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12298Re: [future-fuels-and-vehicles] (fwd) (opinio n) Why the Chevy Volt won’t electrify Ameri ca

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  • Lee Dekker
    Sep 1, 2008
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      As confrontational as this article appears to be on the surface, one is expected to swallow an awful lot of awful fairytale while reading through it.

      Wish the author would have elaborated on the line, "maintaining the political status quo with oil industries". Are we just supposed to know all about this relationship that has never been spoken of in polite company?

      You can't make gasoline on your roof.

      --- On Sat, 8/30/08, murdoch <murdoch@...> wrote:
      From: murdoch <murdoch@...>
      Subject: [future-fuels-and-vehicles] (fwd) (opinion) Why the Chevy Volt won’t electrify America
      To: future-fuels-and-vehicles@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Saturday, August 30, 2008, 9:57 AM


      I'm not a Volt-hater, and I think it can work out to some extent, and

      might even be a huge hit, but I do agree with the leveling of

      appropriate skepticism toward this project.

      The un-named "GM Product Specialist" quoted here sounds like he or she

      might be someone who is on these boards. I don't know. The reason I

      am citing this article is not to start a riot, or because I want to

      know who is quoted, but rather because I have seldom (if ever) seen

      some these thoughts articulated in a newspaper or "formal" online

      article before, and I'm glad to see the questions raised.

      So, to some extent, this may be a first.

      http://www.michigan messenger. com/3144/ why-the-chevy- volt-wont- electrify- america

      >Why the Chevy Volt won’t electrify America

      >By Minehaha Forman 8/28/08 7:04 AM


      >Despite McCain’s hype, GM’s new hybrid car is not all that it could be


      >Another expert, a GM product specialist who did not wish to

      >reveal his name, had a different answer when asked if a 2010

      >release date was realistic. “Of course it’s realistic. Is it what

      >GM is going to do? Not so sure,” he said. “We’ve seen it before

      >with their EV-1.”




      >“Why did the EV-1 not use any gas but an electric car years later

      >needs gas and gets less than half the range?” the product

      >specialist asked.


      >He added:


      >“[The Volt is] not only a PR move but a fine balancing act of

      >maintaining the political status quo with oil industries and

      >pleasing the demand for green energy.”


      >GM’s insider isn’t buying it [GM's own claimed concerns about recharge time.]

      >He said that the charge time issue

      >seems like another ploy by GM to distract consumers. “These are

      >the same arguments we heard with the EV-1,” he said. “The same

      >cannibalistic smears but this time to a smaller degree,” he said,

      >suggesting GM restricts its own technology to appease powerful

      >oil industries. He indicated that if indeed the issue with

      >electric cars was charging time, then GM should hold off until

      >they get that resolved instead of teasing consumers with a

      >release, then a recall.

      [comment: I think it's interesting to view GM as pulling some of the

      EV-1 customer-put- down strategy, but to a lesser degree. There may be

      some truth to this. With the EV-1, I think GM pulled off a 10+ year

      deliberate foot-dragging plan-to-fail exercise that bought them

      patents and prestige and time to keep pushing oil-burners on the US

      and global public.

      [With the Volt, I don't know where it will go, but GM's very bad

      economic "situation on the ground" I think will somewhat determine if

      they decide to firm up their seriousness about the Volt. I think they

      are deliberately not planning to fail so much as, in theory, leaving

      open their options.]

      [I also agree with those quoted in the article that GM's claims of

      "mass-production" by 2010 (or whatever it is they have said) will not

      I think come about within that time-frame. I hope I'm wrong. If this

      were the WWII generation, we would see limited production by

      end-of-2008 and greater production within the 2009 time-frame, never

      mind the holdups.]

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