Chevy Volt Is One Hot! Car

As the owner of a Prius I'm always interested in stories about cars using batteries as a power source for propulsion. I've had no trouble in the last five years with my first Prius and liked it so much I've purchased a second.
Some people wonder why I would buy a foreign car instead of one made right here in the good ol' USA by union labor. Here's one example.
Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. House subcommittee will hold a hearing into reports of General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Volt catching fire, a spokesman for Representative Darrell Issa said.

The regulatory affairs subcommittee, led by Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, will schedule a hearing for late January, Jeffrey Solsby, a spokesman for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee led by Issa, said today in an e- mail.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating three fires earlier this year in the Volt’s battery pack following separate collision tests. GM has said it is working with NHTSA to find the cause and determine if a fix is needed.

Greg Martin, a GM spokesman, said the company hasn’t been notified of the hearing and declined to comment in an e-mail.

The Volt “is safe to drive,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters on Capitol Hill today.

LaHood said the department didn’t withhold information about the battery fires after U.S. crash tests. The department announced a safety investigation of the Volt Nov. 25.

“We’re not in the business of protecting the automobile industry,” LaHood said. “We’re in the business of making sure the cars are safe. That’s why we’re doing the investigation of the Volt.”

The Detroit News reported the planned House hearing earlier today via a Twitter account.

--With assistance from Craig Trudell in Southfield, Michigan. Editors: Steve Geimann, Larry Liebert

To contact the reporters on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net; Lisa Caruso in Washington at lcaruso7@bloomberg.net

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Its obvious Fred is not with the times. The Made in America movement http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/made-america-christmas-movement-15060878 is taking off as more and more Americans realize the relationship between buying American and keeping their own Middle class jobs. Never-the-less the foreign made Prius is not without its own problems. Seems Fred is living in the past as American made vehicles are of similar quality with the foreign brands. Also with Taylor KIA as Fred's main sponsor you would think he'd be buying a foreign KIA. Go figure.

Prius Problems
Consumer Complaints & Reviews
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/toyota_prius.html

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When you're 60 and only have $40k in your 401k, buying a new car makes so much sense. Especially when you work in a high growth field like radio. Move over Cap Averill, we've got a new financial genius in town.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Fred needs to check his Japanese built Prius for radiation seems the government has been hiding the facts on all the irradiated products coming from Japan.

Japan baby formula shows radiation contamination
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/japan-baby-formula-shows-radiation-contaminatio...
Radiation contamination has been found in a leading brand of Japanese baby formula, most likely fallout from the country's crippled nuclear plant, its manufacturer said Tuesday.

Meiji, a major producer of milk, confectionery and pharmaceuticals, said it was recalling some 400,000 cans of "Meiji Step" formula that contained a small amount of radioactive caesium-134 and ceasium-137

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Paul, you are correct there may be a problem with radiation in my car. I have developed a third eye from sitting in the driver's seat of my new Prius. It's not the same color as my other eyes. Can you please come over and take a close look at my brown eye? Maybe you could kiss it and make it better. LOL

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Fred I'm sure all WBSPD brown eyes are well attended. Irradiating your brown eye while driving the possibly contaminated Prius will at least keep you from the AIDS epidemic. Maybe you could take a page from Candidate Newt and have some of your poor Toledo underage neighborhood school children take a break from doing TPS janitorial work and come over to give you some assistance. ;-)

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And yet Quinnipiac has Candidate Newt beating the President in Ohio this afternoon 43-42.

Even more damaging from that poll, GOP enthusiasm to vote: More 47%, Less 20%, Same 40%. Dem enthusiasm to vote: More 20%, Less 18%, Same 62%.

Again, the Dems hinging the President's reelection on the GOP's candidate being weak is a huge mistake. The GOP base will solidify behind whoever is the candidate.

I think it's because parents would rather have their kids doing TPS janitorial work than out on the streets up to no good.

MikeyA

Somebody hit a nerve.

mesin' with him, it's the internet, it's what happens.

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Fred play this in your new irradiated Prius while you deal with your brown eye problem!

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Are Prius Radiation Levels Checked By Factory? Who knows for sure!
http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii-2010-prius-main-forum/98701-prius-ra...

Initially Toyota and Nissan released some press reports about checking vehicles for radiation. You would be wise to have your car checked by a Geiger counter and change the air filter at the very least. Any car produced in Japan on 3.11 or later should be scanned. The outside is not the problem since it can be washed. It is the interior that is worry some. You don't want to internalize those"HOT" particles in your lungs.

Only about 5 cars are checked out of every container shipment and port workers in various countries have discovered cars and ships that have levels even when they just stopped in a Japanese port for a short time.

A. Yes it possible.
B. Change your air filter.
C. Scan your car for peace of mind.
D. Map of Production Facilities locations in Japan, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and parts suppliers including how close they are to Fukushima.
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Government Lied – Radioactive Fallout hits the west coast
http://offgridsurvival.com/governmentfalloutradiationwestcoast/
See what unregulated Free Trade brings you!

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The Volt may be safe to drive, but it's not affordable to buy. Do the math. You obtain a 2011 GM Volt, while your mate obtains the base model 2011 Toyota Prius.

2011 GM Volt. MSRP $41000. There's some sort of tax credit available for it, but it's a formula and you don't get all of it, on average. Say you get about $3000 for it. The Volt's 16KWh battery takes about $1.92 in electricity to charge around Toledo, with our residential 12c/KWh rates. That takes you about 40mi on average; low 25mi, high 70mi; this depends on driving habits and road conditions.

2011 Toyota Prius. MSRP $25000. I checked online in October and found Jim White Toyota had 4 on the lot for about that price. It gets 50mpg, hwy or city. So, going 40 miles in the car will cost you about 40/50ths of a gallon, hence about $2.80 when gas is about $3.50/gal.

Now say you and your mate drive about the same, and do that 40mi/day, 365.25 days a year. But you bought the Volt for $13000 more... just to save $2.80-$1.92 = 88 cents/day. That's about $320/yr that you saved, but since you spent $13000 more to get that, it must be amortized. 320 goes into 13000 about 40 times, meaning it would take you forty years to get the savings back out of the GM Volt. That's far over twice the service life of the vehicle.

The GM Volt is not worth buying for anyone but the rich or people who can't do math.

I haven't even gone into the costs of replacing the battery packs of both vehicles. It's about $2600 for the Prius battery, which is likely to last at least 10 years from current data. The Volt battery replacement cost is rather unknown, but is likely to be about $5000 when the time comes, and should last as long as the Prius battery. Obviously this makes the vehicle even more unaffordable. So one really wonders what GM was thinking when it made this vehicle, and that goes double when you realize that GM made (and then destroyed) the EV-1 electric car, and triple when you realize that GM had watched Toyota design, build and sell the Prius for at least 5 years by then (2007).

GM clearly isn't trying to make a usable product, and that's the only possible outcome when a company becomes a government welfare baby.

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