Short circuit: Chevy Volt to halt production for five weeks, 1,300 workers to be laid off

posted at 4:15 pm on March 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

B-b-but … California just gave it special car-pool privileges.

See now why I thought O was too optimistic when he said he’ll be buying a Volt in five years?

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23…

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

That euphemism about “aligning production with demand” is the automotive equivalent of Ian Faith talking about Spinal Tap’s appeal becoming more “selective.” The good news: Volt sales actually picked up between January and February this year. The bad news: The monthly numbers climbed from just 603 units to 1,023. To put that in perspective, GM had initially hoped to sell 45,000 Volts in the U.S. in 2012 before backing way, way off that target last month. According to the Detroit News, current stock exceeds 3,500 units, which at their usual sales rates should be enough to get them through through the spring without needing to build a single new unit. Hence the layoffs.

I went over to Green Car Reports to see what they have on this. Nothing yet — but here’s one car buyer’s defense of why he chose a Prius Plug-in instead of a Volt. The Prius retails for $32,760 while the Volt will run you a cool $39,995, but that’s before tax credits. Thanks to Uncle Sam, you get a $7,500 break on the Volt but just $2,500 on the Prius, which still isn’t enough to create a price advantage for Chevy but at least gets them to near parity. Good ol’ government.


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Obama has the ant-Midas touch.

Every company or product he endorses ends up broke.

DrW on March 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Obama has the ka-ka touch.

HumpBot Salvation on March 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I wish we could see photos of the buyers…. It has to be funny

MrMoe on March 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Obama: the anti-Midas…

affenhauer on March 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

In related news, the White House plans to announce tomorrow a new investment in green energy with a subsidy for GE to further upgrade it’s fleet vehicles.

BKeyser on March 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM

“[W]e are still seeking to align our production with demand.”

LOL.

What’s next? Plant closings for further “alignment”. Funny, people don’t want to drive untested technology that blows up.

How could Obama and Co. have been so far off on this one?

Axeman on March 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

How could Obama and Co. have been so far off on this one?

Axeman on March 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

your nom de net is half way there

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I wish we could see photos of the buyers…. It has to be funny

MrMoe on March 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

When the US or Israeli attacks Iran and oil prices top $160 a barrel, you geniuses will be shocked- just shocked to realize that buyers are bidding up the Volts left in dealer inventory.

How could Obama and Co. have been so far off on this one?

Axeman on March 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Yes, saving the US auto manufacturing and the viability of the American manufacturing base sure was a failure.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Yes, saving the US auto manufacturing and the viability of the American manufacturing base sure was a failure.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

don’t get out much?

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama has the ant-Midas touch.

Every company or product he endorses ends up broke.

DrW on March 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Obama has the ka-ka touch.

HumpBot Salvation on March 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

A talk-show host in the Detroit area that I used to listen to called it the “Shitus Touch” in describing Westmoreland.

Axeman on March 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The dealerships stopped overbuying for the show floor, eh?

andycanuck on March 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Another victurree for real america! This must make up from all the “sad” stuff this week.

Rejoice!

KeninCT on March 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

“…we are still seeking to align our production with demand”, Uh, so I take it that they are going to cease production completely – right? The only way to meet ZERO demand is to produce ZERO vehicles.

Pork-Chop on March 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

To bad the lay off won’t be closer to November. Although I bet the workers get paid anyway.

Cindy Munford on March 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

“…we are still seeking to align our production with demand”, Uh, so I take it that they are going to cease production completely – right? The only way to meet ZERO demand is to produce ZERO vehicles.

Pork-Chop on March 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

no. zero will have gm give them away because ge produces the charging stations.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Another victurree for real america! This must make up from all the “sad” stuff this week.

Rejoice!

KeninCT on March 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I’ve always wondered ken, what actually gets “produced” in CT

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Unlike most lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists, I pay taxes – so I have already paid for my Government Motors Volt. Please have ceo hussein ship it directly to my home ASAP. If I have to be taken down the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists’ “Road to Hell”, at least I want go down it in one of their expensive, eco-nut cars, and not my own.

TeaPartyNation on March 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

$33 billion in the crapper.

lorien1973 on March 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

does electricboat even still exist?

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Dump them at fire sale pricing.

