Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Prius Stomps Leaf

Americans want to burn that oil.

Sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which can travel about 75 miles on a single overnight charge, plummeted 69 percent in June from a year earlier. Meanwhile, sales of various models of Toyota Prius hybrids are selling as fast as the automaker can ship them.

The Volt is still not an overwhelming success, but sales for the first half of 2012 more than tripled from a year earlier to 8,817.

“I can’t grasp the concept of driving 20 or 30 miles, or whatever the range is on the car, and then having to plug in again,” said Dennis Barrera, sales manager at Suburban Toyota in Troy, where the standard Prius hybrid is “still the most asked-about car (among shoppers) walking through the door.”

via U.S. drivers slow to embrace all-electric vehicles – USATODAY.com.

See also: A QUESTION FOR PRIUS OWNERS from The Industrialized Cyclist Archives.



GM to suspend Volt production

And start Malibu production…

The 3.6 million-square-foot Detroit Hamtramck plant, opened in 1985, operates four days a week, 10 hours a day, on one shift employing 1,200 hourly and 130 salaried workers.

GM confirmed it also might extend the summer shutdown there, a move first reported by Ward’s Auto.

Chevy is preparing to launch production of the 2013 Malibu this summer at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly.

Volt sales bounced up last month, from 603 in January to 1,023 in February. It outsold Nissan’s electric Leaf for the month. The Volt’s best sales month was December, when 1,529 cars were sold.

GM sold about 7,700 Volts in 2011, below its target of 10,000. GM last month abandoned its sales target of 45,000 for 2012, saying it would match “supply to demand.”

via GM to suspend Volt production | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com.



Stupidest idea of the year, so far

This sets the bar pretty high, but it’s only February. I bet the other congressmen can put their heads together and come up with something even stupider than this.

GOP lawmaker offers $1 billion prize to first 100 mpg gasoline car – The Hill's Floor Action.



Liquid coolant might be culprit in Volt battery fires
December 8, 2011, 04:49
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Behemoth liquid-cooled GM Volt batteries may catch fire after crashes.

http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2011/12/ap_source_coolant_leak_likely.html