Friday, May 29, 2009

Chevy Volt Test Drive

Popular Mechanics is suitably impressed with the pre-production tester for the Chevy Volt plug-in "hybrid". I'm glad to hear it, because Volt-type "hybrids" (really just an all-electric car, but with an on-board gas generator to extend its range) really do make a lot more sense than true hybrid drivetrains like the Prius. I'm still hoping that Toyota or Honda will suddenly reveal the electric-powertrain hybrid they've developed in secret for half the price of a Volt, because it kinda turns my stomach to think that "Government Motors" will happily take the credit if the Volt is a success.


Shane said...

Well I'd like for the Volt to be an unambiguous success for GM. Like you said, I think this concept is far superior than the typical hybrid.

Also, I'm a GM shareholder now? Of sorts? The sooner GM returns to profitability, the sooner the government sells its ownership stake (and the less it costs the taxpayer to save).

Now of course, if GM never returns to profitability, I still want the Volt to succeed because it's still better to lose a moderate amount than a lot of taxpayer money.

Evan said...

Sigh. You're right, of course.