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The chevy volt, pipe dream or a viable solution?

  1. Sep 16, 2008 #1
    The new chevy volt design was unveiled today: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080916/ap_on_bi_ge/gm_centennial;_ylt=AuVoT6aLIov8pyZGWNXsNjxsaMYA" [Broken]

    There's a lot of controversy over this car in the engineering world. Since its being developed right in my neighborhood I hear a lot about its development. I think the car looks pretty sharp but GM has a lot of work ahead of them. They still need to find someone who can produce a half way descent battery let alone the monumental task of creating an entirely new series-hybrid drive train. I know first hand how difficult that can be.

    They also have a lot of strict competition coming from Toyota who is set to build a similar series-hybrid to be released in 2010, and knowing Toyota they will probably do it at the cheapest price. With the price set at $30k-$40k would you buy one? I just can't see this being a very good band aid until we develop a hydrogen economy.
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  3. Sep 16, 2008 #2
    How do you know first hand?
  4. Sep 16, 2008 #3
    Check the profile.
  5. Sep 16, 2008 #4
    For $40,000.. it will be an epic fail. Toyota will modify their Prius to make it a plug-in and sell it for 10K less. Then they'll buy GM after their liabilities fall off in a few years.
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