Ward Cleaver on March 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Yes, saving the US auto manufacturing and the viability of the American manufacturing base sure was a failure.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

subsidizing the union at the taxpayers expense certainly is a failure. if it cant stand on its own merits
scrap it.. that goes for all the loser green programs set up under false pretense. sorry if i hit a nerve
you bought one?

MrMoe on March 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

BWWWAAAAAAAhahahahahaha…this is hilarious.

Dear Detroit But*licking union putzes — GFY, all of you.

And as you hit the bricks for the next five weeks, remember — most of the Volts you sold in 2011 were to millionaire douchebags who bought one establish their enviro-twit cred with their buddies at the NRDC, and they are never going to buy another one.

Now you are left trying to sell a self-immolating miniature electric car priced like a BMW sedan, and marketed to people who want to save money on gas, while electricity prices skyrocket. Good luck with that.

Jaibones on March 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Good luck with that. — Signed, Andrew Breitbart

Jaibones on March 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Obama: the anti-Midas…

affenhauer on March 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

He’s the merde Midas.

MJBrutus on March 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Maybe Barry can give one Volt away for each vote in the next election. Matter of fact, GM can change the name to VOTE. If Barry win’s, won’t be long before we’re all MANDATED to buy one anyway.

GarandFan on March 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Dump them at fire sale pricing.

Ward Cleaver on March 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

clever cleaver

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I’m SURE that the Volt (UAW) was built much better than the Toyota Prius to justify the higher price. (laughing)

search4truth on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

It’s got a great heater

Jaibones on March 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Sometimes I just can’t believe that I wake up every day in America. Dude, where’s my country? This clowncar has to go. And what’s sick is that the Jackass Administration and his Mainstream Socialist Propaganda flunkies will never speak of this publicly.

Philly on March 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I’ve always wondered ken, what actually gets “produced” in CT

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Guns …and insurance contracts. But the guns is the odder and more interesting one.

Daikokuco on March 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Guns …and insurance contracts. But the guns is the odder and more interesting one.

Daikokuco on March 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I think only Marlin is left

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Demand is zero, production is zero. Sounds like the big brains at Government Motors have nailed it.

Hening on March 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

But, but, but …..
Unemployment helps the economy !!

pambi on March 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Just thought of this … Just how many Volts have been recalled ??
That should be deducted from the sales figures, no ??

pambi on March 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Demand is zero, production is zero. Sounds like the big brains at Government Motors have nailed it.

Hening on March 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM
———-

“In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000″

Yes, Sir Dumbass, selling 7,671 cars means “Demand is zero, production is zero.”

Dave Rywall on March 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

When the US or Israeli attacks Iran and oil prices top $160 a barrel, you geniuses will be shocked- just shocked to realize that buyers are bidding up the Volts left in dealer inventory.

Good luck recharging your Volt after the EPA closes down all the coal fired power plants and you only have electric power for 3 1/2 hours a day, then you’ll have to run your Volt on $11 gas.

Wallythedog on March 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

“In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000″

Yes, Sir Dumbass, selling 7,671 cars means “Demand is zero, production is zero.”

Dave Rywall on March 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Hey dumbass, take away the incentives and see where that leaves you. That car dies.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

if you had a photo of the excess inventory you would think its already dead.

MrMoe on March 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

BOGO?

Bobber1 on March 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

F 150s did pretty well.

Almost as well as the Volt.

15,461 units. In a Month!

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Good luck recharging your Volt after the EPA closes down all the coal fired power plants and you only have electric power for 3 1/2 hours a day, then you’ll have to run your Volt on $11 gas.

Wallythedog on March 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

If you take out that anchor of a battery, you’d have a car that is very good on gasoline, kind of like a very expensive Cruze.

slickwillie2001 on March 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

F 150s did pretty well.

Almost as well as the Volt.

15,461 units. In a Month!

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

The 12 volt fish finder batteries in the console provide a ton of extra torque.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Motor Trend magazine’s Car Of The Year. Right. GM is producing it because Obama is making them do it, not because it makes money.

waelse1 on March 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Motor Trend magazine’s Car Of The Year. Right. GM is producing it because Obama is making them do it, not because it makes money.

waelse1 on March 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Is the logic behind “Car of the Year” like Time magazine’s Man of the Year, ie not necessarily good, just leading the news?

slickwillie2001 on March 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The 12 volt fish finder batteries in the console provide a ton of extra torque.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

V6 Ecoboost, baby.

