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GM-Volt Waitlist Tops 33,000 Members

A non-GM-affiliated waiting list for “handraisers” interested in purchasing the Chevy Volt EREV, hosted by the GM-Volt enthusiast/advocacy website, has topped 33,000 members.

Site founder Dr. Lyle Dennis is upgrading the waitlist with a new database and interface.

Since actual production numbers are projected to be modest at first, our next mission is to try and compel GM to build enough cars for us.

Now if you really want to have fun, you can check out a summary all of the collected data at this link (Wait List Data). You can see that so far with what’s been filled in, we have enough people here to generate over $200 million in Volt sales for GM. The data will be continuously available and updated in real-time as will the counter on the main page.

—Lyle Dennis

Comments

stomv

Putting your name on a list on the Internet is free. Actually showing up at the dealership, cash and/or tradein in hand, is a wholly different story.

If these folks had put down a $3,000 non-refundable deposit, then their numbers (33,000) would mean something. Until then, it's vapor, just like the car they claim to be willing to buy.

fleet

Not to throw cold water on this, but I think stomy has a point. The purchase price of the Volt continutes to climb toward $40K. Although people are excited about PHEVs, their enthusiasm will be tempered when they realize how much these vehicles will cost, at least initially. Getting consumers interested in clean vehicle technology is just the first step - getting them to actually buy it is actually the harder part.

TM

33,000 enthusiasts is nothing. That represents 2 months of Prius sales.

On the other hand, this is a symbolic gesture by "the people" signaling that we are hungry for a reasonably priced car with the specs outlined in the Volt.

GM is going to either hit a home run or strikeout, depending upon how they execute this design.

The car has to have high reliability in all aspects like the Prius, be reasonably priced, be solidly built, low defects off the assembly line, fun to drive, decent handling/acceleration/etc, no horrible electric noises, and of course deliver on the 40 mile all electric range.

Then, people will vote for this car with their money. That is how you encourage GM to build more if you like the car.

shane

TM - agree with what you say - but eventually GM must at least break-even on production costs. Noises from GM is this means $40K-45K purchase price. To some that is just fine - but it's hard to see the "business case" for the average family.

It's possible GM will have a wonderful technology that is too expensive for the mass-market - and goes nowhere.

Are all the people on this site that have routinely argued "build it, and they will come" going to put their money where their mouth is - and buy this car - even at the 40-45K price?

Kevin

I think that the price is crucial to the potential success, more so than the electric only range.

If GM can produce a 25 mile car at $25k this will sell much faster than a 40 mile car at $40k,

Maybe if they are smart they will make the battery expansion an extra, like memory on computers.

The key to GM's survival, and it being able to thrive, is volume, without volume on this car they well be history

gr

As the story says: 33k waitlist represents $200M to GM - that's two years before they put one in a showroom. There's plenty of interest in a serial hybrid. And the first guy on the block to plug in his car will be like the first guy with a color TV. Six months after purchase he tells the neighbors he has not yet gone to a gas station. And he commutes 35 miles a day.

With the Obama proposed tax credit of $7k and GM paper at low interest, a $33k car that gets equiv 50mpg in genset mode - sounds mighty attractive.

Dylane

I was all confused about the 33,000 people wanting a Volt translating into $200m in revenue for GM, that would mean a sales price of only $6,060...then I went to the site and saw that only 7,779 people said how much they would pay, and that the average reported willingness to pay is ~$31k. If you could get all of the people who have signed the list to pay that price it would be over a billion in revenue...still might not be profitable at that price though, even with that kind of volume.

Dollared

I'm with Kevin. This car should not cost more than a Malibu + batteries.

We all have different commute lengths, and that should drive our choices. Ideally, we could buy up if we change jobs and locations.

So give me $28k with a 25 mile range, and $38k with the 40 mile range. Then I'm a Volt buyer.

Henry Gibson

GM had the EV1. They would rather shred them than responsibly recycle them as used cars. Forget the US car makers. Get TATA to build an electric for the US.

The economic decision to make is to not buy the Volt but to buy $2000 used cars and pay for high priced gasoline or perhaps convert to dual fuel compressed natural gas. You can make compressed natural gas at home. ..HG..

philmcneal

"I'm with Kevin. This car should not cost more than a Malibu + batteries."

You saying research and development should be free? The poor soul who tried hard in university should get nothing for his hard efforts, despite how market changing his/her efforts maybe.

Gary

fleet says: "high reliability in all aspects like the Prius"...

The Prius has had to be recalled due to software bugs which led to stalling. That sounds scary to me.

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