In an interview in the September 20 issue of the New York Times in David Pogue's column here are a few exherpts to give you some of his latest takes on the Volt.
Do you really believe in it?
Yeah, I firmly believe it. A lot of us see it as the most interesting and most fascinating technical challenge of our whole careers. I mean, this car means more to me than anything else I’ve had anything to do with in the 42 years that I’ve been in the business. I think this is because it’s transformational.
Well, the problem is nobody has done a lithium ion battery pack this big. But our battery suppliers say, “Hey. Stop saying that. We’re telling you the battery’s going to be OK.” We get the first experimental packs from our two developmental suppliers in October. And then we can start bench testing.
My personal target still is to bring this car into the market at, you know, nicely below $30,000.
Biofuel and hydrogen and electric—what do you see?
Electric is going to play a big role. A lot of the answer to your question depends on how good a job do we do commercializing the Volt. Will it live up to its promise of 40 plus mile electric range? Will the battery last ten years? Can we bring it in at a price that most people could afford? If the answer is yes to all that, then I think the future for electrics is absolutely unlimited.
The corporate view is, we think ethanol is best, and we think that is going to grow. Perhaps not as fast as we would like it to.
There’s certainly a place for diesels, for certain applications. But it’s not a cheap and easy solution.
Fuel cells probably will play some role, although that is somewhat dependent on how fast the fuel-cell refueling infrastructure gets propagated.
Thanks to Tyler of Clean Break for the tip. I don't know why my RSS subscription didn't send me this earlier, but better late than never.