Comments: A Cadillac Volt? The Horror!

A Cadillac body on a volt frame. What could possibly go wrong? Can you say Oldsmobile/ Pontiac/Buick/Cimmeron? Oops, never mind.

Posted by emdfl at August 12, 2011 09:23 AM

I can actually see this working for the Caddy, provided they can stay away from some of the pitfalls of Hybrids.
1) Regular fuel, not Premium only. Just because rich people drink only the good stuff, doesn't mean their car has to also.
2) Keep the interior space and quality up to a regular Caddy. No going cheap plastic, people buy a Caddy because they want a Caddy.
3) Small battery pack, with a 100,000 mile warrantee, no ifs, ands or buts.
4) Something in the line of a small turbocharged engine, with heavy work on sound suppression. If you buy a Caddy, you don't want to hear that high-pitched whine like a tortured cat when you hit the gas.
5) Suspension, make it ride like a Caddy. Nuff said.

Posted by Georg Felis at August 12, 2011 03:13 PM

We need to take a lead from slot car racing. All electric cars get a pair of pick-up shoes that would get power from a pair of strips. To ensure the car stays on the strips, it would be outfitted by a tongue that would sit in a groove between the power strips. It would have the further advantage of making sure cars couldn't go a wandering onto sidewalks etc.

This way you don't have to worry about batteries and battery life.

Posted by Alan Kellogg at August 12, 2011 07:40 PM

Granted, I think electric motors in cars could be cool. The way they output could make for some really intriguing sports cars, as some of the examples in high end race cars(Such as the Porsche prototype track car, forgot what it was called, though in fairness it is also a gas/electric.). But until someone discovers something that has even remotely close to the same energy density of good ol' gasoline(Not likely soon...), or invents a cheap, micro-miniature, and efficient cold fusion reactor(Fat chance...) that doesn't get the anti-atomic bunch in a tizzy(Snowball's chance in you-know-where...), we're only going to have more of what is there now. Uber-high sticker priced microboxes that bring uber-scary maintenance costs, and are utterly useless to anyone who does even moderate daily driving, and even less if the temperature is above or below room temperature. And I won't even go into the fire hazards of a quarter ton or so of lithium under or behind you, on streets that have more and more people whose lack of attention and/or common sense should bar them from a tricycle, much less a motor vehicle. A lithium fire is impressive, even when it's source is a sub-ounce R/C aircraft battery. It's even more impressive how little it requires to initiate.

Posted by GVii at August 12, 2011 08:18 PM