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I can understand marketing this in California, the NYC metro area (NY, NJ, CT) and Washington DC. And I can see why you'd market GM's hope for the future in Michigan.

But Texas? I don't get that at all. Would this actually fly in Texas?

DETROIT – General Motors Co. is guaranteeing the battery in its Chevrolet Volt electric car for eight years or 100,000 miles in an effort to inspire confidence in the new technology.

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The rechargeable Volt is due in showrooms this November. The vehicle can travel 40 miles on battery power before a small gasoline engine takes over to generate power so the car can go longer distances.

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The Volt will first go on sale in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, California and Washington, D.C.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100714/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gm_volt_warranty

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Texas is one the most populous states, 2nd I believe, possibly 3rd if enough New Yorkers haven't moved there yet. There are plenty of yuppies and liberals in Texas (Austin is full of them so are the wealthier areas of Dallas, such as Highland Park) to make a go of selling an electric car there...not a high enough percentage to make texas a "blue state" but if even 1% of Texans buy one, that is a pretty good market.

People who are not ignorant of the state would know this.

Texans can carry concealed handguns, no need for a "gun rack".


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Texas is one the most populous states, 2nd I believe, possibly 3rd if enough New Yorkers haven't moved there yet. There are plenty of yuppies and liberals in Texas (Austin is full of them so are the wealthier areas of Dallas, such as Highland Park) to make a go of selling an electric car there...not a high enough percentage to make texas a "blue state" but if even 1% of Texans buy one, that is a pretty good market.

Yes, but is Texas dense enough to warrant spending 35K on a car that seems to be designed (GM's protestations to the contrary notwithstanding) for urban travel?

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Despite rhetoric by ignorant individuals on this state, we actually do quite well in alternative energy and newer environmental technologies....

So yeah, the Volt will do well here.


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Yes, but is Texas dense enough to warrant spending 35K on a car that seems to be designed (GM's protestations to the contrary notwithstanding) for urban travel?

Yes. The density in the metroplex or Houston rivals nearly anything in the US. Texas also has a much shorter average commute than cities such as New York or Chicago due to a general lower cost of living and more reasonable home prices, it is not necessary to live 60 miles away from Dallas to find a home the average person can afford. Short commutes are ideal for electric cars. Texans also have an aversion to public transportation, much preferring a private car.

Texas is, as GM has surmised, an excellent place to test the Volt. Since GM is playing with MY money now, I am glad they chose Texas and did not listen to people ignorant of the state.


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Yes, but is Texas dense enough to warrant spending 35K on a car that seems to be designed (GM's protestations to the contrary notwithstanding) for urban travel?

Dallas/Fort Worth - 9th and 17th Largest Cities in the United States - 4th Largest US Metro area in the country

Houston - 4th Largest City in the United States - 6th Largest US Metro area

Austin - 15th Largest City in the United States

San Antonio - 7th Largest City in the United States - 28th Largest Metro Area

El Paso - 22nd Largest City in the United States


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Dallas/Fort Worth - 9th and 17th Largest Cities in the United States - 4th Largest US Metro area in the country

Houston - 4th Largest City in the United States - 6th Largest US Metro area

Austin - 15th Largest City in the United States

San Antonio - 7th Largest City in the United States - 28th Largest Metro Area

El Paso - 22nd Largest City in the United States

Yes, I know Texas has cities. But are they dense? I've been to Austin and San Antonio and they didn't strike me as very dense. Certainly not like the cities on the eastern seaboard, which would be much more well suited for a vehicle like this.

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Yes, I know Texas has cities. But are they dense? I've been to Austin and San Antonio and they didn't strike me as very dense. Certainly not like the cities on the eastern seaboard, which would be much more well suited for a vehicle like this.

It's all relative no matter where you are to how far you live from your work...

It's dense. Some people commute, some don't.


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Yes, I know Texas has cities. But are they dense? I've been to Austin and San Antonio and they didn't strike me as very dense. Certainly not like the cities on the eastern seaboard, which would be much more well suited for a vehicle like this.

eastern seaboard folks that live close to work take public transpotation. Texans are not into that. The ones that l;ive farther from work cannot use an all electric car.

The Liberals in Austin that live 8 miles from work are perfect for the Volt.


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it might have some sales in austin and dfw area, but that's about it.


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Texans will drive it on the golf course most likely, or to get from their bathroom to the lounge.

For day to day they'd buy the car equivalent of a house on wheels that gets 6 miles to the gallon and has more gun racks than cupholders.

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Yes, but is Texas dense enough to warrant spending 35K on a car that seems to be designed (GM's protestations to the contrary notwithstanding) for urban travel?

Parts are - 'population dense' .

The cool thing about Texas - is that we have huge Wind Generator Electrical plant thingies in West Texas, coming into the power grid all over the state. So ya, there's a marked demographic for 'this' purchase - you betcha.


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