took the prius and the insight and through on a flashy "Camaro" grille and thought they could fool everyone. This car will flop and they will be asking themselves why.

  • john godfrey Posted: 9/16/2008 11:52am PDT

    Interior: Needs center armrest to be extended for comfort; get rid of cupholder eyesores on center console and relocate.
    Exterior: Looks awkward rather than smooth flowing.

  • Car Dealer Posted: 9/16/2008 1:06pm PDT

    What a slick looking car! I love how it is not only gas-electric, but it also comes with a lot of amenities you find in higher end cars. I think I will be the first in line for this one!

  • Bruce Lee Posted: 9/16/2008 1:34pm PDT

    Thomas,
    I know that English is my second laguage, lad, but I couldn't understand your second sentence. That much hate for GM?
    I am not a 'buy American only' type of person. In fact, I've own Nissans and Hondas until recently, but I don't favor either company. I am more of a "My loyalty is to my money" type of person.
    My only disappointment with the Volt is the price. I was hoping it would be in the low 30s.
    Good luck GM.
    BrueLee (in San Fran - home of the import buyers)

  • Rich Posted: 9/16/2008 2:45pm PDT

    Is that an updated Chrysler Sebring? The entire design misses the boat as compared to the show car. Great technology wrapped in a me-too, plain Jane wrapper.

  • Helen Earley Posted: 9/16/2008 3:33pm PDT

    Sounds like a great car,looks great to me but the price of $30-40 thousand is way out of our budget! There are a lot of people in West Virginia that can't afford one.How well does it preform on hills & mountains.Plus what kind of warrenty does it come with? Thanks GM but no one in here ca afford it.
    Helen Earley hlearley@yahoo.com

  • Graham Posted: 9/17/2008 6:02am PDT

    How the hell do they plan to achieve 150mpg? And under what conditions?
    That is more that two to three times better than a Prius!
    By only using the engine to charge the batteries (not connected to the driven wheels) the Volt powertrain will add the losses due to the generator+batteries+electric motor compared to driving the wheels directly.
    The only gain will be that engine can be run at a constant speed equivalent to its optimal efficiency.

  • Farm kid Posted: 9/17/2008 8:42am PDT

    Guys, think for a minute here... GM is introducing a car that is new in every respect. They don't have mass production to help them cut costs, so it's going to be expensive for the first few years. Then, competition and mass production will kick in, minus some inflation, and we'll see prices come back down a little more.
    When Toyota introduced the Prius originally, I'm sure their initial input costs, etc, were high and they lost a fair amount of money. But then people started to buy it, production costs went down along with price, and here we stand.
    Seems like there's a lot of "anti-GM" attitude out there, and frankly, it doesn't make sense. Give them a break - they've just introduced some of the finest electric technology since the Prius, and they've helped to develop a lithium-ion battery big enough to get 40 miles of range without overheating the car. That's a huge amount of technology here.
    New technology is expensive, but even if this thing gets 70 or 80mpg instead of the purported 150mpg, it will justify itself within 2 or 3 years for regular commuters.
    So get over your complaints and recognize the significant technological advancements you're seeing. We're in incredible times - high gas prices are driving all sorts of new technology to market. Shouldn't that excite us?

  • Rich Rosenthal Posted: 9/17/2008 10:36am PDT

    This is a hybrid with a very pricey battery. The comment about McCain is odd. We can all check the candidates web sites and discover that renewable/EV infrastructure is mostly advanced by the democractic side.
    I applaud GM for the volt but the low cost EV that will become the standard vehicle on the road will not have an gas engine, get 100+ miles on a charge, will charge quickly or swap batteries. The volt does not replace the EV1 or make up for it. It just proves that GM can belatedly compete with Toyota.
    EVs will be like computers when they become economically viable for the mass market. They will advance, and become very inexpensive, much faster than we can imagine because the underlying technology is much simpler and requires much less complex parts. Much promise hinges on advanced energy storage but beyond that vehicles should be less expensive to build, maintain and propel.

  • JKD Posted: 9/17/2008 5:35pm PDT

    There will be plenty of people dropping $50K or more when it all said and done (including dealer's mark-up) Supplying West Virginia with these cheaply is probably the least of GM's concerns :-)