"Oil exporters should watch these technologies closely," Lolu said. "It's going to reduce them to bit players in the economic arena."
Bolaji, great feed back. Technologies like the Chevy Volt proves we can rely less on oil consumptions and reduce environmental pollution. It's clear further innovative works are still required, i.e battery limitations, seamless sound etc.
"My worry was aptly described in your observation of a pedestrian walking into the path of the Volt totally unaware of the car"
That is a genuine concern. Most of the responsibility lies on the shoulders of the driver who should be more cautious when driving. But there are Electric vehicle warning sounds designed "to alert pedestrians to the presence of electric drive vehicles such as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs) travelling at low speeds." (see Electric vehicle warning sounds)
Great post! the post truly summarized all I felt and saw when I test drove the Volt. My worry was aptly described in your observation of a pedestrian walking into the path of the Volt totally unaware of the car. We are all used to the noisy cue of a running car. Thanks for taking the task of enumerating the elctronic opportunites available to the supply chain.
Of cource the price matters a lot. But as RobertinHouston said: "one does not buy this car for cost savings. You buy it because you like the car and like the fact that you can drive - like we do - 70% of the time on pollution free electricity and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
"Would you buy a Chevy Volt ? "Itdependsfromtheprice,for instance,ifIhadtochoosebetweentwocars,acompatibleoneandaCheryVolt,Iwouldchoosethesecondifthepricewouldbenearthepricethatthecompatiblehas. Because the price it is the key factor among other criteria that the acquirer have.
If I still lived in Southern California, I think the Volt might be perfect for me: I had a short commute (maybe 5 miles each way? Tops?) and if I kept the car long enough, I might be able to cancel out the additional cost of the vehicle with the money I saved from not buying gas. I'd really have to sit down and do the math, though.
Now that being said, there is that whole rule about how you should never buy the first generation of anything because they're always buggy and kinks need to work out. So maybe I would wait until next model year. Given the expected demand for the Volt, maybe I wouldn't even have a choice and would HAVE to wait, anyhow.
Anyhow, thanks Bolaji for your coverage of the Volt and the Drive for Innovation project... it was all enjoyable reading! I very dearly hope that the Chevy Volt is a smashing success and a harbinger of things to come.
I wondered about the pedestrian safety with these ultra quiet cars, but then, that represents an opportunity for other component developers including those in the audible devices or imaging sectors. Hey, you could even modify those stick on warning whistles used to alert deer on country highways so that they can be heard by humans. Point is, any criticism or issue on these cars represents a solution waiting to be delivered. And yes, let's see some images from this road trip!
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