The Chevrolet Volt, built completely at taxpayer expense, at General Motors, won’t go on sale until November 2010 (to coincide with the mid-term elections). Perhaps they hope that if progressives win, they’ll celebrate by paying $41,000.00 for a car that has been termed as an ELECTRIC LEMON. The whole Electric Lemon tag may be a bit unfair because progressives have been looking forward to the Volt as their poster child. It’s an example of what government can do when it nationalizes the auto industry. (isn’t socialism grand?)
CLICK HERE for the Bloomberg Businessweek report on the Volt.
CLICK HERE for the New York Times report on “GM’s Electric Lemon”.
Please don’t read the fine print…
Developing the Volt cost the US Taxpayers $50 billion (source NY Times in the article above).
I choose to take a kinder approach to the Volt. After all, it’s brought to you courtesy of the same people that now control your healthcare insurance and promised to reduce the expense of healthcare nationwide!
PS — I wondered how long it would take to charge the batteries to drive you the promised 40 miles. Check out this article (CLICK HERE) IF you buy an expensive 240 volt charging station, you can charge the battery in 4 hours. If you simply run it off 110v house current, it takes about twice as long.
DID YOU GET THAT? After driving a dazzling 40 miles, I have to wait 8 hours to drive it again on a full charge??? $50 billion dollars for that sort of ground breaking technology…
Volt rhymes with Dolt.
I am sure we can come up with some good limericks by November.
Opus #6 — the Volt seems to be the Great Green Hope of progressives who are willing to spend YOUR money producing a car nobody will want to buy.
Volt rhymes with Dolt. Circumstance? I think not.
40 F***ing miles? $41.000? We could really use the Libs help in running some more of this country's economy … Oh, we are getting their help. So, everything is OK then, right?
Odie, I don't think you're grasping it the way a liberal would.
You plug in your car, draining power from the grid produced by burning coal — then you can drive 40 miles but you might be able to plug it in when you get to your destination! And though it's not really "green", you can feel good about the contribution you made to the planet. The oceans won't dry up and whales will continue to live free.
It's not just about the $41K you had to pay. It's also about the $50 billion that the taxpayer paid. The cars that roll off the assembly line have more than $1 million of our money (each) sunk into them, so $41K is a BARGAIN!
In honor of the taxpayers having to pay out $50 billion, we should each get a free car…though it is a lemon so really we are just getting screwed up the butt in the end no matter what. Ugh.
Amanda – I received an e-mail yesterday urging me to reserve my new Chevrolet Volt. GM (claims) says they will blow out the door as people clamor to buy them.
(not if they read anything that has been written about them)
You can buy the Volt without the battery for $17K – same car, no 40 minutes of raw electric power – or spend $23,000 more for the 40 minutes of electric current (for each charge).
If we hadn't paid $50 billion for it, I would call it a joke. However $50 billion is no joke. Thanks obama!
$50 Billion. No matter how you say it, it's $50 Billion.
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