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  •  The Volt is an excellent balance between (3+ / 0-)
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    primary battery-electric motive power and range.  Believe me, if we had found it identical to the Leaf in comfort, features, and space, we would have preferred buying American.  We bought US-made solar panels for that exact reason, even though the Chinese-made panels produced 10% more voltage.  We purchased our solar array before the new Chinese-made solar panel duties hit, so those panels will now cost even more than the quote we were given.

    I know a lot of people who love their Volts, and I'm happy to see them as a gateway drug to the joys of pure BEV power.  Electric vehical naysayers poo-poo the Leaf for generating "range anxiety," but did you know of all the Volt drivers who get "gas anxiety"?

    There is one way that Volt and Leaf drivers are at odds: scrambling for limited public charging stations.  The Volt driver wants to keep the battery topped off to not use gas.  The Leaf driver may NEED that top off to get home.  But I'm seeing the stations more available now that many of them are no longer free to use.  That means the people who really need the charge will pay for their electrons.

    In capitalist America, bank robs you!

    by madhaus on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 09:44:32 AM PDT

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