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5/4/2011 06:37 PM EDT
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dblaza1
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dblaza1   5/8/2011 10:46:38 PM
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We took delivery of a Chevy Volt on Friday (May 6) for a program we are doing at EETimes that starts in June so I am lucky enough to be able to drive one around and its not only impressive but it gets a lot of attention when I park it. As a Prius owner for 3 years I wasn't sure what to expect but this car has renewed my faith in GM and the US auto industry. I may buy one but as someone commented they are in very short supply and we had to pay $10k over list to get it. These aren't going to be niche vehicles in 3 to 5 years in my opinion, go drive one!

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Rob@GEHS   5/6/2011 7:20:52 PM
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Sales might be a horserace between Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, but I can tell you which one I'd rather drive: The Volt, no contest. Here's why: Either one will get me to work on electricy alone. But, when your battery runs down on the Nissan, you are stuck until you can recharge. You better plan ahead and be at a place you CAN recharge. With the Volt, when the battery runs low, the gas engine kicks in. You can fill up with gas and immediately be on your way again. I would fear being stuck on the road with the Leaf. No thanks! (But I agree the price of the Volt is too high.)

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nicolas.mokhoff   5/6/2011 3:24:51 PM
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Right, it's a crap shoot right now. The CR production numbers only compared the hottest EVs as part of a horserace report. My bet is on the Leaf.

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honoreitiscom   5/6/2011 2:41:51 AM
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People please stop comparing Leaf and Volt sales. The sales figures only tell you how many are being produced. Both cars have waiting lists. They sell every one they make. Once they crank up production of both cars, and there are extras on the dealer's lots, THEN let's compare their sales volumes.

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dnelson1d   5/5/2011 7:10:32 PM
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Nic, That article was wrong, actually Leaf sales surpassed Volt for the first time in April. See: http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1059355_april-electric-car-sales-chevy-volt-nissan-leaf-steady and here: http://wot.motortrend.com/winners-losers-natural-disaster-edition-april-2011-auto-sales-74637.html There were 493 Volts sold in April. For comparison, there were 10,852 Chevy Camaros sold in April. This is a niche product, for enviros and their gov't subsidizing cronies. The Volt will be an Edsel unless sales and production ramp up orders of magnitude quickly.

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TLB   5/5/2011 6:43:59 PM
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Nic I am always more profitable when bailed out as well.

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Code Monkey   5/5/2011 6:23:00 PM
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You mean motivated True Believers with skill.

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selinz   5/5/2011 6:18:27 PM
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You can be sure that there are lots of collected information from the vehicles. However, the consumer is unlikely to see most of it. At least not until it is thoroughly massaged...

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nicolas.mokhoff   5/5/2011 5:00:35 PM
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This "very old company" is rebounding just fine. WSJ reports that "General Motors said its net income more than tripled in the first quarter due to stronger sales and sales of assets, including its stake in former auto-parts arm Delphi Automotive. The results give the auto maker a boost as the U.S. government weighs a sale this summer of more GM stock." And the Volt surpassed Nissan's Leaf in car sales last month: http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2011/05/april-car-sales-car-buyers-look-to-small-cars-as-gas-prices-rise.html

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goafrit   5/5/2011 3:47:35 PM
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No - age does not qualify for experience. It is an illusion people have used to kill innovation. If Jobs had needed experience, Apple will not be founded. Take the experience away. All we need is skill.

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