Sorry, Honda is already using the "clarity" name.I think what they need to do and it remains to be seen whether they will is consider leaving this drivetrain available for use in other vehicle types.
Because for now, they clearly do not want to produce as many sedans as they are.
The biggest open question is does GM see any further need for the voltec platform as opposed to just going for pure BEV on vehicles. Personally I think it makes a lot of sense for bigger, heavier cars to avoid huge (at least for now) exorbitantly expensive batteries.
To me that’s the one issue I would like some clarity on from GM.
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When gas prices were $4 a gallon the Chevy Cruze was the number one selling car in the US.It's just not Volt plant that is closing down but plants that produce some of the other smaller cars. At $2.99 per gallon, people are buying SUV's and trucks be it American or foreign. Yes there are small cars but not many, most people give lip service to Global Warming but aren't yet willing to have it affect their travel preferences. If gas prices were the $6.50 to $7.50 per gallon of Europe you would see a sea change. There are only a few (like most of us) that do it for the EV experience. That's why I did it. I'm retired and don't do a lot of traveling so I wasn't going to save a lot of money on gas. The cut back on small cars was inevitable, Ford already announced it some time back. Nothing the unions or small car consumers can do until the market demands it.
Nothing to do with any benefit to shareholders whatsoever. The cost cutting measures will only benefit selected executives. And, as publicly traded company, GM won't go anywhere but down.The gall of GM to make a business decision that would benefit the shareholders... Ridiculous...
Bottom line, as was already stated, people want the SUV.
Just went to gm.comGo to GM website and to contact us then to email us near top of page and urge GM to keep making the Volt. It is an awesome one of a kind vehicle that is technically advanced. GM has announced plant closings and one is Volt production plant.
I tend to disagree as any decision that effects the bottom line of a company, will have a direct effect on what the shareholders receive at the end of the quarter.Nothing to do with any benefit to shareholders whatsoever. The cost cutting measures will only benefit selected executives. And, as publicly traded company, GM won't go anywhere but down.
As stated on the forum by a Clarity owner the gas engine will not start unless you push the accelerator past the detentI know the Honda Clarity is a good alternative choice for the Volt but it is not a 100% pure electric vehicle with a full charge in the battery. Take both a fully charged Volt and a fully charged plug in Honda Clarity to the track. Bury the accelerator to the floor on each and tell me which one, the Volt or the Clarity, starts the gas engine for extra propulsion. I bet a years salary it will not be the Volt....