Tongue Lashing (DaV8or)
I think you are being a tad harsh for those of us relatively new to this forum. I know for me, I recently joined after seeing a snip on a news segment, got excited, "Googled" GM Volt, came here and simply asked some questions. No, I haven't done as much homework as you "senior" members, I am a newbie. I am however a guy who drove a 1/4 of a million dollar electric van in a public relations and media capacity here in Texas in the mid 1990s. I probably know more about batteries than the average consumer who is interested in an EV, but I suspect 95% of people who are interested in a GM Volt, don't have any idea what a metal-hydride or lithium battery (or even maybe a lead-acid battery) is. That's the beauty of this forum... potential consumers get to ask questions and they shouldn't be flamed, chided or ostracized for asking a question that needs to be addressed. The fact remains, NOBODY HAS STATED HOW MUCH A NEW BATTERY PACK WILL OR COULD COST (that I am aware of) after the batteries have exhausted their (unknown) service life. It might be impossible at this juncture to even estimate the cost and labor to replace the battery pack, but still, this is a legitimate and intelligent question to ask as a potential consumer.
I know for those of us who have been following the Prius for a much longer time-frame (it is a REAL car and basically HAS a track record, unlike the Volt) the big issue is the longevity of the Prius batteries and the steep price to replace them (typically 4 to 5 years) and we "newbies" have been equating this to batteries in general. Typically, consumers know they have to buy a new battery in an "old technology" vehicle every 4 to 5 years. Our mindset then makes us wonder how much a slew of batteries would cost (basically in that same time frame) for a Prius OR a Volt. I know the batteries in the $200,000+ Dodge Electric Mini Van I had as one of my two company cars in my PR job for a large electric company here in Texas --- they had to be replaced after 2.5 years!
No, I have not seen ANYTHING about the 10 year life span, nor anything about costs. I also think for most of us on this site, we are reading posts in the Forum. We might not simply know where to look.
Maybe someone needs to simply post a new topic " BIG NEWS, LONG BATTERY LIFE FOR THE VOLT."
Here is one other topic, Obama wants to give everyone a $7,000 tax credit for buying a "hybrid." I assume since GM isn't marketing the Volt as "hybrid" technically would this exclude the GM product and favor the Prius? Has someone already answered this? or is it buried somewhere where only a "senior" member knows where to access it?
My main complaint is GET THE COST DOWN so thousands of these will be be roaming the streets. I'd rather flood the highways with an American product over the Toyota. And by getting the cost down, the Unions need to make some concessions and let their folks work in the real world, like the rest of us working stiffs who can't afford a $50,000 electric car, made by some guy with a GED making $60 an hour, getting paid to take breaks while slowing down the assembly line as he/she is reading a magazine.