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NY Times Chevy Volt Criticism Confounds Proponents
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 9, 2012 | Mark Modica

Posted on 04/09/2012 11:40:13 AM PDT by jazusamo

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The report by the NY Times that it would take up to 27 years for Chevy Volt buyers to save enough money in gas costs to make up for the high price of the car must be very confusing for apologists of the vehicle. The normal defense for any criticism is to accuse sources of having a right wing hate of the car. But the NY Times? The very vocal Volt defenders, who are quick to attack anyone who doesn't agree that the car is a technological marvel worthy of billions of dollars of taxpayer largess, will have to attribute the left-leaning Times' criticism to something other than a political agenda.

Many stories are circulated falsely proclaiming that a "crapload" of money can be saved by buying a Volt. The Times explains the misconception stating, "So why do some buyers pay more for advanced technology that might not save them money? Many never do the math, analysts say, or they tend to overestimate how much the added miles per gallon translate into actual monetary savings."

Of course, given the political nature of the Volt, it is more likely that outright lies rather than poor math skills are leading to the flood of pro-Volt stories. I have written in the past about the simple math of gas savings for the Volt that equate to about $2 a day in fuel savings . When you have a President of the USA campaigning on the perceived success of the Volt and General Motors, it is not surprising that false reports are circulated regarding the benefits of the vehicle. The Times report is a tough one for Government Motors to counter since the old "Rush Limbaugh/Fox News/right wing lies" defense will not work.

Obama-appointed GM CEO Dan Akerson's politicically based defense of the Volt is as disengenuous as the false gas savings hype. Akerson claims that Republicans are unfairly attacking the Volt, but not the plug-in Nissan Leaf. He goes on to blame low sales of the Volt on the criticisms. GM then trumpets how many more Volts are selling than the even more dismally selling Leaf. Wouldn't it stand to reason that if criticism is determining sales that the Leaf would be outselling the Volt? C'mon Mr. Akerson, put a little more thought into your spin.

The Times story is not the only cause of inner conflict for the gullible green crowd and extreme-left supporters of the Volt. The defense of GM because they are a patriotic company producing the American-made Volt must be just as paradoxical to the side that brought us the Occupy Wall Street movement. Shouldn't they be condemning evil American companies that do not pay their fair share instead of defending them? I guess the perceived good done by attacking Mitt Romney and Republicans for the slightest of Volt criticisms outweighs the eagerness to bash American corporatism. In addition, there are all those subsidies that go to wealthy purchasers of Volts. It seems that the desire to have the rich and corporations pay their fair share only applies to the conservative wealthy populace and politically unpopular oil companies; rich supporters of President Obama's failing energy policies who buy Volts and crony company GM get a bye.

The bottom line is that the Chevy Volt is a politically motivated car that is now being used as a campaign tool for Democrats. Millions of dollars will be spent on ads (which seems to be influencing news coverage) and lease incentives to see that the car is perceived as a success, regardless of the fact that the spending causes GM to lose money for shareholders, many of whom are the US taxpayers. Another approximately $20 million in tax subsidies contributed to the vehicle selling over 2,000 units in March, a still dismally low number that is being touted as a great success. Crony corporation, GE, will play its part as they purchase an undisclosed number of the vehicles each month leading up to November elections. And Government Motors will continue to whine about right wing conspiracies to hurt the Volt, even though the facts about the over-hyped vehicle not being all it was cracked up to be is coming from those in the media with a modicum of journalistic integrity (even if that integrity is short-lived, as might be the case with the NY Times) rather than a political agenda.

Mark Modica is an NLPC Associate Fellow.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: bailout; chevyvolt; efv; energy; generalelectric; gm; governmentmotors; newyork; newyorkcity; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; obama; subsidies; taxcredit
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The Chevy VOLT goes for $41,000 - and up


What will it be worth in six months? - or in one year?


