Chevy Volt '...his fancy toy' is accurate description
April 24, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2012 at 11:24 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
I find it an amusing and quite an accurate remark that Mr. Griffin's wife made. I think that he might also wish to give the U.S. Taxpayers a big thank you for the $7,500 dollar rebate that helped him make his new purchase. If others are thinking about making a similar purchase I would recommend a little research. You might start with an article in the Wall Street Journal: March 3, "Chevy Volt: Why Isn't it Selling Well?"
The key points were price and efficiency.
It is projected that it will take twelve years before the added cost of the Volt can be justified by the supposed fuel savings. How many Volt owners will keep their car for twelve years and recoup the added cost?
In the article, Mr. Griffin states that he is getting approximately 40 mpg. A similar vehicle, the Chevy Cruze is priced at half the price of the Chevy Volt and gets similar fuel mileage. Plus it has an added advantage, the U.S. Taxpayer isn't on the hook for the $7,500 rebate.
Oh, and one other thing, that eco-friendly fuel that the Volt uses is produced mainly by fossil fuels.
I congratulate Mr. Griffin on his new purchase. It may be the perfect car for some people; just be honest with yourself as to the real reason for the purchase. I just want people to look at the facts before making a similar purchase. If you still wish to purchase one, I think that's great. I only regret that the taxpayer is having to help with the purchase price for a dubious eco-friendly purchase.
Mike Beeson, Victoria