"Plug-in success will ultimately be driven by cost effectiveness and nothing else"
The purpose of an unqualified and over-generalized statement (such as this) is not to describe or explain, but to advance an agenda or point of view. With numerous plug-in vehicles entering the market over the next two years, you can be assured that they are here to stay. As such, the plug-in vehicle is a success.
Bonaire is exactly correct in pointing out that cost equations do not motivate purchase decisions. I did not select the Volt solely for economic reasons (although predictable cost of operation is very appealing). The environmentally friendly aspect of the Volt was not the primary consideration in choosing it (although it certainly was a positive). Nor did I opt for the Volt simply because I will no longer be contributing to the erosion of America's national security.
For me, the most compelling reason for driving the Chevrolet Volt is the driving experience itself. The Volt provides performance beyond that of other affordable, highly efficient vehicles (such as the Prius).
Ironically, the unqualified and over-generalized statement may end up becoming true. This will be the case if Iran is finally successful in provoking a catastrophic war. Thanks to North Korean assistance, they will have a functioning nuclear weapon later this year. Consequently, Iran is already starting to throw its weight around like a drunken bully, and in July announced that they had pre-targeted U.S. forces with ballistic missiles.
Don't wait too long to get your Volt...
2012 / Silver Ice Metallic / Neutral Leather / Navigation / Bose / Hard Drive / Rear Camera / Park Assist / OnStar service / Sirius satellite radio / Polished Forged Wheels / Volt All Weather Rubber Floor Mats and Cargo Mat / Dual Cargo Nets / Volt Door Sill Plates / Battery Enhancement / StopSafe ECU (rear end accident avoidance system) / Diamond Gloss polymeric resin / Ziebart front bumper and hood paint protection film / XPel Door Edge and Doorsill Guards /