A mint or a restored 50’s-60s Corvette or Baby Bird (’55-’57) and often be bought at Barrett-Jackson Auctions (even bidding online) for $30,000 to $45,000 - and they go up yearly in resale value - even updated “Resto-Mods” under the mint bodies

An recent Aston-Martin Vantage convertible or Mercedes-Benz ragtop or coupe can be bought for under $35,000

What fool would buy a silly hybrid VOLT - even Ricemobile hybrids are selling pretty well - as GM (paying no taxes!) needs a $10,000 Obamastash rebate to even move a few VOLTS - to GE or idiots that want to appear hip and environmentally correct

- What did a ‘57 T-Bird go for recently in Palm Beach at Barrtt-Jackson?

Over $130,000

Not to shabby

Haggerty Classic Car insurance saves you 40% on a garaged car - another classic car insurer covers your car for under $500 a year for full value on cars driven only a few days a week

(Sorry - I forget the name on the company - they advertise on the SPEED Channel)


21 posted on 04/09/2012 12:33:40 PM PDT by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can*t do that with a WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: Morpheus2009
I am going to take a wild guess and figure that it would take a few years to account for the cost of the vehicle in gas savings.

Many people did the calculations (including myself) and the result is that Volt will break even somewhere between 12-15 years and never.

The reason is that you have to pay about $15-20K extra up front. This money could be invested instead, and by the end of those 12-15 years you would end up with a tidy sum of $40K. So if you have $40K today what would you prefer: to buy a gas car and 15 years later have money to buy two new gas cars, or to buy one Volt and 15 years later have an old Volt and no money?

With a gas car you spend your fuel money as you go. You have money - you go on a road trip. You have no money - you stay at home. With Volt it's all prepaid. Doesn't matter if you have (or don't have) a job, if a family member is sick - you can't take that money out and use elsewhere; it's sunk into the car forever.

The "never" part comes from the fact that Volt's batteries are expected to last not more than 10 years. To replace batteries you need to spend untold tens of thousands of dollars, so for all practical purposes once the battery dies the car dies with it. If the break-even date comes after the car dies, it means that you never save any money on the purchase.

Also, Volt would be an easier proposition if it were to be a diamond ring, for example. You'd put it into a safe in a bank, and it would be secure there for generations. However a car is not stored in a safe. It is parked outside, and it moves among other cars, in all weather conditions, on all roads. A car takes damage over time; sometimes that damage is so bad that the car is scrapped. It makes no financial sense to spend a huge sum of money on a car unless you are rich and are comfortable with the idea that you can lose it all in a blink of an eye. You usually insure the car, of course, but the cost of insurance is also proportional to the value of the car. An insurance for a Volt can be very expensive, so you'll lose money one way or another.

All in all, Volt would be a good car to buy ... if only it costs far less than what they sell it for. Probably $20-25K today would be reasonable; that's the cost of many good new cars. Volt is pretty chilly in winter, as I read, but it would have advantages too, so it would all balance out. Asking for double the cost is just unreasonable; using taxpayers' money to lower that cost is unfair.

22 posted on 04/09/2012 12:35:39 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: jazusamo

So the NYT basically finally figured out the Volt is a 20k car with 20k 450lb I gallon fuel tank?

23 posted on 04/09/2012 12:40:07 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Moleman
Just to clear up some nnonsense that goes around here at FR, the Volt was championed two years before Obama was elected and championed by Bob Lutz a true “car guy” and well known opponent of the “global warming” libs. Not everything GM soes is evil guys.

Yes, Lutz did push the Volt as GM's answer to the Prius - because GM needed something to offset the CAFE effect of all the V8 Camaros that Chevrolet was getting ready to build.

In fact, Lutz's comments at the time of his retirement sum up what the Volt has become. He said that he wasn't interested in designing vehicles for federal regulators, rather than customers.

24 posted on 04/09/2012 12:40:07 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Ken H

My greater concern would be the heavy metal oxides which may form when the Volt’s battery goes up in flames.

Speaking of which - Who do we get to sue when it is finally realiized that each of thowe batteries is a toxic waste site?

25 posted on 04/09/2012 2:11:34 PM PDT by Pecos (O.K., joke's over. Time to bring back the Constitution.)
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To: jazusamo
I don't see where he factored in battery replacement...average life is...10 years? (or something like that). The last figure I heard for replacement of a Volt battery was $19,000, plus labor.

