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Friday, April 27, 2012

Why does the ‘right’ dislike the GM Volt?

Letter to the Editor

I am a mechanical engineer and have analyzed similar lithium-ion batteries as those used in some of today’s most sophisticated electric and hybrids cars.

Since purchasing my 2012 Volt last fall, I’ve followed the perplexing campaign from “The Right” involving the car I drive daily.

Perhaps they dislike our president so much that anything he touches or associates with is fair game for criticism, or perhaps they feel that while subsidizing an oil company is OK, cars and real people are a different story.

I want to let people know the facts. Here is my personal evaluation of the Volt:

The Volt is not only a well-engineered vehicle, it is well built. For comparison, my last three vehicles were BMWs, which by reputation build some of the best cars in the world.

The Volt is right there in quality and road feel. The Volt is a solid, peppy, and fun-to-drive car.

The Volt is economical. It is costing me about $1.70 to travel 40 miles. Compare this to the near $4 to drive my wife’s 2010 Prius.

The Volt is a patriot’s car. Since last fall, I’ve had to fill up my gas tank once in 4,000 miles of driving at a cost of $170 vs. $320 for my wife’s Prius. Less gas means less imported oil. This should help America.

I’m still not sure why the right may want to attack a car, but I am completely happy with my decision to trade a BMW for a Chevy.

Ray Iannuzzelli