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  1. I would consider your option 2 unacceptable. :)

    I would consider your option 2 unacceptable. :)
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    I won't comment about refrigerants. But I will...

    I won't comment about refrigerants. But I will comment that some of the crusades to remove substances because of risks to health or the environment have been misguided. For example, Greenpeace...
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    Dealers are variable. I've had excellent service...

    Dealers are variable. I've had excellent service at Curry Auto Center in Bloomington, Indiana. My 2012 Volt had a couple of rattles when I picked it up. The dealer made adjustments and rattles were...
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    As an old chemist (an elderly one, too), my guess...

    As an old chemist (an elderly one, too), my guess is that ERDTT wasn't made optional for reasons of the chemistry and physics of battery management at low temperatures. You do want your Volt's...
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    I think the Volt engineering decisions for...

    I think the Volt engineering decisions for handling temperature extremes were pretty good.

    Yeah, there are some things about which we have no choice (at least currently), like living in 1g...
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    That certainly hasn't been my experience. Next...

    That certainly hasn't been my experience. Next month I'll have had my 2012 Volt for two years. There were minor rattles when I picked it up, fixed by the dealer. The charge door got sticky. Fixed by...
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    I disagree with the comment that the 120 volt...

    I disagree with the comment that the 120 volt EVSE supplied with the Volt isn't up to the task of daily charging. Since April, 2012 my Volt--which is parked outside and so exposed to sun, rain, ice...
  8. No, I wouldn't buy a BEV with 200 or 300 mile...

    No, I wouldn't buy a BEV with 200 or 300 mile range. Although most of my driving in my 2012 Volt is entirely on battery power, there are times when I may need to make long trips, and I don't want to...
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    I did have a sticky charge door, and the engine...

    I did have a sticky charge door, and the engine light came on as a result. Called OnStar and was told not to worry, but to take it to the dealer when convenient. In the meantime, I was able to open...
  10. When I drive to a distant city to shop, pick...

    When I drive to a distant city to shop, pick someone up at at the airport or whatever, I leave home in Mountain Mode, starting with a full charge in my 2012 Volt (no Hold button in that MY). Thus,...
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    Chlorination of drinking water remains one of the...

    Chlorination of drinking water remains one of the most successful advancements in public health of all time, and there's no practical substitute for chlorination. Ozone or UV irradiation as a...
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    Droughts and diminishing groundwater resources...

    Droughts and diminishing groundwater resources are serious problems in a number of areas in the United States. We have high populations in arid areas with limited water resources, and it will be...
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    I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder....

    I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While I'm not totally pleased by some of the icons in iOS 7, that seems trivial to me in the face of the major improvements in functionality of iOS 7...
  14. NASA's analysis is more realistic than Robbert's....

    NASA's analysis is more realistic than Robbert's.

    About that claim that charging from a coal-fired electric plant results in more CO2 generation: No. As it happens, my Volt uses electricity from...
  15. I don't think the Tesla S or X has any...

    I don't think the Tesla S or X has any significant relevance to Volt sales. The declining price of gasoline is more significant. Shale oil & natural gas is a big boost to the U.S. economy, but blows...
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    The plugin Outlander is supposed to arrive in the...

    The plugin Outlander is supposed to arrive in the U.S. as a 2015 model. I'm interested because of the AWD configuration. I live on a hill with a long, relatively steep and winding driveway (gravel)....
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    Check to see if you can prepay the loan without...

    Check to see if you can prepay the loan without penalty. If so, you can pay it off sooner.


    It's very simple. If you buy the Volt in 2014, you will qualify for a tax credit when you report to IRS...
  18. I would add to your list windshields, windows,...

    I would add to your list windshields, windows, doors, hoods, mufflers, brake pads, etc. But in the many years and among the many cars I've owned, some as long as ten years, several mufflers, a wiper...
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    No, if I lived in Los Angeles I probably wouldn't...

    No, if I lived in Los Angeles I probably wouldn't want to pay an extra $4,000 for AWD. (But making the rear wheel motors constantly "drag" for regeneration to the batteries would not be efficient.)
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  20. I have a 20 KW generator that comes on...

    I have a 20 KW generator that comes on automatically if utility electricity goes out. The utility company installed it and said I need not worry about the quality of power for my electronic...
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