Skip to comments.Military Buying Chevy Volts as Glitches Surface
Posted on 08/06/2012 2:12:44 PM PDT by jazusamo
It seems that the supply of taxpayer money available to support the Chevy Volt is never ending. Add the Department of Defense to the list of agencies tapping into the seemingly endless taxpayer funds to purchase Volts, as reported by Stripes.com. The US Military is buying Volts just as a recent poll at GM-Volt.com reveals that over 12% of Volt owners have had electrical problems with the vehicle.
A Marine Corps (pronounced "kawr", not "kawrps") Air Station in Miramar California received a couple of the Volts last month. Chris Manis, deputy director of installations and logistics, spoke of the Marines' green mission when he stated, "Our goal is to reduce our needs of fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions," adding, "We can cut back and still execute the missions we need to complete." And all this time I thought the military's role was to protect the country.
Miramar has also installed four charging stations and solar panels to power them. I don't know exactly what Mr. Manis speaks of when he talks of cutting back, but he can't mean cutting back on the spending of taxpayer money. There is no way that taxpayers come out ahead by purchasing $40,000 Volts, charging stations and solar panels when vehicles that cost half as much as the Volt can do the job without the chargers and solar panels.
This is just the latest green folly for our military, which has recently been criticized for a costly venture into biofuel use. Taxpayers have paid $59 a gallon for biofuel as logic seems to be trumped by ideology and cronyism. I would argue that it is unwise to have our national security be dependent upon new technologies that are unproven, particularly at such a huge cost to taxpayers.
As our military joins the Obama Administrations' "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" spendthrift approach to the attempt of electrifying America's auto fleet, reports have surfaced of electrical glitches with the Chevy Volt. 12.3% of owners polled have reported that their Volt refused to start and a writer at gearlive.com claims he was almost killed as a result of his Volt dying on the road. The poll was done by the very pro-Volt group at GM-Volt.com. The vast majority of participants at the site seem very satisfied with their cars and it wouldn't surprise me if the above linked poll is removed as word gets out of the Volt problems. While most Volt owners seem to accept the glitches as part of their noble quest to be early adopters of plug-in technology, the question is whether our military should be buying costly vehicles that have a 12% rate of failure. The Chevy Volt has not been on the road long enough to predict the ultimate costs and reliability of the vehicles.
It doesn't seem like there will be any backing down from the Chevy Volt hype and less chance that there will be a reduction in the spending on wasteful green initiatives of the Obama Administration. Despite the governmental help, only 1,849 Volts were sold in July. This number falls far short of goals, but that doesn't prevent proponents from touting the low sales as a success as other plug-in vehicles are selling in even more dismal numbers. Perhaps it is time for proponents of the Volt to consider that the sales numbers for plug-in electric vehicles reflect a failure of the segment as opposed to a success for the Volt. And congress should consider whether converting our troops to plug-in vehicles, solar panels, wind mills and biofuels is benefiting our country's security or only benefiting a green agenda that seems to enrich cronies.
Mark Modica is an NLPC Associate Fellow.
Instead of buying $40,000 Volts they could buy the same car in the gas powered Chevy Cruze for less than half that price. Then they'd need not spend any more money out of the budget putting in charging stations.
This green thing has got to go before it breaks the country.
This was predicted here and by EVERYONE.
Government Motors will be the only approved government supplier. Obama must be french and wants only ONE car company for the USA. no competition.
Let the military use them for target practice. A Volt might even run better after a Hellfire missile lights it up.
Can we have obozo drive it?
Pray for America
Next thing you know, they’ll be ordering fully armored Chevy Volts, with a travel range of a quarter mile before recharging.
Then they can build portable charging stations, powered by biodiesel fuel at $50 a gallon.
I can see it now. Before going into battle in their Chevy Volts, they will send forward a line of biodiesel charging stations, one every 1/8 of a mile just to be on the safe side.
Or . . . Maybe portable windmill charging stations. . . .
I’m sure that GM has competent engineers. The problem is that there are only two of them...to support the 10,000 MBAs, and 20,000 Obamadork incompetents that suck the t*t.
GM - when you absolutely, positively don’t give a smelly Obama about quality.
OnStar can pilot the Volt up to almost 45 mph!!!!!!! And bursting into flames is a standard feature on all base models.
Actually, I now find that Amazon already sells “armor cover” for their customers’ precious Chevy Volts, but it doesn’t seem to be the military sort of armor.
Maybe they’re going to drop them out of airplanes as a cheaper alternative to bombs. /s
Give ‘em to the cooks to heat up chow.
This will be a great staff car for the generals and admirals. They’ll run out of power and the admirals and generals will miss their meetings. Think of how productivity will soar with all these dipstick flag officers stuck by the side of the road!
That is a pleasant thought, if only it would happen.
Buy blue ones, and use them as heated porta-potties.
In the mid 1970’s we were stuck with Crappy K Cars and Jeep vehicles that had No power at all and were maintenance nightmares.
That being said they were a hell of a lot better than the Government Motors Volt.
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