Originally Posted by Ziggythewiz
The Volt is the winner of no arms race.
What's the point in driving 40 miles on electric followed by 2000 on gas? Just take a prius, TDI, or other car that actually gets good mileage. You could rent a Cruze for the trip and the gas money you save over taking the Volt would pay for itself.
The only two people I know who drive Volts don't run gasoline very often if at all. If I understand it right, that is true for most owners.
If I bought one, neither would I. My commute is 10 miles each way. The American average commute is 16 miles.
Did you think Chevy just pulled that 40 miles number out of a hat? No. It covers over 80% of the drivers.
Why don't I drive a Volt? It's not cost effective. $40k is too much. Needs to be in the $25k area.
As far as a gasser with good mileage? I had a mid 1980's Chevy Sprint. Few cars today can match it for fuel economy.
Why hasn't fuel economy shown a huge jump in 25 years? It has, just not in economy cars. A Sprint with modern technology like direct injection and better aero would be getting ~75mpg today. It was not an efficient engine, and it had the aero of a brick. The Corvette back then was 14mpg, today it's 26 with double the horsepower. Ditto for SUV's and pickups.
My 6400lb 3/4 ton 4x4 gets 25 mpg and has over 900HP. That could not be done 25 years ago.
While the US Gov't knows most Volts aren't running off gasoline, they list it as a hybrid. If you drive using only electricity, why isn't that an electric car? Politics. The Feds have always favored import companies. Lobbying is good. Free trip to Asia or Europe on a "fact finding" mission vs. a trip to Detroit. Which would you pick?
The Gov't killed the EV1. They were in high demand at the time. It was the first truly useful electric car, but Toyota and Honda lobbyied to repeal the Electric Mandate since they were not ready yet. They were successful, and it only cost GM $1 billion dollars.