• Aug 14, 2007
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Unlike most hybrids, the Chevy Volt may have the uncanny ability to attract buyers outside the culture of environmentally conscious citizens. Case in point is AR15.com, a gun owners website and forum that's having an enlightening discussion about why the Volt hits their sweet spot. Forget about "tree-huggin stump-humping global warming alarmist" types (their words, not ours), these gun owners like the Volt because it promises a range equal to cars with gas engines and the ability to use no fuel for short trips. Who wouldn't like that? The forum member who started the thread with a link to an article on the Volt comments repeatedly that the first production series hybrid from GM will be a "game changer".

It seems that many people, like the AR15.com posters, willfully alienate themselves from the current crop of green cars on the market specifically because they're touted by the liberal elite as the morally responsible choice of transportation we should all be driving. In fact, there are many conservatives in this country who also care about the environment and are interested in reducing dependence on foreign oil, but would rather not sacrifice the reliability, range, and general usefulness of their gas vehicles for hybrids that a.) don't live up to their hype, and/or b.) simply don't suit their needs. If the Volt delivers on all of its promises, then it should also attract these people who wouldn't touch a Prius with a ten-foot pole.

Don't forget that the Volt is also produced by a domestic U.S. automaker and will be the first of its kind on the market. That makes it a technological tour de force that patriots can be proud to own. You can't say that about a Prius, and though U.S. automakers do produce hybrids, they arrived pretty late to the game and haven't made a significant impact in the market with their offerings. The Volt will certainly be a game changer, as we suspect it will be the first "green" car on the market to rack up sales that rival its gas-powered counterparts specifically because its appeal plays on both sides of the aisle.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      What better than an electric car to sneak up on a deer with and blow its brains out?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is going to be sick!

      http://www.VoltTalk.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Volt is still hot air and dreams. Does it have a motor yet? Where is the battery technology? There is still a LOT of work to be done. Until then, the hype is not justified.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ever wondered what it will actually cost to drive this car?
      Read here:
      http://www.gm-volt.com/2007/08/14/what-will-it-cost-to-drive-a-chevy-volt/
      • 7 Years Ago
      People alienate themselves from the Prius because it's automotive snake oil. On the other hand, I would drive a clean diesel in a heartbeat.

      The problem is the knee jerking thinking of so many people today. They hear about global warming and pollution and greenhouse gas and think "ZOMG TEH GL0BAL W4RM1NG!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111" but do they ever stop to consider a Jetta diesel? No, because the people at the food co-op can't tell it from an Outback. If you REALLY wanted to save the environment you'd buy an old diesel and run it on vegetable oil, but thats icky and not fashionable, so out the window that goes. Or you could just not drive at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ::snickers at the tree humping quote, probably because i am one::

      dunno if there's enough room to mount an AR-15 in teh cabin. wikipedia says barrel length is 20 inches, i'm assuming that's not considering the stock.

      i also agree about a possible mole in the system, especially if they suggest that the volt will be a "game changer"
        • 7 Years Ago
        The guy has been there since 01. I doubt hes a planted mole. I dont think GM would waste 6 years for a guy to just make a single thread to advertise the volt. Mind you gun enthusiast can be car and GM enthusiast too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        touche.

