Got to be careful dumping on Elon and the Model S. As best I can tell, there are quite a few Volt owners who have reservations for the Model S, me included. The Model S is far from B$ and that's not my opinion. All of the reviews and test drives have raved about the car. Musk is a game changer. His work was one of things that got Bob Lutz to push very hard for development of the Volt, and Lutz has said that for all to hear. If the world evolves to all electric cars, we'll have Musk to thank for pushing the envelope. By the way, posters on the Tesla web site are very positive about the Volt.
I agree 100%. The Tesla is impressive, and the people on this forum sh!t-talking against it are not thinking very clearly IMO, and that's being polite about it. In fact they sound a lot like the people who rail against the Volt, just using a different set of bad, cherry picked and sometimes misleading arguments. (For example, the Tesla S starts close to $50K for the base model after tax credit, with levels in between; it's not just a $100K car.)
I believe the Volt can not accept a Level 3 charge, is this correct? Maybe Tesla will provide an L2 plug or two? Maybe GM will put in a similar set of chargers?
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is a very compelling sales pitch.
I agree, it's a great sales pitch, and really much more than that. It's visionary.
Even with an "adapter", there's no way the Volt can use L3 (direct current) stations, and you can be sure there will be some kind of special enabling card or device distributed just to Tesla customers for the superchargers.
To the question, "maybe GM will put in a similar set of chargers?" Not a chance. Just try and get your own dealer to return your car to you with a full charge every time, and they're all supposed to have 2 240V chargers on site! My car saw the service bay quite a bit, and I think the only time I ever picked that car up with a full charge was when they did the big battery brace recall (and that includes when I first took delivery.) While you may think that's unrelated, it goes to policy and procedures, and that goes to corporate commitment.
Of course Voltec can go the distance on gasoline, so the need for Tesla style stations doesn't exist. But the Spark EV will not have that luxury, and I can pretty much promise you GM will be just like Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi and others who are leaving the infrastructure problem to "somebody else". Also, it's likely the Spark EV is going to be a limited market "compliance car", with not even the commitment level to EV of the Nissan Leaf. Meanwhile other than the Volt, GM is badly lagging in the hybrid and plug-in hybrid arena, and eAssist is getting some pretty poor press as an inadequate substitute. This is an area where Ford is starting to kick ass.
Also IMO, GM's business level interest in Voltec has been dialed back significantly, and major Voltec people within the organization have left the building. Not they they won't continue on with it, just that I have my real doubts at this point that GM will put sufficient resources, promotion, and effort behind it to maintain their leadership position in car electrification. This is where GM usually fumbles the ball, sorry to say; like with the EV1 they have moments of brilliance, but their ability to think long term and consistently execute is notoriously poor once the finance guys get involved, and I'm personally not seeing where they've turned that around more than slightly since bankruptcy. I hope I'm wrong (but I doubt it.)