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

V6 Ecoboost, baby.

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

8.3 liter suburban 12000lb towing, 1500 tongue weight. (without the battery backup) 2500 frame.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

but damn, I need a volt.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Unfortunately, my last chevy

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Well, obviously no one wants people to get laid off or lose their jobs, but this is what happens when government interferes with business. They practically forced GM into building something like this and so few people wanted (or could afford) a $40k car that didn’t get that great gas mileage to begin with and whose batteries tended to catch fire, now it’s being tabled. What a surprise. Let’s give them more money!

scalleywag on March 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I want a Volt for the farm.

In case I need to start a fire for that big pile of brush in the meadow.

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I’ll start mine with pond scum

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Unfortunately, my last chevy

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I highly recommend you do it. Great time to buy my friend. Myself, I was a Chevy guy too. GMC my Dad let us all drive. Then a S10. And last was a Colorado. Nice rides. Crew Cabs were great. But it was a car with a bed compared to what the Fords can pull. And the quality was for crap with window seals and headlamps with moisture in them all the time. My wives Ranger can pull twice what my Colorado could pull. Go look at the Fords.

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Next one needs a fifth wheel, extended cab, and be a diesel. But I’m gonna milk my suburban for every mile she’s got.

I’ll still look at Ford.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

And the quality was for crap with window seals and headlamps with moisture in them all the time

Yeah, we’ve had that issue too.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

I’ll start mine with pond scum

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Funny guy.

(How am I commenting too fast?)

If this ever makes it through Wry, I understand the need to get everything you can out of what you’re driving now. I was a throw-down Chevy guy myself at one time. Mostly tongue in cheek brand BS with the friends.

But I do believe the two Fords we got are better trucks than what we had before.

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

But I do believe the two Fords we got are better trucks than what we had before.

hawkdriver on March 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Don’t doubt it Hawk. Ford is where I’ll go. Dual, in 4 yrs or so. (if I am sill allowed)

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Do they still get 90% of regular pay, as in the old days, while laid off.
Those are the kind of work rules that caused GM to bleed to death over the last 30 years..
Just asking.

esblowfeld on March 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Its a sad day when the commies take over an american Icon, and along with the Union destroy it,
Toyota is more of an American car now than GM

MrMoe on March 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

This week has been real tough with the passing of Davy Jones and Andrew Brietbart but this ends it on a happy note at least

sadsushi on March 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

If only they could get them to run on birth control pills!

With condom tires.

profitsbeard on March 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Hear the Chinese tell you what the VOLT really is!!!

(Click the speaker below the ‘traditional Chinese’ translation)

landlines on March 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I’ve been a Ford guy, and a Chevy/GMC guy in my life. I was always afraid of Mopars because at highway speeds they had that front end shimmy. I’m done with anything UAW now, and this is why:

My money -> GM/Ford/Xler -> worker’s salaries ->UAW union dues ->Obama

Supporting a UAW company is like cutting a check to little Bammie’s reelection fund.

slickwillie2001 on March 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

When the US or Israeli attacks Iran and oil prices top $160 a barrel, you geniuses will be shocked- just shocked to realize that buyers are bidding up the Volts left in dealer inventory.

The coveting “I need a car that’s roomy and spontaneously combusts” demographic?

Chuck Schick on March 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

scrap it.. that goes for all the loser green programs set up under false pretense. sorry if i hit a nerve
you bought one?

MrMoe on March 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

If gas prices double in the wake of an attack on Iran, I’d rather pay $350 a month to lease a Volt than pay $500 in gas every month.

Guess what- first generation technologies are rarely perfect. The Honda Insight was a disaster at launch and remains an inferior product today.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

If gas prices double in the wake of an attack on Iran, I’d rather pay $350 a month to lease a Volt than pay $500 in gas every month.

Guess what- first generation technologies are rarely perfect. The Honda Insight was a disaster at launch and remains an inferior product today.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

you:

a) convenietly forget costs due at signing
b) forget the term of your lease
c) ignore the cost of charging it (which will also be going up in short order)

As far as the honda insight, it’s been around for quite a while. Longer than the volt will be. Why should the volt get better

Also, even at 10 per gallon, 500 buys you 50 gallons, or approv 1750 miles in an elantra. You really drive that much?

economics we much?