        there goes my big business governmental conspiracy theme. DAMMIT!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Phillip (below me), I 'll take your word for it. In this day in age, I have a hard time believing anybody supporting a product without thinking he may be paid to do it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, a carbine length AR-15 only has a 16". With the collapsible stock, it'll fit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For shame Autoblog. Isn't there enough political fighting between people? Do you really need to poke a stick at it and make it worse? And, if you choose to use a term like liberal elite you should use the term conservative zealot in equal measure. Otherwise you might come off as being exclusively conservative which means you will lose a good portion of your viewers. People of all political backgrounds are auto enthusiasts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hell, what's all this gibberish about global warming, the environment and the like? I used to hunt and then joined the Marine Corps. I didn't like the way my prey hunted back, and that gave me a whole new perspective about killing those innocent little/large critters. My interest in the Volt is our absurd dependence on Mideastern oil, and if this potentially incredible technology is put on the road we'll all heave a sigh of relief watching the millions of barrels of imported oil diminish yearly. Oh, and not to mention the saving of military lives and less coin in the terrorists pockets. C,mon, this is the proven and real value of the Volt.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you take the average mileage most drivers drive in a year= 12000 and calculate the average mileage that lots of them get now= 25, you will get their gallons of consumption = 480 if they then get a car that gets 40 mpg average, their fuel consumption will then be 300 The difference being 180 gallons or 15 per month less. If that gas costs $3 they save $45 per month. Now your cost of ownership including insurance taxes repairs and all will have to be no more than $45 per month more than what you are now spending or you are not doing yourself any favor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I suppose I could get all huffy about your assumption that people who own guns fon't care about things like habitat destruction, runoff pollution, poaching, wetlands, or illegal trade in wildlife. I assure you that the vast majority of hunters do care and care deeply about these things.

      But if you've never been interested in hunting, you've proabably never talked to a hunter, read a hunting magazine, visited a reputable huntinmg website or taken a hunter's education website.

      So you wouldn't know anything more about hunting than I would about golf. That's OK. We all like different things.

      But if I were to opine online about whether Tiger Woods is or is not the new Sam Sneed, I'd feel obliged to do a little research on golf and golfers, because you never know who might read your post.

      If you're interested in learning a little bit more about how hunters feel about the environment, and why they feel that way, you could google up "Ducks Unlimited" and your state's Parks & Wildlife department (or equivalent thereof).

      Or you could just continue with whatever assumptions make you feel comfortable. It's up to you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Who are you talking too?
        • 7 Years Ago
        My best friend is a bow hunting fanatic. The one he says about every electric or hybrid car I talk with him about is "Can I go hunting in it?" By that he means does it have enough room for all his camping and hunting gear? Can he drive out to the middle of no where and back? Can he drive off road and not worry about getting stuck? When he does get a deer, where does he put the body? Basically he means that he needs a truck. He drives a Chevy Silverado 4x4.

        Another note of interest is that he doesn't believe humans are causing global warming. In fact, every person I know that hunts don't believe humans can cause the earth to warm. Going along with that they all drive trucks and think hybrids and electrics are liberal tricks. Of course I live in Texas so maybe it is different else where.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Current Hybrids although capable of 50+ mpg as stated, Wont get that in highway driving, correct me if im wrong but in a Prius, at 55+ mph, youre not using the electric motor at all. This is the problem with hybrids and the benefit of systems like the volt. I live in the US, many many people commute 30mins or more to get to work each day, on highways, at cruising speed, where a prius is useless. a car with a small Tubo Diesel or gas engine used as a generator for an electric system, solves that dilemma.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Way to tell me im wrong then not address the issue i was talking about. At cruising speed, the electric motor is inactive. Any small 4 cyl with the driving techniques you speak of will improve gas mileage, we all know that. What im saying is for the way most people actually DO drive, a diesel is a more realistic way to achieve the same mileage. Torque.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Prius does use the electric motor a hybrid speeds. Depends on the grade, acceleration, etc., but I often find myself maintaining highway speeds on battery alone. Think, if your momentum is carrying you at x speed, it doesn't take much energy to goose it up to x + 5 mph. And when you take your foot off the gas on a slope, the battery recharges.

        In my real world experience, Prius does fine on long highway trips. It does worst on extremely short trips, especially in cold whether. If you just use it to run down to the store a half mile away on cold days, you will get mileage in the 30s. Use it on longer trips around town, 40s-50s. If you use it on a long road trip, you should be able to get around 50 mpg driving just as you would a normal car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kind of off subject but Toyota already makes a Voltz - aka the Toyota Matrix aka Pontiac Vibe.

      Anyways . . . I can't wait to see one of these zip by me with a deer tied to the hood!
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