Warren Tribune had up about the Chevy Volt being on display at the Canfield Fair with great interest. It was a nice article but it was followed up with some comments that ran toward the negative. The Volt is a good looking, electric car that runs on a plug in charge. It also has a back up motor powered by gasoline.
The comments ranged from the informed that crunch the numbers to see if the car is worth the price to the ludicrous that insist on bringing politics into every situation (liberals have no common sense, liberals this, liberals that). I think a couple salient points are being missed.
First , the Chevy Volt is an American vehicle utilizing state of the art technology to put an electric vehicle on the road. I have to believe there's going to be a premium cost for that. The government has come through with a tax break for electric vehicles (not just the Volt, either). With the tax breaks a Volt runs about $32,780. Right now that's what this technology is going to cost. A few years from now, after the technology is more readily available, prices will inevitably come down.
Second, and this may be the biggest advantage to the Volt, purchasing one allows the buyer to transform their philosophy to action. If you really want to get away from foreign oil, if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and you want to buy American, then this is a car that allows you to accomplish those things.
Finally, it's the buyer's money. They can spend it however they want. People have been buying Hummers and Excursions for years because that's what they want. If someone wants to spend their money on adopting an early electric vehicle, then they should have the freedom to do that. That's what we're all about, right?
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