We finally get our hands on Chevy's much-anticipated extended range hybrid, the Volt, and take it for a spin. Is this the car that will bring GM back to life?

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    • Виталий Попов hybrid service
      Виталий Попов hybrid service

      https://youtu.be/H-NkJsm1wdw

      about 1 year ago
    • Billy982810
      Billy982810

      If everyone had this car and off grid solar panels it would save the planet over night. Well almost.

      about 1 year ago
    • tony12345pl
      tony12345pl

      Such a stupid car, 15 years ago GM made the ev1 that could reach 120 miles, now only 40! Bullshit

      about 4 years ago
    • Brian Bock
      Brian Bock In reply to tony12345pl

      +tony12345pl The range is about 400 miles because of the gas engine. If they'd eliminate that and put batteries in its place, they probably could get 150 miles or more, but the price would be far too much. Tesla can do it because they charge a lot more for their cars. Eventually, Tesla and others will be able to make cars with long ranges that charge quickly (less than 15 minutes) and don't cost the price of a luxury car. But that day is not today.

      about 3 years ago
    • Alberto Fonseca
      Alberto Fonseca

      it is so sad to see all this comments full of anger  posted here. I just have to say something to  all of you, who despite the car just for political reason. You should be ashamed of yourself. As american, the first priority should be to support the technology for the futures generations. Second, all those who spend hundred of dollar to fill up their tank, do they realize how indirectly the y are supporting those who really want to harms us (Middle east countries). The less gas you use the less money they get. That should be the objective here.  

      about 4 years ago
    • Kent Purdy
      Kent Purdy In reply to Alberto Fonseca

      It is baffling isn't it.

      about 2 years ago
    • nyak63RUS
      nyak63RUS

      What a BORING review!

      about 4 years ago
    • 787brx8
      787brx8

      GM did not pay the freelance designer for his work on the Volt. So everyone look at what GM did not design! This is stolen technology!

      about 5 years ago
    • vvvVFANGSVvvv
      vvvVFANGSVvvv

      I actually really love the way this car looks!

      about 5 years ago
    • manoman0
      manoman0

      What it needs:
      LED headlamps
      more carbon fiber
      magnaride
      tunable screens
      tunable boot sounds

      about 5 years ago
    • manoman0
      manoman0

      If all cars in the US were EVs, they'd tax the hell out of electric power. Just a thought. Happening here. Our wise overlords won't want to miss tax dollars they live off so comfortably.

      about 5 years ago
    • manoman0
      manoman0

      That's what the US is trying to do for the last few decades: Gett off oil. Doesn't work.

      about 5 years ago
    • nrgaddam
      nrgaddam

      In last five years alone america has imported $2.2 trillion forgien oil.If you don't know its the oil money which funds the terrorist organisations in Middle East and also Iran to develop Nuclear weapons. If America could reduce oil consumption the, World oil demand and price will come down drastically

      about 5 years ago
    • redvenomweb
      redvenomweb

      So wait... the Volt is being sold at a "significant loss," and yet it is also not being made "in sufficient numbers" to recoup the investment? If they are really selling the Volt at a LOSS, how could selling MORE of them possibly offset that?

      The answer is obvious: the only way that GM is "losing money" on the Volt is if you are considering the development costs for the entire Voltec platform and simply dividing it by the number of Volts sold. That's idiotic.

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      No, it does not. It makes me sad.
      People have lost the ability to reason.
      The Volt is not being made in sufficient numbers to *ever* recoup the initial investment, as it is being sold at a significant loss. It was and is being funded by government money while the US heads towards a financial catastrophe. People are given a tax credit of all things, not to buy food for their kids or help pay their mortgages, but to pay for a $40k car.
      It's absurd.

      about 6 years ago
    • manoman0
      manoman0

      Yeah, I got it, I'm just too stupid, right? If that makes you feel better, so be it!

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      Neither the complexity of the product nor location of manufacture is relevant.
      It's the principle of...
      Oh never mind.
      It's pointless.

      about 6 years ago
    • manoman0
      manoman0

      ...compared to the VOLT.

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      Do some reading, about iPhone production, then come back and tell me it's not a "complex thing".

