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Over $30K and forget about "the revolution"

Its not just a matter of who can afford the Volt, but also about comparable vehicles in the price range. In the $30k to $40k range, the Volt is competing with lower end luxury cars, many of which get more than 30 mpg. In the $25k range, you have both the Civic Hybrid and the Prius, which are well entrenched in the market. Can the Volt really be worth $10-15k more than them? That difference in price is 50% of the cost of a second Prius. And both of those vehicles qualify for tax rebates. Unless GM can get the price of the Volt down to $25k, they may as well not even release it. The masses will not flock to a Volt over $30k. And who knows but its possible that by 2012, the Tesla will be around $40k - who will buy the Volt then? It looks like the Volt is destined to failure before it has even gotten to the showrooms.
 
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