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

When the US or Israeli attacks Iran and oil prices top $160 a barrel, you geniuses will be shocked- just shocked to realize that buyers are bidding up the Volts left in dealer inventory.

Good luck recharging your Volt after the EPA closes down all the coal fired power plants and you only have electric power for 3 1/2 hours a day, then you’ll have to run your Volt on $11 gas.

Wallythedog on March 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I’d rather buy electricity from a natural gas powered plant. When China and the rest of Asia resume hyper growth, coal prices will once again peak. Natural gas is the only ticket to cheap, virtually unlimited US power.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Also, even at 10 per gallon, 500 buys you 50 gallons, or approv 1750 miles in an elantra. You really drive that much?

Many commuters drive 45 miles each way to and from their office. It’s not that difficult to do the math when compared to an average of 30 miles per gallon.

But way to advocate South Korean cars… nothing better than turning this country into the vassal of yet another Asian manufacturing power.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Government subsidies for the Chevy Volt may go as high as $250,000.00 per car.

For that kind of money the government could instead buy each owner two Maserati Granturismos.

I wonder which has better engineering and uses better materials.

Chevy Volt / Maserati Granturismo. hmmmm…

jaime on March 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Many commuters drive 45 miles each way to and from their office. It’s not that difficult to do the math when compared to an average of 30 miles per gallon.

But way to advocate South Korean cars… nothing better than turning this country into the vassal of yet another Asian manufacturing power.

bayam on March 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Beats giving money to Egypt, F-16s to Turkey, and Oil to North Korea.

I’ll bet less than 1% of the population drives 90 miles a day to/from work. But that would be 3 gallons, so say 30$ by 20 days would be 600.00. Again, extremely few fall into this. Your Volt would stop half-way. Did you factor in the repeated tow jobs?

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/censusandstatistics/a/commutetimes.htm

Wow. who knew they upped the speed limits so much Bayam?

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM

They should just rename it the Shaggin Wagon so they can move some of their inventory. Give a free one to all the horny college tramps out there humping like over-sexed jack-rabbits. Solves two problems at once – moves the Marxist’s dead inventory, and gives the poor college tramps somewhere to do the nasty with multiple casual strangers without paying a price.

Ogabe on March 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Just taking the opportunity to say it here: I will never, never, never, never, never buy a GM car.

BJ* on March 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Really OK, just mandate it. The electric burns are covered under O-care.

AshleyTKing on March 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

The LA Times was spot on back in June of 2011

Demand for Volt leads to extreme dealer markups

Los Angeles Times
In Print: Saturday, June 4, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Car sales may be in a slump, but the hybrid-electric Chevrolet Volts are hot, and that’s leading to shortages — and in some cases extreme dealer markups.

malkinmania on March 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Watchu say willis? Align our what with what? Ne’r dun it bfore, why now?

Fuquay Steve on March 3, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Even their lead salesman (Obama) couldn’t sell the Chevy Dolt.

kregg on March 3, 2012 at 7:29 AM

GM had initially hoped to sell 45,000 Volts in the U.S. in 2012 before backing way, way off that target last month. According to the Detroit News, current stock exceeds 3,500 units, which at their usual sales rates should be enough to get them through through the spring

Most Volt sales have been artificial purchases made by the Federal government…not sustainable, there’s NO public demand for this car.

EasyEight on March 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

5 WEEKS! Yikes, 3 people are going to have to wait for a child’s bloated driveway car to be made.

Wade on March 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

What’s sad is that Chevy blames the media for the poor sales, according to a story posted on Drudge. Seems some reports of the car suddenly immolating have leaked to the rabble. Tsk.

Philly on March 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

…in other words, SCRAP THE PROJECT. Nobody wants electric cars! And repay the tax payers in full.

TX-96 on March 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This story is what we should be talking about, not whether Rush should apologize for using the word “slut” to describe people who think someone else should pay for their birth control.

MidniteRambler on March 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I can’t even express how hard I guffawed when I heard this on the radio.

Everything that Obama touches turns to pure-dee sh!t.
There is no better name for him than, Obamugabe.

esnap on March 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The Edsel is to Volt what _________ is to Obama.

A. Nicoderm
B. A second term
C. Carter
D. A fire extinguisher

Answer: C

SAT question of the future.

p40tiger on March 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I don’t know what you guys are complaining about – I’m rooting for a second Obama term. All you have to do is short whatever companies Obama is touting the most and watch your position appreciate.

