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I don't know Eric Bolling but after viewing his video clips I can see how Eric's opinion of the Volt would be that of many U.S. drivers. The Volt requires to much effort on the part of the owner to be able to reap the benefits. You have to actually read the owner's manual to understand how the car works, how to maximize the battery driving range. It did not help that Eric Bolling week-long test drive of the Volt took place in NYC in winter as Eric reported getting only 25 miles of EV range he was probably not aware of the impact of using the electric heat on EV range.

You have to remember to plug the Volt in almost every night and Level I charging at the default 8 amps takes too long . Most driver's only think about putting gas in their vehicle if the fuel gauge is already showing low fuel. Drivers are conditioned to expect their vehicle to warm up, stay warm the longer they drive. This is the opposite of using preconditioning to preheat the Volt, conserve battery. Further, the settings for the Engine Assist Heat option are buried in the owner's manual and unlike any other vehicle. Since this was in 2011 or 2012 Hold mode was not available on the Volt, public charging stations in places such as NYC were uncommon. Level II charging at home was even more rare.

Things have come a long way in just 5 years. If the same test drive was performed today, with either 2017 Volt or a 2017 Bolt, the reviewer's opinion of the car might be 180 degrees from Eric's review.
 

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The biggest weiner of them all.

 

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The biggest weiner of them all.

I was actually passed by the oscar Meyer weinermobie in July while driving down to Atlanta. I wasn't quick enough to snap a pic and didn't want to risk it as I was towing a trailer.

When my middle daughter was in high school, some freshman boy texted a senior girl a picture of his junk, and she forwarded it to the entire senior class to embarrass him. She almost got in trouble for distributing child pornography because he was under 16, but somehow the school made the incident disappear. It turns out the dude got into a lot of trouble later while in college for similar behavior. I blame the parents for not instilling a good set of morals and values into the kid.
 

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I don't know Eric Bolling but after viewing his video clips I can see how Eric's opinion of the Volt would be that of many U.S. drivers. The Volt requires to much effort on the part of the owner to be able to reap the benefits. You have to actually read the owner's manual to understand how the car works, how to maximize the battery driving range. It did not help that Eric Bolling week-long test drive of the Volt took place in NYC in winter as Eric reported getting only 25 miles of EV range he was probably not aware of the impact of using the electric heat on EV range.

You have to remember to plug the Volt in almost every night and Level I charging at the default 8 amps takes too long . Most driver's only think about putting gas in their vehicle if the fuel gauge is already showing low fuel. Drivers are conditioned to expect their vehicle to warm up, stay warm the longer they drive. This is the opposite of using preconditioning to preheat the Volt, conserve battery. Further, the settings for the Engine Assist Heat option are buried in the owner's manual and unlike any other vehicle. Since this was in 2011 or 2012 Hold mode was not available on the Volt, public charging stations in places such as NYC were uncommon. Level II charging at home was even more rare.

Things have come a long way in just 5 years. If the same test drive was performed today, with either 2017 Volt or a 2017 Bolt, the reviewer's opinion of the car might be 180 degrees from Eric's review.
No, I'm pretty sure he was fully aware of the effect electric heat has on range. For political reasons, he set out to make the car seem as bad as possible, and when that wasn't enough, they used clever innuendo to imply it was far worse than it was (going from the car running out of electricity in the tunnel to how horrible it would be to break down in the tunnel, implying running out of electricity was a big problem in a Volt.)
 

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And then, Fox had this.
 

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No, I'm pretty sure he was fully aware of the effect electric heat has on range. For political reasons, he set out to make the car seem as bad as possible, and when that wasn't enough, they used clever innuendo to imply it was far worse than it was (going from the car running out of electricity in the tunnel to how horrible it would be to break down in the tunnel, implying running out of electricity was a big problem in a Volt.)
It's all selling opinion to shape the demographics.

Everything stopped after the 2012 Presidential election and Fox finally figured out that anti-plug-in wasn't a winner.

Murdoch Jr has been shifting the station for the long term. This is more of the clear-out of the old guard. As we've seen at tech companies, like hires like and you can end up with a lot that's not to like.
 

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The "thrust" of Bolling's (dick pun) anti-Volt screed was that the US bailed out GM, that GM used the bailout money to build the Volt, and the Volt is not only a tech failure, but the government is also taking your tax money to give me a $7500 tax credit.

He said he feared being electrocuted when driving in the rain.

When asked if 25 miles was the appropriate amount of miles for the car he said it should have gotten 40 miles, implying that GM was lying and again that the Volt was a tech failure.

No mention that the Volt was started and substantially finished before the bailout.
No mention that at 240V the car would recharge in 4 hours.
No mention of the extensive water testing GM had done. And that he did not get electrocuted.
No mention that 40 miles was for the other 9 months of the year.
No mention of the quite drivetrain.
No mention that a tax credit just lessens your taxes (something they would usually be in favor of).
No mention that the Leaf they seemed to see as a better free market EV also got the tax credit.

Instead, he was simply a dick, both on air and via his crude, apparently unwanted sexting to numerous female coworkers. Perhaps he was saying, "Hey everyone knows I'm a dick, here's a picture to prove it."

Here's another hit piece he did with Stossel who claims the government tax credit allows you to buy a Volt, get the $7500 and then "return it" (the car) and keep the tax credit.

 

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Ok, I'm convinced, Eric is a dick. I would still like to see the week long Volt test repeated with a 2017 Volt and/or Bolt in NYC in December - January temperatures and learn the reviewer's feedback.
 

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He also said he didn't recall any terrorist attacks under the Bush term 2000-2008. He seemed to have forgotten about 9-11. Google it.
 

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Even today the Volt is one car that not many people know exactly how it operates. Most think its nothing more than just another hybrid. Others think that its an electric car with only a 40 mile range and then you done. Even myself, which since a teenager always liked fuel efficient vehicles, before we purchased our 2014 Volt I had the impression that the Volt was just a hybrid that ran on premium gas and got less mpg's than the Prius.

Today we have a 2016 Volt which we traded in our 2014 Volt for. in the last 4 days we have over 200 miles of gas free driving on our Volt with a summer range of now 65 miles. Even when it runs on gas high 40's to low 50's mpg is the norm beating the Civic and the Corolla quite easily....
 

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Neil Cavuto, then FOX News business maven, was also a BIG Volt hater, going to big lengths to insult his wife on national cable TV on how could she possibly remember to plug it in EVERY night!!!

Maybe she once left the kids on the bus!!! hahahahaha
 

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Fox is actually a strange contradictory company. They do whatever they think is necessary to engage their audience and make the most money (like bashing Volts, and denying climate change), while internally they are quite green. With lots of solar power and recycling. Basically not practicing what they preach. Go figure.
 

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Fox is actually a strange contradictory company. ...while internally they are quite green. With lots of solar power and recycling...
Who cares, even if this is true! They are a propaganda machine for certain special interests, none of which represent me or the people important to me!

They hated the Chevy Volt because they identified it with Obama.

They conveniently forgot that the Automobile bailout funds all came from the Republican Congress passed Wall Street Bailout of 2008, signed by President George W. Bush, who then made the first bailout payment to GM and Chrysler in December, 2008 as he was leaving office!
 

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Who cares, even if this is true! They are a propaganda machine for certain special interests, none of which represent me or the people important to me!

They hated the Chevy Volt because they identified it with Obama.

They conveniently forgot that the Automobile bailout funds all came from the Republican Congress passed Wall Street Bailout of 2008, signed by President George W. Bush, who then made the first bailout payment to GM and Chrysler in December, 2008 as he was leaving office!
I wasn't disagreeing with you...
 
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