[Oeva-list] The ever misunderstood Volt

D K dimakukushkin at gmail.com
Wed Dec 22 07:25:29 PST 2010

Let me add my 2 cents.  If only one car fits and you do lots of long trips
-  would Prius with extra battery be better?  It surely gets better milege
on gas, and battery upgrade packs are widely available. Even assuming Prius
can't go on electricity only at highway speeds - it still gets great milage
in battery assist mode, totalling in great milage overall.  Isn't that the
bottom line?

My point is - Volt is nothing amazingly new, considering the price. And it
will hardly ever pay back for cost adder, compared to similar sized ICE or


On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 1:30 AM, Alan Batie <alan at batie.org> wrote:

> On 12/21/10 11:37 PM, Nick wrote:
> > I still think
> > the better option is the Leaf with an ICE in the garage for weekends,
> rather
> > than trying to make one car serve both uses.
> It depends.  I was originally going to get the Volt because I would only
> need one car, which is a big plus.  However, when I got to thinking
> about where I actually go, and the plans for high speed charging
> infrastructure that matched a lot of where I drive, the Leaf will
> actually serve for a lot of my long distance driving as well.  And I'm
> happy with a beater for my ICE (actually, got my old Explorer back from
> a friend I sold it to, since I can't afford both the Leaf and a newish
> ICE at the same time).  But if you do more travelling outside the
> high-speed charging infrastructure, or aren't willing to wait for it to
> get built, or don't have room for two cars, a Volt is an ideal solution.
>  It probably is even the way I still should have gone, as I'll probably
> still put half the miles on my ICE because the Leaf just can't get
> there.  I may actually end up using more gas because of the Leaf...
> (well, that and a stupid decision to trade off my Hybrid Escape for a
> Prius a couple years ago).
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