So for $40,000 you get the car, and a $10,000 tax credit, which might save you a few bucks on taxes. At the end of ten years - after having to use its REQUIRED "high test" gasoline, and then replacing the battery, I say the "savings" will NEVER top the cost.

When they all start going belly up, then we have the probable exhorbitant cost of disposal of the old battery.

The Volt - like the president that promoted it - will go down in history as the single, largest failure(s) in American history.

GM is off my list, forever. Who knows when they'll put out for the next eco-prez?

Another example of the use of the global warming muse to control people, and the economy. And if you think that's bad, if obamacare is not crushed by the SCOTUS, go ahead and order your slave outfits now while you've still go a little money.

No money, no transportation, and to the death panels if you can't "produce" any longer. If that ain't the communism I read about, then grits ain't groceries.
26 posted on 04/09/2012 2:22:29 PM PDT by FrankR
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To: jazusamo

jazusamo: GE has not begun purchasing Volts in any significant numbers yet. In March, with 2289 Volt sales, only 160 of those 2289 were to fleet customers. Just sayin...

27 posted on 04/09/2012 7:48:57 PM PDT by jim_in_nj
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To: jim_in_nj

NY Times Chevy Volt Criticism Confounds Proponents

Actually, Mr. Modica must not have read the article, since he only notes that the “report by the NY Times that it would take up to 27 years for Chevy Volt buyers”. The report also says that a Volt “payback time could drop to about eight years if gas cost $5 a gallon and the driver remained exclusively on battery power.”

The 27-year figure cited is only true for someone who drives 131 miles each time the Volt is fully charged. Not very realistic. As an average American driver (30-mile round trip commute), and a Volt owner, my ‘payback’ happened in the first week I had my Volt, when I stopped sending my money to support Hugo Chavez and the Saudis.

I estimate that I gave each of those regimes $2000 since 9/11/01. In the year that I have driven my Volt, my ‘donations’ to Al Qaeda’s Madrassa’s and Hugo Chavez’s tyranny have been cut by 90%. The fact that, given my driving pattern, the extra cost of the Volt will be paid back in 10 years is just icing on the cake.

28 posted on 04/09/2012 7:54:19 PM PDT by jim_in_nj
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To: jim_in_nj; Admin Moderator

Your post sounds much like a former poster (truthguy) that was zotted about two weeks before you signed up and being this is your third post since you signed up I think it possible you’re a retread. Just saying.

29 posted on 04/09/2012 8:19:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Moleman

When they stuck their paws in the US Treasury, that was it for me. Fascism and communism is not my cup of tea. I perfer the only legal government in the US - a constitutional Republic.

Bob Lutz is in the Obama administration now. The union is into global socialism, the democrat party and part of Obama’s radical power structure. Why would I donate to the cause for Republic’s demise by buying an Obamamobile?

30 posted on 04/09/2012 8:51:56 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: jazusamo

jazusamo: Nope, I’m not the same as “truthguy”. There are a lot of people driving Volt’s because we like to keep our money here in the US, using made-in-USA fuel instead of sending our money overseas.

I don’t like any tax break, and I really wish the Volt was made by Ford. If the exact same car was made by Ford, people like Mark Modica would heralding these facts, and saying what a great car it is, “even outselling all other Ford hybrids”!

By the way, Steve Doocy of Fox News has the same take on the Volt:

31 posted on 04/10/2012 6:12:15 AM PDT by jim_in_nj
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To: Neidermeyer

Niedermeyr: You say the Volt “can only go 30 miles on battery IF YOU DON’T USE THE A/C ,, or can only go 20 miles on battery IF YOU USE THE HEAT.”

Your ignorance is showing. I really wish you knew what you were talking about before disparaging a great guy like Lutz, and a great American car that uses almost exlcusively made-in-USA fuel like the Volt. I have had my Volt for almost 11 months, and 10,000+ miles. Last summer, me, my wife, my daughter and my future-son-in-law went to a lake 25 miles away in 95 degree weather, and I had the A/C on (interior set to 75 degrees), and the Volt was fully loaded with beach chairs, blankets, coolers, etc. That was the worst all-electric mileage I ever got up to that point, and I went 40.9 miles before the engine started.

