Paul Lacy, an auto analyst with the consulting firm Global Insight, said he was surprised to hear that customers will need to be trained, since most buyers are going to expect that the car will be much like the traditional ones they've driven.
"It's almost a whole new world for the average consumer," he
said it's clear that GM
has many hurdles to clear before 2010, such as the environmental and logistical issues of charging the cars.He
said that to be successful, GM
would need to work on developing a public grid to handle it.
convinced the Volt
will arrive on time, though it could be minuscule in volume.
"The work they're doing is very impressive," he
said."They've put a great deal ... into making a viable, volume-capable product," he