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Last week I put forth that GM had shut down the Volt vote but what actually had happened was the Volt vote link had been taken off the GM website. I am happy to announce that you can still vote for the Volt. Just click on the link here. Volt

I know that many people don’t understand why I have been pushing for people to vote for the Volt so much. I haven’t been a big fan of GM since the demise of the beloved EV1. During the crushing of that stupendous product, GM claimed that there was no demand for electric vehicles. When confronted with a waiting list of over 4,000 names, GM claimed that those would be customers, once told of the shortcomings of the vehicle, were whittled down to 50 people who still wanted the vehicle.

I know and you know that there were and are far more people that want electric vehicles than GM claimed. The superior sales of the Prius, I believe was do in large part to the narrowing of options for people who wanted electric vehicles. The whittled down group of 50 people that still insisted that they wanted the EV1 even after being told of all its shortcomings represents 1.25%. The hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of hybrids vehicles sold in the United States still represent only about 1.8% of the entire car market. If I were GM, I would have realized that 1.25% of the entire market of vehicles is not a bad niche to have gone after. The halo effect that Toyota enjoys with the public has helped them break into a US market that would have rather purchased American, but buy Toyota because of quality, reliability, economy and their perceived efforts to clean up their act when it comes to environmental issues. GM has nothing like that going for them.

The only objections that people had about electric vehicles were the range and the charge time. With a series hybrid like the Volt above all the objections to electric propulsion go away. For us in the plug-in movement the Volt represents the vehicle that we know will revolutionize the auto industry. The last time we came close like this was when GM showed off its various plug-in hybrid versions of the EV1 pictured at the top of this blog.

With electricity the infrastructure is already there. If you have an outlet in your home you have what you need to power your car. Electricity, as an alternative fuel to oil, is easy, inexpensive and everywhere. It is the shortest path to reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

So, for me, go to the Volt vote through this link and vote. Volt
My goal is to reach 500,000 by Earth Day.

GM can do the Volt today with NIMH batteries. This is the second time around with this prototype. How about now we build the dang thing.

Originally posted to reckonrecon on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 08:30 PM PDT.

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  •  I agree with you 110%, however... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...clicking on the "Vote for Volt" square on the lower left doesn't actually seem to do anything.

    First, oversight; second, investigations; third, impeachments; fourth, war crimes trials!

    by ibonewits on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 08:45:49 PM PDT

    •  you have to go to the bottom of the page (2+ / 0-)
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      joelado, dotcommodity

      and there is a link off to the left of the page, which leads to another page with propaganda, which leads to where you can vote - I think.

      GM hasn't made it easy to vote, which seems to underscore how little importance they put on the Volt in the near future.

      I think they are wrong on this, and the diarist has the right take. American manufacturers need to put R&D money into alternative energy vehicles.

      In America, politics is big business. - J P Morgan

      by 4Freedom on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 08:52:48 PM PDT

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    •  Click on the "FIND OUT MORE" bar (1+ / 0-)
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      ...below the "Vote for Volt" graphic!

      It's now up above 450,000 votes "for" Volt.

      "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

      by frisco on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:07:53 PM PDT

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      •  I print screens to keep proof around (1+ / 0-)
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        heres my last
        Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
        so they can't say theres not enough interest

        •  They're still hiding it (1+ / 0-)
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          First off, the initial link opens a popup. If the diary writer had mentioned this, I would have turned pupups on for the occasion in my browser.

          Doing it today (Friday morning), I get a GM blog that has a "Vote for Volt" link, which only leads to another  GM blog. Apparently, they don't want people to know how many votes have come in, so thanks for the screen shot.

          First, oversight; second, investigations; third, impeachments; fourth, war crimes trials!

          by ibonewits on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 07:12:11 AM PDT

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          •  another thing that looked suspicious was (1+ / 0-)
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            a month ago, they also had a whole different vote screen with a whole other set of votes that amounted to 500 or so. I cant find that vote thing now...
            heres the direct link I keep:
            vote for volt

            it is not  popup

            •  I originally had the direct link but when I went (1+ / 0-)
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              to use it it asked me to use an authorization code. I switched at the last minute to what I have but I wasn't happy. I am going to try this again. I really, really want the vote to go over 500,000. When I originally pushed the Volt Vote it was going up by 50,000 in a 24 hour period. Now it is slow. I think that GM may be messing with the tally. I know that the last time I pushed for the Volt vote was when they pulled the link from the only site that I could remember it was on. That prompted me to post the blog before this one which said that the Volt vote was down. Now people have to go hunt to find it. The next posting that I put up for the Volt vote I am going to put up a comment right away that will use your link. This way I don't think they can block it. Thank you for the support.

              •  Suggest today is a good day to push this (1+ / 0-)
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                on Oprah Winfreys site: she has a green show today apparently and asks advice on things you can do to promote a greener America: I already posted my suggestions: buy an EV next, basicly, + can't do another...

                But why don't you post the Volt vote link there for everymom? She has a huge watchership

            •  Okay, that one works! (1+ / 0-)
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              Around 450,000 on the first one, 448,000 on the second, as of 7:30 pm EDT.

              First, oversight; second, investigations; third, impeachments; fourth, war crimes trials!

              by ibonewits on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 04:22:27 PM PDT

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  •  So ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps you will spend a little time discussing the various Hill bills offering tax credits be extended to PHEVs from hybrids.  ...

    Done enough of my ballot stuffing re Volt ...

    Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

    by A Siegel on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:06:44 PM PDT

  •  Zap just got a $78 million dollar order (2+ / 0-)
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    joelado, RosyFinch

    from Chicago. Even though they are just NEVs now, dont you think they are trying to springboard from that to a freeway speed vehicle?
    If you are motivated by saving the planet as ZAPs CEO seems to be...why would he stay in the NEV market which will never be practical for most consumers?

    Don't you think the Miles Javlon or the Tesla WhiteStar is more likely to get us there first? Both seem headed for 2009ish

    I just don't trust GM will do it. But I voted  months ago, and told the CEO that that design really sucks, but I will buy the first EV that can go on the freeway, even an ugly car that looks like its for evil retired greedy agressive gangsters with closed minds, hardly the look of the eco conscious consumer.

    Thats part of their plot...make it fail by mixing markets badly.

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