You buy a volt for an unsubsidized 41K, for example.
Now, you buy a Malibu LTZ for around an unsubsidized 27K. (approx. similar looking vehicle)
Around $14K difference for technology. 14K/3.91 gallon = about 3,580 gallons of gas.
Let's make some simplistic assumptions for a minute. You get, say, 25 mpg average out of the Malibu. You'd drive the Malibu almost 90K miles for the same price. Assuming the rest of the car maintenance costs are comparable, and you drive 15K per year, you're in it for 6 years before you "break even". Not even counting the gas or electricity costs for the Volt. Now you're pushing close to the useable life of the batteries. What was it, 8 years? And then it's $8K for new ones based on current replacement costs? And even WITH subsidies, it's basically free batteries if you keep it that long. If you keep both 6 years for example, the Volt would probably bring a LOT LESS on trade-in knowing that in a short time, you're going to be investing in batteries for it. They'll sit on the used car lots.
I'm looking solely at a rough ROI matchup here. I'm not anti-Volt, but I really can't see it being a game changer for me to put one in my driveway with some quick math. It doesn't really seem that cost effective in the short run.
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think I'll miss the Volt not being in my stable.
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