Two Star Generals - Volt for the future; CTS-V for old times’ sake

Business Jet Traveler » February 2012
Two Star Generals
The Volt’s energy monitor gives the driver a detailed picture of what is propelling the car and the relative contributions of electricity and gasoline to overall efficiency. (Photos by Nigel Moll)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 7:45pm

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on January 31, 2012 - 10:28pm

I have a Volt for 3 weeks now. Outstanding car. Avg 130 mpg. If you go to mountain mode on highways before the battery hits 1 mile, you can generate even more power for the battery. I have gotten 50 miles on one charge this way. Absolutely an amazing piece of technology.

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Mother Nature.
on February 22, 2012 - 3:27pm

Ahhhhh. The joys of the electric car. No pollution, no noise. Live happy, live green.

But wait, at some point those batteries will wear out and fail. They will need to be replaced. What do we do with the dead batteries? Stop and think. If every car in America was electric millions upon millions of toxic batteries would need to be disposed of over a small time frame. That can't be a greenies dream.

Then there is the small problem of where you get your electricity. Every single volt and amp of electricity put in the onbaord battery has to come from somewhere. And 99% of that some where is that dirty, smelly power plant down the road. The more power needed to charge these electric cars is more power that plant has to generate. Increasing pollution.

Everything has a trade off.

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on February 22, 2012 - 8:12pm

Bravo Mother Nature for point out some of the realities of electric vehicals. One thing you forgot to mention is how the coal and gas to fire the plants is acquired; mining and drilling. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for continued R&D and improved technologies that can be brought to bear on both kinds of vehicles. For instance as solar power develops it could certainly contribute. Not sure how currently viable, but in sunbelt states a portion of the power could be supplied by panels on the roof of the owner's home.

However, it pays to move forward with eyes open.

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