In the winter, I set my Volt’s interior temp to 75 degrees and I have never seen anything as low as 20 miles on a charge. The worst has been 25 miles, but usually it’s in the low 30s during the winter.

32 posted on 04/10/2012 6:12:40 AM PDT by jim_in_nj
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To: jim_in_nj

25? Low 30s? You are an idiot. Lmao.

33 posted on 04/10/2012 6:21:14 AM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: Moleman
the Volt was championed two years before Obama was elected

Ford championed the Edsel, years before the Kennedy election and if Ford was getting major subsidies from American taxpayers to keep building Edsels, the piece of crap would still be rolling down the highways of America.

Lutz may have championed the car, but it is the Obama administration that keeps the production line running.

34 posted on 04/10/2012 6:43:22 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: jim_in_nj


If you believe that little lovefest by Doocy and Spieckerman you must be in the employ of the Government Motors PR Dept.

As I said last week on a thread after viewing it, “It’s the first infomercial I’ve seen on the Fox News Channel.”

“The Volt is the I-Phone of the American Auto Industry?”

“All they have to do is get the price of the Volt down 20% to the price of the Chevy Cruze?”

“Can the Chevy Volt help win the War on Terror?”


35 posted on 04/10/2012 8:37:09 AM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jim_in_nj

So you don’t disagree with my remarks as a whole,, just in the degree to which performance is impacted... I was getting my info from a GM website ... I guess they’re ignorant...

36 posted on 04/10/2012 2:04:43 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: jim_in_nj

In the winter, I set my Volt’s interior temp to 75 degrees and I have never seen anything as low as 20 miles on a charge. The worst has been 25 miles, but usually it’s in the low 30s during the winter.
Unless your garage is heated the entire battery charge would be burned up before you took the interior from 0f to 75f , and that’s NOT taking into account that cabin air is replaced about 20% per minute anytime the car is running (yes even with the climate control system “off”) ...

I’m not a Volt hater ,, it’s just that I understand physics and demand accuracy in my work and expect it from others.

Do you work for GE or for a government agency?

If I lived in Joisey I’d be driving a full sized beater ,, maybe a Delta 88 ...

37 posted on 04/10/2012 2:16:45 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: commonguymd

Commonguymd: 25? Low 30s? You are an idiot. Lmao.

I posted a reply, but it looks my embedded Calvin and Hobbes image must have been censored. Anyhoo, I didn’t understand your point - but I think you mis-understood. You thought I was saying the temps were in the low 30s? I was actually saying my range in the winter was mostly in the low 30s-miles. We did have a mild winter - I don’t think we had more than a couple of nights in the teens, but quite a few in the 20s-degrees.

That all being said, commonguymd, I’m sorry that you choose to send your fuel money overseas instead of keeping it in America with America-sourced coal, natural gas and nuclear power. I guess it’s a free country, but please explain why you choose to support Hugo Chavez and the Saudis instead of American electricity.

Please let us know how much you paid for gasoline last year. Realize that 10% of that is going to the Saudis and 10% of that is going to Hugo Chavez. In the last 11 months, I have only bought 35 gallons of gasoline, meaning I have sent only about $12 each to those regimes. In the previous year, I sent over 10 times as much money to the Saudis and Chavez.

It IS your choice these days. If you live in Maryland (as your screen name suggests), you’ve had over a year to buy a Volt and start using Made-in-America fuel. Please explain why you continue to send your money to America’s enemies when you have the choice to do otherwise.

38 posted on 04/10/2012 2:23:32 PM PDT by jim_in_nj
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To: jim_in_nj

Congratulations! The Mods have decided to reward your single mindedness with all the VOLTS you can handle.

39 posted on 04/10/2012 3:57:54 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator; jim_in_nj; TheOldLady

Thank you, AM and any other Mods involved.

Good one.

Maybe the VOLTS from the lightning BOLTS will extend the range of his Chevy DOLT.


40 posted on 04/10/2012 4:41:50 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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