... and at $30,000 - hmmm, me skeptical!
Tesla needs to get to work with the Model E ASAP.
Is that a prototype photo of the next Camaro EV?
Yeah, a 30K, 200 miles range Volt by 2016 that looks like a Camaro? Too much of a good thing.
If GM can execute all three points above before Model E is available then it would corner the market in affordable long range EV. GM would have to reduce the battery cost down by at least 800% to 10K to 15K per car in order to compete with ME.
However, being the skeptic that I am, GM must have a top secret team who has produced the Volt 2.0 as an alpha vehicle in testing NOW in order to hit the 2016 production date. There's not a chance in h@11 that GM could keep that under wrap to this point.
I would never buy a GM badged vehicle. Ever.
Sorry for your bad experience with GM vehicles. I've owned 7 GM badged vehicles over the years with good experiences (plus many other brands) and still have my first GM badged vehicle...almost 47 years! Hope I enjoy my Tesla as much (probably not as long...will be too old to drive by then, HA!).
Forgot one...8 GM badged vehicles.
I will believe it when I see it. I think the chances of a 200 mile all electric Volt coming out by 2016 are very very low.
This is hype from a retiring executive. I'll believe it when they actually produce a prototype.
I don't think that GM has the culture to produce a better electric car than Tesla.
All of the electric cars so far have just been taking an existing GM car, then shove the Volt system into it somehow. The Volt is from the Cruz.
Until GM is willing to start with a blank sheet of paper, I don think they will be able to get there.
GM also has the issue of the legacy dealerships that will resist. Also GM needs to explain their long distance strategic response to the Supercharger network. Unless we here how their EV will get across the country, their car(s) will be inferior to everything Tesla has.
I will believe it when I see it. Then,
I will drive it and decide.
If the production goal is 2016, then the car is not only under development right now, it's been under development for quite a while.
Doesn't really pass the sniff test for me.
The picture is of the concept model of the original volt before they decided to stuff it into a Cruse platform. Sounds like they are just trying to keep people away from Tesla until they have something. Doubt it will be within 4-5 years from now. Then Tesla will be that much further along, and GM will still be playing catchup.
@AmpedRealtor: I would never buy a GM badged vehicle. Ever.
I agree with you in general, but the Volt gets positively glowing reviews from owners. If I recall, second or third highest rating behind the Model S. I would definitely consider a 200 mile Volt over a random hybrid or ICE. Especially in the low to mid $30k range.
"In a multi-page interview ... having to due with his legacy and successor..."
"But with Akerson on his way out, so he can pretty much say whatever at this point, and most people aren’t going to pay attention. "
The writing itself is bad enough to disqualify the content. But the last quoted sentence is probably true enough... (if it were a complete sentence).
Brian H, where are you?
I don't always agree with you. But when I do it is that I will never own another GM product.
GM is so immersed in ICE culture innovating something totally new is all but impossible.
Volt is a very well made car. Coming from a very picky and discerning person.
(Not trying to brag here)
OTOH the recent Tesla rental Chevy Captiva was hellish.
Cheap, complex, unintuitive, noisy, slow....
Yes, The Volt is very well made, and I enjoy driving it almost as much as my Model S (Ok not anywhere near as much). But... A 200 mile Volt would be awesome!!!
Not believing a word of it..
"I would never buy a GM badged vehicle. Ever."
Well said. Can't say it any better than that.
Design an EV on paper? I could do that too.
Hahahahaha. I want some of what Akerson is smoking!
Stalling tactics. Their engineers disassembled and dissected a Model S, and what did they learn? To better make promises, coz no way they can top that.
I just traded my Volt in for my p85+. It's a completely different experience on many levels (I really love my new car!). However, the Volt is also a great, well built car and I loved it too. It doesn't need a 200 mile range - that's overkill for a hybrid. I was wishing for 100-125 miles which would cover all but the road-trips where we Tesla driver use Superchargers.
car is worthless without superchargers!!!
Volts have their own superchargers, they're called gas stations.
A few points:
I have never net an unhappy or disappointed Volt owner. There are many dual-volt/Model S owners. Let's not be so chauvinistic. Yes, the Model S is a great car at twice or three times the price, but there's a place for hybrids too. We'd be in a world of trouble if everyone, or even half the driving public were to try to transition to pure EV in a five year window.
I will probably be buying another Volt for the wife this summer. That way she won't ask to drive the Tesla :)
GM is bloated and lazy, slow to change, which is why they can't keep pace with Tesla. Volt owners enjoy the volt because quasi-electric is a significantly improved driving experience over pure ICE. If volt owners test drive the coming Gen III, they'd pick it over volt.
So driving experience and lower cost of ownership is this, user satisfaction syncs up:
Electric > Plugin Hybrid > Hybrid > ICE
@256, the real article is business week. Don't bother with the article about the article.
It says GM is working on a next generation of electric vehicle, A compact car that can go 200 miles on a charge and carry a generator, too... that could run on gas, diesel, or natural gas. ... 2016, for about $30,000, ... the plans aren’t public.
Typical concept car noise. No way that's a Volt model they are serious about. And yeah, easy to design an EV on paper. Hard to do in metal.