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Commented On: How Far CAN The 2012 Chevrolet Volt Travel On Electricity Alone?


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My personal best is 56 miles. I was also driving in stop&go traffic, and my max speed was about 50 mph.

Commented On: Chevy Volt A Plug-In Hybrid? More Electric Than You Think, Owners Say


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EV Enthusiast, as a lawyer (and Volt driver), I understand why GM destroyed the EV1s even if it was a pr fiasco. GM had a lot of intellectual property (ip) in the EV1 technology. Once a person owns the car, it could be sold to a competitor and reverse engineered. GM probably felt the bes thing was to destroy them to prevent that from happening. Also, selling the car at the end of the leases would require GM to support it, which would cost them more money. I don't think you are correct that they sold their EV ip to an oil company. If that were so, they would not have the rights to use a lot of the EV tech that is in the Volt. I have not read anything about them licensing back that technology.

Commented On: Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Still Important, Automakers Say


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@John Bailo, Exactly. People take the flammability of gasoline and natural gas for granted. Think of the internal combustion engine- detonating gasoline in the cylinders. We are essentially driving molotov cocktails on wheels :P

How many action movie car chases end with a car or truck detonating in a massive fireball while the hero walks in slow motion towards the camera. Yes, hydrogen is flammable as well, but the Hindenburgh did not detonate like a bomb (imagine if it was filled with gasoline vapor instead).

Commented On: Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Still Important, Automakers Say


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@John Voelker, It is my understanding that GM is still actively developing/refining its fuel cell technology although they have been quiet recently. BMW and Toyota just inked a technology cooperation contract regarding development of fuel cells.

As a proud Volt driver, I see fuel cells as complementary to BEV technology. I would love to see a fuel cell supplementing the plug, and replacing the gasoline generator altogether. Think of hydrogen as portable electricity. Plug in when you are home, fill up in 5 min. with H2 on the road. I personally think it is the ideal solution.

Commented On: Chevy Volt Electric Car, Age 1: Can It Survive Toddler Years?


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Dave, I have no issues at all with the Chevy nameplate. My point (which I did not effectively articulate) was that no one would have any issues with the price of the car if it had a BMW or Mercedes badge on it. But because it is a Chevy, some people complain that it is overpriced. For me, and I suspect many of the Volt owners, the car is well worth the price- no other car is anything like the Volt. Every other car I have driven feels, well, old fashioned. And I love Chevy! My other ride is a 1997 Z-28.

Commented On: Chevy Volt Electric Car, Age 1: Can It Survive Toddler Years?


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George, I totally agree- the Volt's amenities and performance would qualify for a more expensive nameplate. And I really want an ELR. Its as if GM reached into my brain to design my dream car.

James, we are so comfortable with our existing ICE technology that we are completely unfazed when vehicles are detonated in Hollywood chase scenes (and why are the good guys always walking towards the camera in slow motion when this is happening? But I digress.....) We need to get to that level of comfort with new technologies, like EVs/Fuel Cell EVs, etc. The issue is an educational one- just as it is common sense to drain a gas tank that is damaged in a crash, mechanics etc. need to know how to drain a battery that is damaged.

Commented On: BMW And GM On The Brink Of Fuel Cell Partnership?


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The one comment I would add is that GM is pursuing gaseous hydrogen storage under pressure (up to 10K psi) which can be dispensed at ambient temperatures. BMW's Hydrogen 7 used liquid hydrogen which needed to be chilled to near absolute 0 (near -273 degrees C) and injected it into a modified internal combustion engine. Gaseous hydgrogen also has the capability to be dispensed in 3-5 minutes.

Commented On: Chevy Volt Electric Car, Age 1: Can It Survive Toddler Years?


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Great article. As a Volt owner approaching his 1 year anniversary (longer if you tack on time spent with a pre-production Volt as part of the Volt Customer Advisory Board), I have nothing bad to say about the car. It is a unique and fun driving experience- its ultra smoothness is like nothing else on the road. And my real world overall mpg based on my driving patterns is 206 mpg. I am saving about $200/month in gas from my 1997 Z-28 and I am not noticing much of a difference on my electric bill. Although after languishing for almost a year, I did some badly needed repairs to the Z-28. The weather is getting colder in NY (generally low 40s), but am still able to hit 40-41 battery miles if I am careful.

Commented On: 2012 Chevy Volt Owner Goes Head-To-Head With Fox News, Survives


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I was called for the interview a couple of hours before it went live (and was at work), so I did not have an opportuntity to research Cavuto's position regarding the Volt. My first inkling that I would not be simply talking about my experiences was 30 seconds before we went live, when he intro'ed the piece by saying something like the reason the Volt is not selling is because it stinks. Also, I did not see what was being aired (like the dealer inventory numbers), because I had to focus on the camera. I don't work for GM, so I really could not comment on actual sales figures or demand (not that I knew them in any event). I could only talk about my experiences with the car and people asking me about it. I had a lot of fun though.

Commented On: GM Riles CA Electric-Car World (Again) Over AB475 'Charger Sharing' Ban


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@Chelsea, if you recall, I am an attorney in NY. If I can be of any help, either in reviewing proposed bill drafts or in actual drafting, please feel free to ask.
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