Consumer Reports offered a harsh initial review of the Chevrolet Volt, questioning whether General Motors Co.'s flagship vehicle makes economic "sense."The extended-range plug-in electric vehicle is on the cover of the April issue — the influential magazine's annual survey of vehicles — but the GM vehicle comes in for criticism.Look at that again: "25 to 27 miles on electric power". It seems that winter in the Northeast (note: bastion of liberal quiche-eating, electric car buying target customers) is, err, cold. When batteries get cold, they don't work well. Man, that sure snuck up on everyone! But don't worry, Northeast liberals - you can freeze in the dark!
"When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn't really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn't particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it's not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy," said David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center at a meeting with reporters here. "This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer."
The magazine said in its testing in Connecticut during a harsh winter, its Volt is getting 25 to 27 miles on electric power alone.
But don't despair, quiche eaters. An air conditioner compressor probably takes as much juice as a heater, so the
Champion noted the Volt is about twice as expensive as a Prius.
He was said the five hour time to recharge the Volt was "annoying" and was also critical of the power of the Volt heating system.
"You have seat heaters, which keep your body warm, but your feet get cold and your hands get cold," Champion said.
What's the old engineering joke? It's slow, expensive, and feature-poor, but other than that it's awesome!
Boy, I'm sure glad that we don't have a Village idiot from Texas in charge. Just think about what might go wrong ...