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Thanks for the interesting review, Mr. Stabley,

I have driven a Chevy Volt for almost 2 years (about 30K miles). A couple of points I would hope you may consider:

1. I have not experienced any performance drop when the car goes into gasoline generator mode. Practically speaking, the generator is supplying energy to keep the electric motor running. The motor has not changed at all whether the power is from a battery or from the gasoline generator. I would be interested if you could quantify a difference. For example, put the car in sport mode and go 0-40 with and without the gasoline generator. I bet the numbers will be virtually the same.

2. What you may be experiencing a perception difference. First of all, the generator is NOT coupled with acceleration, so it may be reving when you do NOT expect it to which may give the perception that the car is laboring, when it is not. Also, the car is so quiet when the generator is off, that when it turns on, it seems way too loud. If you immediately drive in a conventional car after getting out of a Volt, as I often do, you may notice that a conventional car is about as loud a Volt with the generator on. 

3. The Chevy Volt touchscreen interface has BOTH menu driven and one button options. You do not actually have to use the "buttons" (which are actually touch sensitive areas) if you do not want to. I think people think that the cars interface should be like an iPad, but they do not fully consider how much mental distraction an iPad interface could be. After a few weeks, I have intuitively figured out the one touch buttons that I need, and I use the menu driven interface for the rest. I feel that this minimizes the distraction most of the time, while once in a while I do have to get through a couple of menus for more obscure options. When you are in a car for more than an hour a day, it is OK (IMO) to have a reasonable learning curve. 

4. I may be mistaken, but I thought the NY Times issue was with the TELSA, not a Fisker. Fisker has a range extender, like the Volt. 

1 year, 9 months ago on Chevy Volt 2013 review: electric car drives into new (and flawed) territory


A Tigers Haiku: || Section "One O Four" | Hunter throws ball in the stands | My daughter's ready! ||

2 years, 2 months ago on See Where You Can Meet Your Favorite Detroit Tigers Players (Plus A Giveaway!)


"He could easily replace Prince Fielder’s bat in the line-up."

Three questions:

1. What do you think Prince Fielder's stats would be in Cuba which is generally regarded as "high A ball" level if he played there for the last 8 years?

2. On paper Cespedes is about 1 year younger than Fielder. Do you believe that he really is?

3. Is there a chance that Cespedes will not live up to the hype?

3 years, 2 months ago on Céspedes and the Brew Crew


"Why the Tigers don’t need Sabathia:"

I can think of 3 reasons:

1. If you give him eleventy billion dollars, you cannot afford anyone else in the future.

2. Why not wait and give the same money to Felix when he is a free agent who will not be past his prime at the end of the contract?

3. Why not give the same money to an everyday player?

3 years, 5 months ago on Fun With Free Agents: Part 4 (C.C. Sabathia)


Perhaps Sizemore for a bag of left handed doorknobs?

3 years, 5 months ago on Tigers Potential Trade Target: Scott Sizemore


Let connect some dots.

1. Get Red Sox to trade Crawford to Tigers for Delmon. Better fits for both teams.

2. Make Red Sox pay enough of the Crawford contract to reduce the Tigers burden to about $13M/year.

3. That move would be just enough for the Red Sox to afford Fielder to replace Big Papi. Everyone is happy.

3 years, 6 months ago on Fun With Free Agents: Part 1


Detroit is desperate for 3rd base upgrade. Youk for Tigers top prospect (anything other than Jacob Turner would work for Tigers) and their current 3rd baseman (Brandon Inge) to be used as a defensive fill in?

3 years, 6 months ago on Offseason Changes: Trade Kevin Youkilis?


@ChrisHannum@MCBjohnverburg Hard to classify the type of organization the Red Sox are right now as they do not have any organization... The new GM will want to quickly clean things up and put his stamp on the team.

If not Crawford, then Youkilis could be a secondary option at 3rd base.

Crawford is overpaid at $20M. However, is he at $16M?

Crawford skill set could not be a better fit for Comerica (small ball, high OBP, high steals, huge range, not very strong arm is OK for a left fielder).

If the Red Sox pay $5m/ or if Illitich does not care, the swap of Crawford for Young is a win/win for both teams.

3 years, 6 months ago on To Trade Or Not To Trade?


@MCBjohnverburg The key here is to take advantage of the Red Sox turmoil with their GM leaving and their owner looking to turn the page. Keep in mind that the Red Sox owner originally blocked the deal last offseason, but was convinced in the end.

Making this trade for the Red Sox... coupled with getting Fielder (or other big name), points the blame on outgoing GM, Theo Epstein.

From a political standpoint, the new GM would simply be cleaning up a mess of a contract and still landing a legit #3 hitter while clearing enough dollars to get a big free agent who would be a better fit. While there is not salary cap, there is a luxury tax that the Red Sox would like to avoid.(~$170M?)

From their standpoint, they could essentially trade Crawford ($20M/year) and Big Papi ($12M) for Fielder ($24M?) and Young ($8M?). Without getting rid of Crawford's contract, I am not sure they can afford Fielder.

Ellsbury is now giving them exactly what they were hoping for in Crawford. Do they really need two of those guys?

DD is very savvy. This is the type of "out of nowhere" move he could make.. especially if Illitch tells him to not worry about getting $s back from the Red Sox.

3 years, 6 months ago on To Trade Or Not To Trade?


Trade Delmon Young for Carl Crawford. Red Sox would likely make that deal straight up right now. You might even be able to get about $5-7M/year from the Red Sox.

The Red Sox owner has declared that the Crawford deal to be a mistake. Wonder how Crawford feels about that statement given his fragile psyche?

The Red Sox would be motivated as getting Crawford mostly off the books for the Red Sox means that they can go after a big free agent this year. For example, they can give Fielder the money he wants... to replace Big Papi at DH long term.

Delmon is a better fit for the small LF in Fenway. Crawford would use his skills better in the huge LF of Comerica.

Crawford's skills have been eclipsed by Ellsbury. At this point, they need big RBI producers, not small ball guys.

Right handed Delmon could reasonably go .290/30/115 in Fenway protected by lefty handed AGON and not be too much of a liability in the field.

Crawford would be a perfect fit in LF for the Tigers. Also, the media pressure would be a degree less, which should help make him a top offensive catalyst again.

3 years, 6 months ago on To Trade Or Not To Trade?


I did the math... we are looking at about 79% chance (based on your estimates) that at least one of them comes through and over-performs. But Verlander could under-perform or get hurt (knock on wood). I figure there is a 1/4 chance of that. So the chance that another pitcher steps up and Verlander holds the fort is 59%... not as great odds as it seems on the surface.

3 years, 7 months ago on The Odds that Someone, Anyone, Will Step Up for the Rotation


What makes logical sense to me is that the Rockies asked for Turner and Porcello and the Tigers countered with "pick one" not both. Perhaps the Rockies have their choice of the two (plus Oliver, Below or someone else). Same rules apply to Tampa.

Will be very interesting if Turner pitches today... that would signal an "audition" (to help Rockies or Rays choose). If not, to me it signals that Below or Porcello are the ones to be moved.

3 years, 8 months ago on Tigers to Recall Jacob Turner