TO THE EDITOR:
I enjoyed Richard Truett's "A deserving case to salvage GM's powertrain in Chevy Volt" (autonews.com, Nov. 27). I bought a Gen 1 2014 last year as a certified pre-owned car, and it's been the best, most interesting, reliable and efficient car I've ever owned.
I go months at a time pure electric, to the point that the car runs "engine maintenance mode." But I've taken it on several trips over 1,000 miles, and it's been flawless.
I was very disappointed in Mary Barra's announcement killing the Volt because it did not emphasize why, or what is coming in the future.
Clearly, Voltec is an interim technology. When electric cars can go 300 miles and charge in five minutes from chargers that are nearly everywhere, then yeah, Voltec's time will be past. But I think we are a long way away from that, at least 10 years, especially for a popularly priced vehicle.
The Volt was never advertised or properly explained. People have horrible misconceptions about it. Dealers were never educated on its advantages. Its powertrain was never expanded to other models beyond the Cadillac ELR, which was an overpriced disaster. Its competitors, the Honda Clarity and Toyota Prius Prime, aren't even a shadow as good ... 10 years later!
Why? My only answer is a lack of leadership. GM gave up all their green cred. Barra was there during this time, so I'm not feeling a lot of confidence for GM's future, given her track record.
DAVID DeLUCA, Wilmington, Del.