Bunky I just don't think you will ever get it. Oil is finite...it is very valuable...we have no alternatives to air travel. We should really be conservative. Burning oil in cars when we have alternatives only makes sense. 1 generation left Bunky and then it's gone.
I lifted this from a poster named Craig on AutoBlog...great post...
There's so much shallow criticism on this site--don't like the first ad released half a year before the car will even be available (clearly an initial teaser only), don't like the styling (completely subjective), don't think anybody would buy it to save on fuel due to recently lower prices at the pump (speculative about oil futures and about buyer motivation), and so on, but no substantive comments about what's unique about this vehicle.
It's truly the best of both worlds. It's your efficient, "green" car that is capable of completing the vast majority of daily commutes without using a drop of fuel, and it's your no-compromise touring car with over 400 miles of anxiety-free range. As Chevrolet says, in short, "It can be your only car." It has no competition because no other vehicle can boast this practical approach to the breadth of the consumer market. As an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV), it stands alone.
Why is the new styling intended to be more mainstream? Simple, it's to avoid standing out in such an obvious, "I drive a green car" fashion statement manner, but instead to look like what it is--a premium automobile regardless of propulsion system (styling is subjective, so obviously whether or not you like it is up to you).
Chevrolet intelligently established a way to collect data and feedback from current generation owners, and then actually listened to what they had to say--giving the second generation more of what they wanted. This is customer satisfaction and product improvement best practice in action, and it should be applauded, especially considering the criticisms across the board that automotive manufacturers fail in this regard.
For clarity, I am not currently an electric, hybrid, or E-REV owner and I am not a GM stock holder, employee, or family member, but I do appreciate the Volt's mission, it's intended customer base, and it's strategy to this point,