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Chevy Volt discontinued: Chevrolet's last Volt rolls off the assembly line

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    hungariantoast Link
    Weird, everyone who I've ever met that owns a Volt loves it to death and hybrid cars still seem to me like the more practical option for Americans. This is what annoys me. Electric vehicles are...

    Weird, everyone who I've ever met that owns a Volt loves it to death and hybrid cars still seem to me like the more practical option for Americans.

    Although it would be nice to continue producing the Volt, GM needed to stop making it due in part to changing consumer preferences for SUVs, he said. The company also lost money on every Volt, cash that is needed for research on autonomous vehicles and more advanced electric cars, he said.

    This is what annoys me. Electric vehicles are great, autonomous vehicles are great, but SUVs are awful, and electric, autonomous SUVs are the worst kind, especially until electric vehicle technology eliminates the weight penalty that is introduced.

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    1. hamstergeddon Link Parent
      I'm surprised that anyone could live through the ridiculous fuel prices and resulting rejection of gas-guzzlers that the 00s gave us and then turn around and embrace gas-guzzlers again. I started...

      I'm surprised that anyone could live through the ridiculous fuel prices and resulting rejection of gas-guzzlers that the 00s gave us and then turn around and embrace gas-guzzlers again. I started driving right in the thick of it and as a result SUVs and trucks are total non-options for me.

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      Hypersapien Link Parent
      I have a hybrid car (2010 Honda Insight). A couple years ago when my girlfriend was getting a new car, the subject of hybrids came up with the salesperson, and he said that the bottom has...

      I have a hybrid car (2010 Honda Insight). A couple years ago when my girlfriend was getting a new car, the subject of hybrids came up with the salesperson, and he said that the bottom has completely dropped out of the hybrid market.

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        Parliament Link Parent
        What did he mean by that exactly?

        What did he mean by that exactly?

        1. Hypersapien Link Parent
          There's no market for them any more. No one's buying them. It was pretty depressing to hear. Gas mileage was the #1 thing I was looking at when I was looking for a car.

          There's no market for them any more. No one's buying them.

          It was pretty depressing to hear. Gas mileage was the #1 thing I was looking at when I was looking for a car.

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  2. JuniperMonkeys Link
    I'm kind of surprised about the negativity towards series and "range-extended" hybrids versus pure-electrics in all the "Volt is dead" press.* To me, electric power for ~50 miles and the ability...

    I'm kind of surprised about the negativity towards series and "range-extended" hybrids versus pure-electrics in all the "Volt is dead" press.* To me, electric power for ~50 miles and the ability to conventionally fuel longer trips sounds absolutely ideal. I don't want to pay for 250 miles of battery when I might do a 200 mile trip only once a month, if that. Granted, there are some increases in mechanical complexity, but not particularly drastic ones, particularly compared to traditional hybrids. I feel like there's something really obvious I'm missing with regard to why a range-extended electric vehicle is a non-starter for most people.

    * I realize the Volt isn't technically a series hybrid, since over 70 MPH it does have a mechanical connection between the engine and drive wheels, but it's a convenient shorthand.

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  3. stephen Link
    Damn that is such a bummer. I remember when the Volt concept car came out back in 07. That was one of the best autoshows since I had just seen "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and it was so cool...

    Damn that is such a bummer. I remember when the Volt concept car came out back in 07. That was one of the best autoshows since I had just seen "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and it was so cool looking. Then the production car was delayed and so much less cool than the prototype. It's sad that this car's run has ended so soon. American manufacturers must have some sort of obsession with bad choices.

  4. Route66 Link
    And what's the biggest market segment in the Canadian/American auto market? Trucks! Half tons. Everyone wants more room and BIG vehicles, especially anyone living outside of the inner city. Go figure.

    And what's the biggest market segment in the Canadian/American auto market? Trucks! Half tons. Everyone wants more room and BIG vehicles, especially anyone living outside of the inner city. Go figure.