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Commented On: Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2014-2015 Plug-In Car, With Specs

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If most of your trips are in all electric mode, you must have an extremely short commute (less than 6 miles?!). After a little more than 2 years, I'm up to about 24k EV miles (26k total) on my Volt. Driving every day in a PiP, it would take about 11 years to get to that point. It's clear that the PiP makes a huge EV-mile compromise compared with any of the other plugin options on the market.

Commented On: Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?

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Thanks for taking the time to refute that article. I find most posts from Seeking Alpha to be similar to Weiss'. Invariably, the posts are trying to convince other investors to either buy or sell a stock to the author's advantage. On the surface many authors are good at making it look like they've "done their homework", but dig in a little deeper and its clear they are merely selectively picking convenient facts to further their agenda. As a patent attorney, I've seen many Seeking Alpha posts about patents issuing or being litigated that demonstrate either gross misunderstandings or deliberate deception. All posts on that site should be taken with a HUGE grain of salt.

Commented On: Will Chevy Volt Sales Hit 40,000 This Year (Ampera Included)?

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Considering that it took the Prius about 5 years to hit that yearly number, I'd say 40k is very reasonable for this type of car. Even if they don't hit their target, I don't think you will see the same firestorm of criticism as there was in 2011, especially from the right. Romney has essentially taken credit for the Obama bailout of GM, which shows how the election year has changed the political atmosphere.

Commented On: Been ICEd? Gas Cars Parking In Electric-Car Charging Spots (Video)

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I disagree, there are a significant number of EVs in Santa Monica. Everywhere I look I see a Leaf or Volt (and sometimes now an Active E).

I think there are two issues going on here. First, LA had many old, paddle style EV chargers installed a decade ago. After the first year or two, most sat completely unused for years, so people starting iceing the spaces. Since no one was using the spaces, no one complained.

Second, is enforcement. About 1.5 years ago when I first started driving my Volt, the garage at Santa Monica Place didn't initially ticket for iceing one of their EV spaces and often the spaces were iced. Sometime in the last year, they apparently started ticketing and I haven't seen an iced space there since.

Commented On: Chevy Volt No Good Because You Have To Rearrange Your Garage?

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Anders sounds old, grumpy, and set in his ways. Most people under 40 are programmed to plug anything and everything in to recharge. Laptops, phones, iPads, GPS devices, etc. The Volt, or any plugin vehicle isn't much different. And I'd much rather spend an extra 2 seconds plugging in every day than stopping off at a gas station once a week.

Commented On: 2012 Chevrolet Volt: Most Loved Compact Car, Most Satisfied Drivers

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After a year and a half with my Volt, I am still extremely satisfied. Way more than any other car I've owned. And not just with the car, but with GM too. They've been extremely responsive to any perceived problems and have bent over backwards to accommodate owners (e.g., offering to buy back Volts during the bogus battery fire issues). Contrast that with Nissan who seems to be dragging their heals and maybe even covering up the battery degradation issues.

Commented On: 2013 Nissan Leaf: What Would You Change?

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Battery pack is my vote. If the Volt is getting a modest increase in its battery size, the Leaf should too. I want to see a battery arms race get going here.

Commented On: Electric Cars Equal $1/Gallon Gas For Life + $1,200 Cash A Year

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With an 8 year battery warranty on my Volt, I'm not worried about battery costs. Plus, GM is charging about $3k for replacement Volt batteries. That's very reasonable.

Commented On: Electric Cars Equal $1/Gallon Gas For Life + $1,200 Cash A Year

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The calculations here are a little fuzzy/misleading. 1 gallon of gas supposedly has 34.02 kWh of energy (this is what the MPGe calculations uses). 34.02 x $.11 (Avg. electric rate per kWh) = $3.74/gallon, at least technically. The real benefit is that electric motors are more efficient, getting 2-3 times the miles out of that energy. I think a $/mile comparison is a better way to make this comparison.

Commented On: 2011 Nissan Leafs Start Losing Capacity Bars: Should You Worry?

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You missed the other part of the story here, which is that Nissan has a less-than-stellar warranty. It only covers power performance, not capacity. GM by contrast guarantees at least 70% of the original range through year 8. See:
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