28 June 2011
By Allan Yogasingam, EE Times, EE Life Blog
I had a chance to read EETime's writer Mark LaPedus' comments on the Chevrolet Volt the other day (Missing gaffes: the Volt is a dolt) and can't help but feel that Mr. LaPedus is a bit misguided in his frank criticism of GM's Hail Mary project.
Firstly, I'm never one to criticize something before it is introduced to the market. The world is littered with critics who have cited facts and analysis that a product was doomed to failure only to have the general public make them look like fools by telling them otherwise. Who could forget Herbert Hoover telling Herbert Ives that the concept of 'television' would never take off in Americaor a recent favorite of mine, a writer at the Register claiming the iPhone to be an unmitigated failure (Why the Apple phone will fail, and fail badly) equating it to the Pippin? I've always been of the "wait-and-see" approach to all things and I just can't see how one can call the Volt a failure yet when the first car hasn't come off the assembly line.