Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chevy Volt Proves: Our Customers are Insufferable Idiots, Too!

If you weren't TOOOOOTTTALLLLY ready to bludgeon this annoying woman to death with a heavy blunt object by the end of this ad, well, let's just say you are a much better person than I am.

And I don't even want an explanation of that little gesture she makes in attempting to explain her forty mile daily commute to and from work.  I'm not even sure why it requires a gesture.  Seems like a pretty basic concept to me- you drive your car forty miles a day on average.  I get it, lady.

And considering that these things cost considerably more than cars that use gasoline, I don't buy the "I'm going to Hawaii on the money I save" bit.  Actually, it takes YEARS of gas savings to make up for the extra money you spent on cars like the Volt.   But at least she doesn't pull that "I go to the gas station so rarely, I sometimes forget how to put gas in the car" line we hear in another commercial for the same car- a line that is only believable if putting gasoline in the Chevy Volt is a extremely complicated procedure.

Look, I think that electric cars are awesome, and I pray that they are the wave of the future (actually, I pray that light rail and national bullet trains are the wave of the future, but I'm willing to see this as a step in the right direction.)  I have to wonder why Chevy feels the need to prove to us that owners of their Volts are just as obnoxious, self-congratulatory, stupid-bubbly and smug as owners of Earth-wrecking SUVs and Big Manly Trucks.   I, for one, never doubted it.


  1. I've always been bigger on hydrogen-powered cars. The only problem with them is that creating the hydrogen isn't currently cost-effective. It costs more to make than you get out of it.

    The problem I have with electric cars is that electricity is a generated power, not a power source in and of itself. It takes fossil fuel plants to create the electricity. Certainly, if we find a power source that can take its place, then the electric cars can run on that, but while we focus on the electric cars, attention is, at the same time, being diverted from the sources of the electricity. People are told "It's electric, therefore it's green." but the other details are left out and ignored.

    1. That's an excellent point about how the electricity that powers the cars is generated, and another point to consider is how much is the electricity costing you per mile vs. gasoline. Maybe the math has been done by someone else and it's a clear savings, I don't know, but I'm sure that's not something many people stop to consider.