It looks like the much-overhyped Chevy Volt is going to sell at least 100 units, thanks to Government Motors’ buddies in the White House. President Obama has promised to purchase a hundred of the first new plug-in electric vehicles to roll off an American assembly line. That will probably be the Volt, which begins production in a few months.
Funny, the Government is going to purchase cars from Government Motors (which they own the lion’s share of). This, folks, is D.C. economics for you.
Of course, since they don’t have to actually show any profits, this is easy for them to accomplish. After all, if they can just come to you for more tax dollars, what’s the point in actually engaging in real business? That would be like asking Bonnie and Clyde to stop and sweep the floors before leaving the bank.
Now the question is whether Chevy and the Volt will, really, be the first plug-in electric car made in America. There are a lot of other companies that have been producing EVs here for a while now. They just don’t get headlines because, well, they don’t have huge amounts of bailout funds to spend on publicity. I’m thinking of Smith Electric, Balqon, and others that have recently been in headlines. There are other, smaller companies too.
At any rate, a lot of commentators at GM-Volt.com are pretty hacked about this delay in their getting their own pile of sh.. er.. piece of the Volt pie. I guess these actual customers aren’t happy to be upstaged by the ownership of Government Motors and the fun of the Volt Dancers has worn off.
Oh well. I don’t think it’ll take long for the Volt medallion to lose its luster. It lost it with me the day it was shown as a concept, actually. Now that Government Motors is owned primarily by the U.S. Gov and United Auto Workers, though, I have little interest in anything that says “GM” on it. Even if it’s hidden under the Chevrolet symbol.