Those Chevy Volt Hybrid Owners Drive All Right, But They Don’t Park So Hot – “It’s OK, I Drive an Electric Car”

First of all, the Chevy Volt hybrid car is a hybrid car. Yeah, I know it was going to be an electric car, but GM lied to us all, which is its right to, but a hybrid is a hybrid, right>

Second of all, sales of the the Chevy Volt hybrid car are abysmal, so that’s why you don’t see them causing a bunch of accidents, you know, the way the drivers of a hybrid car line from another manufacturer are famous for. I can’t recall seeing a crazy driving maneuver done in a Volt.

Third of all, Volt drivers park in the craziest places, as if they think they’re special.

Thusly:

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That’s the MO of one Volter, like every day.

The driver prolly thinks you are stupid for not parking in crosswalks yourself.

On It Goes…

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8 Responses to “Those Chevy Volt Hybrid Owners Drive All Right, But They Don’t Park So Hot – “It’s OK, I Drive an Electric Car””

  1. Camarografo says:

    So, are out-of-state handicap placards, the ones that hang from rearview mirrors, valid in all states?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I dont know. prob not

  3. Camarografo says:

    Hmmmm, just visited the DMV website: “Travel parking placard for nonresidents who plan to travel in California and have a permanent disability and/or DV plates. Valid for up to 90 days or the date noted by your licensed medical professional on the application, whichever timeframe is less.”

    The one that I’ve been seeing on my block is out of state, and it’s clearly marked as such. Sketchy dude.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    I hear you…

  5. ndhawk says:

    1) The Volt is not just a hybrid. It really does run only on electricity up until it’s all electric range is out. Only when it is running in gas mode will it sometimes use the gas motor to power the wheels. Originally the gas motor was only going to charge the battery but they were able to increase mpg while running on gas by about 15% if they allowed the gas engine to help drive the wheels under certain conditions.

    2) The Volt sells better than half the cars on the U.S. market. If sales of the Volt are abysmal than so are many other’s such as nearly every Audi.

    3) My grandma used to say BMW’s were rude. I guess if that is true, it is possible for Volts to be bad at parking.

  6. sfcitizen says:

    1. The Volt is just a hybrid. It’s just like my neighbor’s Prius. GM lied.

    2. The Volt has been a huge sales disappointment. http://www.technologyreview.com/view/426788/gm-reveals-dismal-volt-sales-in-january/ GM lied, repeatedly.

    3. Yes, BMW drivers as well, seem to think they are privileged. Add Volters to the list. In SF, having a parking place at your destination is much more important than how you got there.

  7. Rob Peterson says:

    SFCitizen,

    This is Rob Peterson from Chevrolet Communications. The Volt and Prius operate drastically different. The Volt operates as a pure electric vehicle at all speeds for an EPA estimated range of 38 miles (many CA residents exceed this regularly). The range-extending engine does not operate until the battery is depleted. The Prius engine engages to power the vehicle at speeds up to 30 mph or lower if under heavy load before it is fully powered by its engine.

    Since most drivers commute fewer than 40 miles daily, the Volt operates as a pure electric vehicle, a fact proven out by owners who to date have driven over 140 million miles – over 90 million of which were powered by electricity alone. In total, the Prius has roughly 1 – 1.5 miles of pure electric range if you are extremely light on the acclerator.

    As @NDHawk pointed out Volt sales have exceed nearly half the cars in the US market (the article you reference was referenced January sales data). In fact, last month was the Volt’s best ever (2,961) which was only a few hundred units less than the Prius C.

    Thanks
    Rob

  8. sfcitizen says:

    Here’s what you do, you take out the gas engine and then it won’t be a hybrid anymore. Until then, the Volt is a hybrid.

    The Volt also uses the gas engine to go uphill, especially in SF. Don’t you know that, Chevy?

    This might be before your time, but Old GM advertised this program as a BEV electric car deal. People were shocked when they found out the real configuration of the Volt.

    Are you comparing a $19k Toyota with a $39k Chevy? I think you are.

    If you triple the sales of your best month and maintain that for years, then the Volt/Ampera will have met “expectations.” Keep trying.

    Most Americans don’t approve of your recent bailout. So that’s Obama si, GM no. You owe us a lot more than the half-assed Volt program, GM

    Or, in other words:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gms-volt-is-on-the-road-to-nowhere/2012/09/12/29cd8216-fd0d-11e1-a31e-804fccb658f9_story.html

    “The Energy Department study assumed that General Motors would produce 120,000 plug-in hybrid Volts in 2012. GM never came close to that and recently suspended Volt production at its Hamtramck, Mich., plant, scene of a presidential photo-op. So far, GM has sold a little more than 21,000 Volts, even with the help of a $7,500 tax credit, recent dealer discounting and U.S. government purchases. When you factor in the $1.2 billion cost of developing the Volt, GM loses tens of thousands of dollars on each model.”