Besides a web site the car has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
He talked about the ad campaign for the new car that features the numbers "230" displayed so that the ZERO is an electric plug with a smiley face appearance. He said that 230 represents the miles per gallon efficiency rating for the car.
The Volt is likely going to sell for $40,000. According to Mr. Henderson it is designed to be used optimally by the person who drives 40 miles per day and that is supposed to be about 75% of us or something like that.
That's because 40 miles is about what you can drive on one charge of the lithium-ion battery. You just plug it in to your normal house outlet. The estimate is that a single charge is between $.75 and $2.50 depending I suppose on the cost of electricity and how depleted the battery is.
The car seats 4 adults.
The 230 mpg number is achieved using "new guidelines" about which the details are unknown. Basically the Volt on one charge can hit a maximum of 40 miles using only the battery. It does have an engine which supposedly can take you another maximum of 300 miles using gasoline at a rate of 30 mpg.
As I watched this news conference here's what I thought:
- The new GM is the old GM less all the people they screwed over.
- The new GM learned absolutely nothing from its past.
- Same old same old - promise more than they can deliver - same as old GM.
- Advertising is more important than results to both GMs.
- Lack of respect for the intelligence of consumers.
- Wonder what a battery costs for these things?
- Wonder about where all those batteries go when they die?
- Wonder about the unintended consequences?
I have owned cars by GM, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and other manufacturers. My Hondas all got better mileage than the sticker. My Toyotas (including Lexus) got exactly what the sticker predicted. My GM cars never came close to the predicted mpg number.
Later I left work, climbed into my Lexus and drove home. And on the way I thought about the fact that I paid the same amount for my Lexus that GM is going to ask for the Volt.
And I'm pretty sure a sarcastic smile spread across my face.