Over50 on March 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Mr. Tom Hanks best expresses my sentiment about this here.

That’s all I have to say about that.

AttaBoyLuther on March 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

VOLT…… Manufactured under the guise that hum, NO ONE ELSE was working on the very same technology without the US President confiscating taxpayer funds to do so. GM… shameful UNION workers participating in the largest government mandated shakedown recorded in history.

GM is also working on a NEW and improved version that will make the left giddy with anticipation: The Push-Peddle version… environmentally friendly and just think how fit you will be.. Michelle Obama gives it 6 thumbs up!.

ActinUpinTexas on March 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM

They’re cutting back to keep up with demand, as it were.

LizardLips on March 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

1,300 workers to be laid off…

…but will have no impact whatsoever on the ever-decreasing unemployment rate under our Dear Leader.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Besides, unemployment HELPS the ecomony, don’tcha know ?
Bizarro world !!

pambi on March 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM

With the sale of the Volts around six hundred something and all the hype on the net and tube the intelligence of America is holding firm. Same with the windmills where predicted piles of birds did not appear beneath the blades. Solar is good in some very limited areas but not as predicted by the dreamers. There are also solar cars too but give me a break, please. Novelties yes, practical no. A true waste of manpower and money.

mixplix on March 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I can’t even express how hard I guffawed when I heard this on the radio.

Everything that Obama touches turns to pure-dee sh!t.

Yes, such as GM’s 7 billion in annual profits. A terrible outcome for US taxpayers. Just terrible.

bayam on March 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

GM is also working on a NEW and improved version that will make the left giddy with anticipation

Some of you people have a child-like understanding of new technology. First generation products are often far from perfect, including Honda’s foray into higher efficiency cars, the Insight. Most of the problems found in the first Volt are correctable- it will take more time to see if the Volt will succeed commercially.

bayam on March 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Maybe instead of taxing the rich more, Obummer can mandate that they all buy Volts.

Marmo on March 3, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Some of you people have a child-like understanding of new technology. First generation products are often far from perfect, including Honda’s foray into higher efficiency cars, the Insight. Most of the problems found in the first Volt are correctable- it will take more time to see if the Volt will succeed commercially.

bayam on March 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I’d hardly call the Volt “first-generation” electric car technology. That would have been the Baker Electric, back before World War One.

If you count up all the electric vehicle projects since then, they make a fairly long line. And each one runs up against the same problems. Namely, lack of endurance and lack of performance, plus high initial costs and life-cycle costs, compounded by comparatively short operational lifespans. And this doesn’t even take the Tesla’s “bricking” problem into consideration.

(That, BTW, is something which, like the Volt’s incendiary propensities, should have been caught in proving-ground testing, but wasn’t. Mainly due to the rush to get “green” vehicles into the showrooms.)

The electric car is a concept that has repeatedly failed in the marketplace. The reason is that it cannot compete on practical grounds with other types of propulsion except in restricted circumstances. (Think; golf carts and airport luggage trolleys.) The only reason it has gotten as far as it has this time around is a combination of government subsidies and “green” propaganda, both of which have tended to (deliberately) obscure the fundamental limitations of the concept.

Also keep in mind that an electric car is no more emission-free than one with an internal combustion engine, unless the electricity used to charge its batteries comes from a zero-emission source. Since we aren’t building nuclear plants, and are tearing down hydroelectric dams, electric cars are at best a way for those who drive them to pretend to be “green” while ignoring the facts. (Which most of them probably never bothered to find out, anyway.)

Drive an electric car if it pleases you. But don’t pretend it is going to replace internal combustion any time soon. Or that you are somehow being morally superior in driving it.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

“It’s the car America had to make.”

Dave in San Diego on March 4, 2012 at 12:27 AM

How could Obama and Co. have been so far off on this one?

Axeman on March 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

So far off on this one???

Im sorry, where have you been for the last 3 years? Moon Base Newt?

MooCowBang on March 4, 2012 at 1:28 AM

This is where Warren Buffet steps in to buy a few thousand Volts, right? Uh….right????

Sherman1864 on March 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM

I wish we could see photos of the buyers…. It has to be funny

MrMoe on March 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

ROFL

DevilsPrinciple on March 4, 2012 at 5:01 AM

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