A small number of Chevy Volt owners (around 50, at last count) have signed on to a letter saying they are perfectly happy with their cars and feel safe driving them. An even smaller number, a "couple dozen," according to MLive, felt differently and took GM up on its offer of a free loan car while the fire safety questions are answered while another couple dozen sold their cars back. Thus far in 2011, GM has sold 6,142 Volts.

GM spokesman Greg Martin told MLive that GM is "looking at a process for GM employees to purchase them if they choose, but the ultimate disposition hasn't been determined yet." We have questions in to GM about other details about the two programs – buy back and loaner cars – and will update this post when we get a response.


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      JP
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know of at least one Volt owner who's car was in an accident and is thinking of doing the buy back. Not out of any fear but because he hasn't been happy with the car since the repairs, it's gone back to the shop a few times. Seems like an opportunity to get out of a possible problem vehicle.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      There will be some used volt on the market
      Mark Sumner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Certainly keeping mine. 2000 miles, 106 mpg average.
        usbseawolf2000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Sumner
        How many kWh of electricity consumed?
        StevenG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Sumner
        3,200 miles, 253 mpg average
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Sumner
        @usb - lol Almost like asking a vegetarian how many plants had to die to produce that salad...
        MTN RANGER
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Sumner
        EV Miles / Total Miles: 724.83 / 754.54 (96.1%) MPG: 579.80 MPGe: 82.97 kW-hr/100mi: 32 (36.8 from wall) @ $.117/kWh my cost was $31.21 to go 724 miles.
      MTN RANGER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Speedy, the defective L1 EVSEs were from a while ago, presumably a bad batch. The new ones work fine. One of the melted ones was due to using a multi-plug adapter (not advised).
      ss1591
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will buy one how can I get on the list? All gm has do do is install a sensor on the battery bottom to detect coolant leak or if the system has a storage tank any loss will signal GM through ON Star! Please I want one....
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how many of those people that sold back their Volts did so out of "buyer's remorse" than any actual fear of a fire.
        DB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        According to the Wall Street Journal, at least 2 Volt buyers were initially refused buy backs by GM. Were these "buyer's remorse"? Hard to say, but GM walks a fine line when trying to infer which drivers are seriously scared vs the ones who wanted to get out their purchase/lease. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204826704577074753424855164.html
          Danaon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DB
          You have to remember, repurchases are much more complex than they seem at first glance. I work in an area where we deal with repurchases daily, and there are many good reasons for a manufacturer to refuse to repurchase a vehicle. The customer could have damaged the vehicle, or what is more likely, could have wanted a repurchase after a failed attempt at modifying the vehicle. You shouldn't expect any company to refund the money you paid for their product (especially one as expensive as a vehicle) if you tampered with it and/or damaged it. Remember that many repurchased vehicles are repaired, and if they pass a thorough inspection, they are resold with disclosure on the used market.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DB
          They absolutely cannot try to make such a determination. Just do the buy-back, no questions asked. But I wonder what the real fear level is. I doubt it is very high since these are mostly enthusiastic early adopters. Those WSJ boards are so filled with GM/EV/Volt haters. That's sad . . . you'd at least think they would appreciate the effort to reduce the trade deficit that is largely caused by oil imports.
          DB
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DB
          The article says that the customers in questions eventually were approved for buy backs, but only after lower level GM representatives told them "that the media had gotten it all wrong and there would not be any buybacks." WSJ took the rejections to Mark Reuss and the buy backs were authorized. Reuss added that GM's policy on returns is clear: "If someone wants us to buy back the car we're going to buy back the car."
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DB
          @spec I own a Ford Ranger (no, really) and while in a junk yard, I saw one hat was burned up. I asked, 'why is that one burned up?'. The guy said, 'sometimes that happens. Probably a fuel line near the engine.' That was 80,000 miles ago. Never thought about it until this moment. I remember after 9-11, Chimpy McHitler (love how th iPad automatically capitalizes everything there) said that hospital workers should get the small pox vaccination, and everyone screamed. It isn't safe, children, mayhem, general end of life as we knew it. I looked on my shoulder and thought,'wtf?' For some reason, people like to scream. I haven't quite figured it out. People just enjoy being pissed and screaming.
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DB
          I wonder what their legal basis is for determining who wants to return out of fear, and who just has buyers remorse. Seems impossible to prove.
          uncle_sam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DB
          those drivers will finde the solution. Just burn the car , whine in fron of the tv cameras and you are done
      StevenG
      • 3 Years Ago
      You're the f#cking idiot who think batteries cause fires, you F#CKING MORON, SHUT THE F#CK UP
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      @steven Batteries don't cause fires, people cause fires. :D
      Unni
      • 3 Years Ago
      Opportunity to copyright the term "Fire anxiety" after "Range Anxiety".
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty obvious this was mostly a PR stunt. There was no way they were going to be inundated with repurchases when over 90% of the people who bought a Volt are happy as clams with them. Was talking to some people at work who are a little more involved with this than I am, and I heard that less than 40 people had contacted GM wanting to know more about this offer. Wouldn't surprise me if most of them wanted a repurchase for financial reasons.
      Smith Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do you remember how news stories about exploding batteries killed the sales of lithium ion powered laptop computers? Me neither.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        Well played, Smith Jim. Cell phones and tablet computer sales all died too. Oh wait, they didn't.
      SpeedyRacer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I understand there was another Volt fire after crash testing. The coolant purportedly caught fire inside the battery pack. Now there are reports of the Volt's level 1 EVSE melting. I'm glad I drive a Nissan LEAF with no coolant to catch fire in the battery pack and a very robustly made L1 EVSE. LEAF's battery pack looks bullet proof. It is fully encased inside a steel shell and surrounded by frame rails that look like they belong on a truck. No worries for me (a.k.a. GM low quality anxiety).. LEAF: 100% Electric Volt: It's more gas than electric (so you can use gas station restrooms in bad neighborhoods)
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