Skip to comments.GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show [Doubling Down on Failure]
Posted on 11/27/2012 8:17:04 AM PST by Red Badger
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Only limited by the length of your extension cord.
Although it wasn’t electric, the outcome is the same...........
I suggest ‘Stay’............
If I were a South Korean living in South Korea, lived 5 miles from work, and could afford afford to pay about a $10,000 premium for an EV, I might consider buying one of these.
Government Motors has its head so far up Obamas rear end you can see the logo when he opens his pie hole.
That explains why his electric bill has not gone up
Good one....and after a mile or two (if you’re lucky) that’s exactly what it’ll do.
I was talking with a liberal relative over the Holiday about all-electric cars (non hybrids) and he claimed they operate just like a normal car. I said OK when I run out of gas out on the road I can go and get a can of gas start the car and be on my way. Show me how that works with an all-electric car>
I asked him to plan a trip from Cincy Ohio to Cleavland and back using an all electric Prius. I can do it in 9 hours with a break for lunch in my gas powered car. He can't even get to Columbus one way without stopping for a recharge of around 4 hours or more. It would take him 3 or more full recharges to go one way.
He thought you just pulled into the electric filling station and filled up the electric tank in like 5 minutes and went on your way just like a real car.
“I guess what pisses me off is that he pays no road taxes on the electricity like the rest of us do when we fill up.”
Not to worry.
Within 15 years, you (and he) will be paying a “mileage tax” along with the gas tax that you now pay. The miles you drive will be automatically tallied and reported via GPS by the new in-car transmitters that all new vehicles will come equipped with. You’ll be sent a monthly road use bill to pay, just as you are sent monthly utility bills today.
Oh, you’ve got an older vehicle without the GPS equipment? In that case you’ll be required to report to your local “mileage check station” bi-annually so your mileage can be reported. Failure to do so will result in your being billed for a (high) “fixed road usage rate”.
Guess you won’t be so “pissed off” then, eh? :)
The pic looks like they took the front end of the (now discontinued) Pontiac Vibe, and mated it to the rear end of the KIA “Soul”.
The car is being built in Korea, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some kind of partnership between GM and KIA for the design/manufacturing.
BTW, I actually like KIA’s Soul model — nice compact runabout for around-town, looks like it might be good for retired folks (easy entry/exit, etc.). But this thing looks ugly...
Splat, Sputter, doesn't matter as it's Scrap. Spark: an ignited particle produced by one hard body striking against another. That's the only attention these things will get as they sputter to a stop and get slammed by regular common-sense vehicles.
They just want to prove that the epic failure of "Les Volt" wasn't a fluke...
Auto makers are forced by Big Gov to produce this garbage.
The unrealistic mileage standards force them to create cars no one wants.
I can see the Right coming down on the Volt, due to the bailout and it’s inability to turn a profit.
What I don’t understand is the Left.
Where are all the ‘save the environment, ignoring everything else’ folks?
What’s interesting here, is that with the Volt, you find the Left validating everything we say about the Left.
1. Their arguments are fraudulent
2. They don’t really mean what they claim they do.
3. They don’t mind our tax dollars being destroyed under the guise of cleaning up the planet
4. They are unwilling to jump in and do what they claim everyone needs to do to save the planet
GM has given them exactly what they said they wanted. They demanded a cleaner car. Sure it has to be subsidized by tax dollars, but then almost all of the Left’s programs come under that business model.
So WHERE ARE the Leftist Volt buyers?
I shop at Fry's in San Diego fairly frequently. There is a large concrete area in front of the store where all the motorcyclists park. My usual spot. There is an electric outlet on the outside of the building accessible to that area. Last Summer, the bike parking area had an unexpected intruder. A Nissan Leaf was pulled up to the building and stealing electricity while the owner shopped inside for a few hours. It was very discharged. He was trapped until there was enough power to go. I'm sure his wife spent a lot more money inside while waiting than he saved with stolen electricity vs gasoline.
Oh don’t worry, they certainly agree there. If they could find a way to force us all onto bicycles, they’d do it in a heartbeat.
Well, heck, now that the Supreme Court has said the government can make us buy things...
I absolutely do not believe his electric bill has not gone up a couple of hundred dollars
I drive 120 miles per day and it costs me about $60 week in gas. It appears he is doing twice that.
So his cost of going to work has dropped from almost $500 a month to nothing?
If I could do that and NOT see an increase in my electirc bill I would buy that electric car tomorrow.
I will buy them all : )
My big diesel truck is more enviro-friendly. It is solidly built (last way longer than cheap light unibody) with a low maintenance (simpler design w/o all the emissions crap) engine. The ultimate recycling - I never have to replace it.
They don’t need the GPS technology to pull the off. At least in Texas, they record the current mileage at annual inspection time. Easy enough to just take on a mileage based tax then.
Government Motors now builds, what, 80% of its cars in other countries?
I have a funny story but I don’t want to top yours. it went about the same .....ish...
Try running them when the power has been out a few days, or sub zero temps....don’t work well in Idaho at all. Couldn’t even get to many homes in one of them due to some pretty primitive roads - and those roads sometimes lead to multi-million dollar homes....
Besides....it supports a non-American company...
Yes. In order to be able to sell Cadillacs, they have to sell ZEVs like the Volt.
Just bought a new 2013 Honda Accord. Has nearly 200 horsepower and runs 90 mph as easy as 10 mph. I have also nursed it p to 38 mpg on the freeway WITH the AC running!
All to invest $ millions in an extraordinarily ugly piece of junk!
You’ve seen the Smart Car; now for the Dumb Car!
Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.............
True and he has many friends in D.C. with the same mind set.
The grandkids asked me to catch up with "that little-bitty green car ahead" (same yucky green as the photo) so they could figure out what it was. I said, "It's just some sort of Chevy", but they had me pull up close enough until they could read, "Spark".
Looked like a silent, green rollerskate to me. No way you could fit that Afro into it -- much less the dude wearing it...
Wouldn't survive a collision with a Vespa...
What did the driver look like?
My guess is a single white female with jaw length page-boy haircut.........
My surprise was that we saw it on the road -- before they announced it at the car show...
I have a new gnome who is on this project, wish I could talk about what I heard today, fingers in my ears going la la la la la.......
There is a non-electric version, from Mexico, that may be what you all saw......