Volt Birth Watch 158: Volt a Four-Seater?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Autoblog—nope. Can’t do it. Not allowed. TTAC’s Best and Brightest have forbidden me from flaming AOL’s . . . uh . . . website. So I’ll just point out that the off-camera comments are largely supportive and wonder why AB’s crack team weren’t allowed behind the wheel of GM’s Hail Mary plug-in hybrid. I mean, there are plenty of prototypes plying the highway (at something less than 230 mpg, presumably). Oh, and as our ever-vigilant former Managing Editor Justin Berkowitz points out, who knew the Volt was not a quint-essential conveyance? [NB: Sarcasm Alert] Less prosaically, “That’s going to piss people off.”

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  • Davey49 Davey49 on Aug 14, 2009

    Why "*don’t really need A/C," are you saying it doesn't have AC? Doubt the Volt will be priced anywhere near $45K

  • Davey49 Davey49 on Aug 14, 2009

    "How can a tiny company like Tesla make such a fantastic EV car for $49k while years and years of GM development turns out this dud-of-a-ride for $40k?" Does the $49K Tesla actually exist? Funny how the Volt is a dud 2 years before it's released.

  • Thingsabove Thingsabove on Aug 14, 2009
    It's as real as the Dolt.
  • Wsn Wsn on Aug 14, 2009
    # Martin Schwoerer : August 14th, 2009 at 2:53 am So, the U.S. will be a bystander on this. Too bad, I think, because I still believe the future is electric. ---------------------------------------- Actually, no. The future is electric, that most of us agree. But the US won't be a bystander. As of now, the Prius is a very successful $25k gas-electric car in the US. 5 years down the road, the Prius (or Insight) will be a successful $25k long range plug-in car in the US. 15 years down the road, the Prius (or equivalent) will be a successful $25k pure electric car. Nothing wrong with electric cars, and we will be there. Just not from GM, not at $40k.