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      Nothing you just said makes any sense.
      Your (predictable) assumptions about my political affiliations are daft, and wrong.
      Try again.

      about 6 years ago
    • manoman0
      manoman0

      An iPhone is not procuded in the US and it's not really a complex thing to produce. Just sayin'.

      about 6 years ago
    • Ed Gladstone
      Ed Gladstone

      The Chevy Volt gets 40 miles on pure electric. After 40 miles the gas engine kicks in to recharge the battery. It still runs on electric motor which is excellent. Why 40 miles and not 100? Good Question. Nissan can achieve 100 on a much smaller battery unit. You'de figure that Laboratories can produce electrical batteries capable of achieving much greater efficiencies. GM chose the Voltec Battery.

      about 6 years ago
    • Tom Jones
      Tom Jones

      I love how all the Republican retards complain about the success of the Chevy Volt. Yet they have no issue with the $52 BILLION spent ANNULLY on Oil subsidies. The internal combustion engine has been around for over 100 years. Is it not time the we EVOLVED into something that would not involve our country using military assets in order to protect oil interests around the world? We need to INVEST in order to move into a new technology. The model T was not perfect either in the beginning.

      about 6 years ago
    • Jeremy Jensen
      Jeremy Jensen

      interviewer should learn to use the mic in his hand.

      about 6 years ago
    • redvenomweb
      redvenomweb

      And yet that is exactly what you are doing: looking at the first 20k Volts, as if GM invested $1bn into the Voltec powertrain with only two years of sales in mind. This is to say nothing of all the other cars (e.g. Cadillac ELR) which GM plans to use Voltec in.

      If (development costs aside) it really costs GM $50k more to build a Volt than the ~$40k it sells for, please explain where "$90k" in manufacturing costs is going. Forbes estimates the battery cost at $11k; where's the other $79k?

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      The point of the article is that the volume of Volt production is too low for GM to recoup their investment. In other words, sell the car for more than the cost of manufacture, which GM has admitted they're not doing. The amount of loss is almost irrelevant.
      Reuters did not look at the first 100 iPhones and posted articles about Apple's huge loss per item. Why not? Because only an imbecile would look at it from that perspective. If you can't grasp something so basic this conversation is futile.

      about 6 years ago
    • redvenomweb
      redvenomweb

      I suggest you actually read the Reuters article before you comment further. The key quote from the article:

      "It currently costs GM 'at least' $75,000 to build the Volt, including development costs, Munro said."

      That's right: INCLUDING DEVELOPMENT COSTS, which were over $1bn. Given that they've only sold ~20,000 Volts so far, OF COURSE they are "losing money" if you include development costs!

      And unless it cost Apple less than $500 to *develop* the iPhone, they also lost money on those.

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      Complete and utter rubbish. Reuters got their numbers from industry experts, not out of thin air.
      Mr. Lutz, as you may note, admitted GM makes a loss on the Volt.
      Is it $49k per car or $10k? Immaterial. A loss is a loss, and without supporting evidence Mr. Lutz's statement is meaningless. THAT'S why Reuters let the numbers stand.
      Fact: Every Volt sold loses GM money.
      Fact: Unless costs come down, this won't change.
      (By the way, Apple sells iPhones at a profit, and have done so from day one.)

      about 6 years ago
    • 72group4
      72group4

      AshtonPhoto - so I guess you keep your money in a sock because the banks were bailed out.. Of course you can't buy a European or Japanese car because they were bailed out. How about buying a bike to ride to your Tea Party meetings?

      about 6 years ago
    • redvenomweb
      redvenomweb

      Incorrect. The Reuters article has already been called out (by Bob Lutz, among others) as having faulty math.

      The more correct analogy would be to say that it cost you $100 (in materials) to build the lemonade stand and $5 for enough lemons+sugar to make 20 cups of lemonade. You're selling lemonade at $1/cup, and after the first 20 cups have sold, Reuters comes along and says $105 in costs - $20 in revenue = you're losing over $4 per cup of lemonade!

      stand materials = Volt development costs

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      No, my plan is to buy a car from a manufacturer that DOES NOT need my tax money to survive.

      about 6 years ago
    • Ashton Media
      Ashton Media

      I have a lemonade stand and sell 10 cups for 10c a pop. So I make $1.
      But the batch of lemons and cups and sugar cost me $10.
      I can sell more lemonade but then I'll just lose more money.
      I have to do something to reduce my costs, buying larger bags of sugar for example, but even if I get it down to only $5 for a batch I'll still lose money.
      THAT is where GM is.
      Read the Reuters article "GM's Volt: The ugly math of low sales, high costs."

      about 6 years ago