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Old 10-14-2009, 01:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone here done any research on the Volt (GMC's electric car, which I believe is supposed to be released in 2010)? I'll be looking for a new car a year or two from now, and am curious about it. However, I know that the hybrids have some issues regarding battery disposal, etc. and sometimes aren't the greatest value when you factor in repair costs/issues. Does anyone have any advice in this regard? (ShaggyDaddy?)

FWIW, all our power comes from wind & hydroelectric--no coal-fired or gas-fired, to my knowledge.
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They were talking about pricing OVER $40,000. (and it costs much more than that to make each car, because of batteries and other things. GM will loose money on each unit sold, for the first few years.) At the same time, I am not confident about their ability to ship more than a handful of cars in 2010...

I would consider the Volt for a new car, but chances are much better I will end up with a Prius or similar (in the next 5+ years as my Pontiac Vibe is currently running just fine and is a great car.)

For whatever its worth, there are aftermarket battery packages for the Prius, which make it into a plug-in-electric with gasoline backup. It IS expensive and it voids the warranty, but the technology risk is much lower with the modified Prius.
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Consumer reports and other experts say never to buy a new car in the first year of production because they are still working out the kinks.

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Consumer reports and other experts say never to buy a new car in the first year of production because they are still working out the kinks.
I agree. We have done this twice, and not suffered from it much. (drivers side window stopped working and was repaired ) But with the VOLT, the new technology risk is HUGE because so many things have changed. Just HUGE. The VOLT is the perfect car for rich people who want to be cool, and have plenty of backup transportation.
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Consumer reports and other experts say never to buy a new car in the first year of production because they are still working out the kinks.


I would go for year number 2 or 3 of the Volt. We LOVE our GM cars, fwiw!

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I don't know about the Volt specifically but I would check into battery life and replacement cost. We looked at some electric cars a little while ago and from what we researched the cost of some of the batteries were thousands and had a life expectancy of 4-6 years. If your car loan (if you have one) is up in 4 years you might still be faced with a huge car related payment if you need to replace the batteries.

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