Recall or Enhancements?

I recently hard about the Chevy Volt “Recall” and felt compelled to write about it. I want to promote green energy but feel that this is unacceptable.

The Chevrolet Volt owners are being asked to bring in their cars in to have enhancements added to the battery casing. Recent crash tests on the Volt found the battery leaked fluid causing fires. The Volt crash tests were to see how it preformed after and during a roll. 

GM and has been promoting the car like crazy which makes sense why the car company is calling it enhancements rather than a recall. If it was an official recall the government would be monitoring the recall process. 

I don’t own a Volt because of the cost to get one but I always felt that the car was taking us in the right direction. The consumers which bought one of the 6000 sold in the US are going to make the decision to keep it or get something else to drive. 

I’m sure this is just a hiccup in the process of making a more affordable electric car. I hope this is not the end of the Volt but who is going to trust GM after this. 

I have talk to a couple of GM car owners and they all have said they will not buy a GM in the future. I told them I was still interested in buying the Volt but was going to wait a few years to make sure this is the only problem wrong with it.

I don’t want to get into to much detail about this but most people have asked me how the Volt could save them money on fuel when they will be paying for the electricity to charge it. They also want to know if electricity prices will go up because electric cars increase the demand for electricity.

I have done the math for the first question and right now at least using electricity compared to gas for my car would save me over ten dollars a fill up. I live in Texas and gas is $3.12 a gallon right now. Residential electricity is about 9 cents a kWh on average.

Yes the demand for electricity will increase but this does not mean the price will. Why? The demand for gas is going to decrease making it cheaper to generate electricity. 

I hope this article made you think. I hope to write about something more interesting next time.


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Tim is working with Cheapest Electricity as an energy consultant for commercial consumers.

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