I don't think it's greed as much as clinging to a post WWII Leave it to Beaver vision of the US that has now passed.The Unions are killing the automakers with greed now. I have no problem with Unions, but the Unions have got realise by now that their greed is killing the car manufacturers.
The concept is a rolling movie prop with no suspension that sounds like cinder blocks scraping on pavement when it lumbers around. Nobody's actually videotaped the mules in motion but presumably they can go freeway speed.I do have a question about the volt though. Has anyone seen it driving faster than ~15 MPH?
The volt is "supposedly" to be in production by 2010. The one media invite to the test track and the volt never got over 10mph and then had to be pushed onto a rescue vehicle. GM lead by Mr. Waggoner and Lutz need to get on the ball. The Volt range is only 40 miles then the split cycle of a onboard ICE will recharge the lithum cell. GM has not shown or really built the ICE part of the Volt design. Mr.Lutz does not like the Prius but by 2010 Toyota will be geared up to mass produce the Prius hybrid 1.8 ICE which will get a better mpg than current production. The Mississippi Toyota plant will be shipping Prius by rail by year 2010 as well.Woops. I tried to start a thread on the volt in the chit-chat section, but forgot we have a hybrid section.
I do have a question about the volt though. Has anyone seen it driving faster than ~15 MPH?
Hardly...it was trucked to DC and driven a COUPLE OF MILES at very LOW speeds...that put's a lot of doubt into GM's progress with the Volt.The GM CEO drove it from Detroit to DC so I am assuming some progress has been made.
thanks for the thanks..as far as your Prius comment, I also didn't have a lot of admiration for the Prius until I learned that it only uses 200wh/m. So we are now modifying them to Plug-Ins and they are great little EV's. I drive to work and back w/o using the engine.Points to you, hybrad. Thanks for that article.