The Concept was fantastic but the Production is a Prius in disguise.
They claim the Concept had the aerodynamics of a brick. Why would a vehicle that is slated for 40 mile treks be worried about aerodynamics. I'm not sure the speeds they will be traveling will make that much of a difference.
Also it is said the 600 mile range is now closer to 360.
I like it, I would buy one, waste my money on the weekends on putting gas in camaro and using the volt for work that would be ideal plan but If I could afford both I would go for it...........either way the volt still looks great, I would drive that any day
Styling of the concept was definitely better, but there's no way that could have worked for the production car.
Like Lutz says, aerodynamics is the key element in the efficiency of an electric car, and that's the absolute truth.
I realize why it is like it is, for maximum aerodynamics.
They did a really really good job of making the car as slippery as possible, I'd bet the Cd of the production Volt is .20 or less.
That said, I'm still not sold on the production design.
It's not horrible, but it's not outstanding.
But it is already starting to grow on me.
I need to see one in black.
I looove the fact that it can go 40 miles without using any gas, then once the batteries are dead it can get 50+mpg. Great option for a daily driver. Now what could wreck the benefits of gas savings is selling the car for 40+ g's. I don't care how much money you save on gas; it would never be enough to recoup your 20g investment over a regular economy car.
Looks wise I'd say its not bad for its target market.
Love the looks of the car, but I'm also wondering the same question. And how well do the batteries hold up in the real world of cold and heat? Now I'm also wondering if you won't be able to not "buy" this car as to "lease" it instead.
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