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Electric cars and the liberal war with science (GM suspends Chevy Volt Production)
Washington Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | Charles Lane

Posted on 03/06/2012 6:13:46 AM PST by SeekAndFind

President Obama boasted at a United Auto Workers conference last week that General Motors was back in business, producing cutting-edge vehicles like the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt. He even promised to buy one when his time in office ends “five years from now.”

Whoops! Just three days later, GM announced that it would suspend Volt production for five weeks this spring, idling 1,300 workers at a Hamtramck, Mich., factory.

Alas, Obama’s endorsements notwithstanding, there’s not much of a market for this little bitty car, at least not at the price of almost $32,000 — after a $7,500 federal tax rebate.

GM fell 2,300 units short of its sales target (10,000) for 2011. It is not on pace to hit 2012’s goal of 45,000 units.

So much for Obama’s goal of 1 million all-electrics and plug-ins on the road by

A123 Systems, a maker of electric-car batteries that has received $374 million in state and federal loans, announced 125 layoffs last fall. The cause: problems at its main customer, Fisker Automotive, which builds expensive plug-in electric cars. Fisker got a half-billion in loans from the Energy Department, though the money was recently frozen because of the company’s failure to meet production targets.

These events confirm the wasteful folly of allocating capital according to the dictates of politicians, such as when Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared in November 2008: “A business model based on gas — a gas-guzzling past — is unacceptable. We need a business model based on cars of the future, and we already know what that future is: the plug-in hybrid electric car.”

The electric vehicle flop also illuminates a point about science — or the politics of science.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automakers; chevyvolt; electriccars; environmentalism; generalmotors; layoffs; liberalism; uaw

1 posted on 03/06/2012 6:13:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Union “workers” can live off their bonus checks, courtesy of the U.S. Taxpayer, and GM’s “announced” profits did not include a return of taxpayer money.


2 posted on 03/06/2012 6:16:18 AM PST by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have the answer for the Volt. Gull wing doors.

GM... just make the check out to “Cash”. You’re welcome.


3 posted on 03/06/2012 6:18:14 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: ILS21R

In terms of styling alone, the car is a dud. They should have had ItalDesign work on it.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 6:23:39 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Red Badger; steelyourfaith

Ping.


5 posted on 03/06/2012 6:24:14 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ILS21R
Well Hitlers Volkswagen was far more successful then Obama Voltswagen had been
6 posted on 03/06/2012 6:25:13 AM PST by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: ILS21R
They should let Homer redesign it.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 6:27:24 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And in other news:
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1072600_indiana-think-electric-car-plant-stilled-owners-quiet-on-future

Ever heard of the “Think”, made in Elkhart IN? Pure electric car. On hold...


8 posted on 03/06/2012 6:32:39 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Liberals hate your freedom...freedom of the marketplace, freedom of choice, freedom to inform them that their ideas are mostly insane.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 6:34:30 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Gull wing doors.... they would "fly" off the lots.


10 posted on 03/06/2012 6:36:54 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: The_Victor
Actually, this is the most environmentally friendly, and date I say, healthy car (and it's been available for thousands of years):


11 posted on 03/06/2012 6:37:46 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Oh, and how are you supposed to resell your electric vehicle once you’ve driven it five years and the battery is depleted? “

This quote was put in the article almost as an after thought. This is one of the biggest reason why you shouldn't buy one. Forget 5 years, try 3 years. Just wait until you see how little your $39,500 trade in is worth. You will be STUCK with it. Who would buy a USED volt? Nobody is buying the new ones.

12 posted on 03/06/2012 6:38:45 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heretofore known as the Obamamobile.


13 posted on 03/06/2012 6:44:26 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: hal ogen

I think electric will catch on and become very cheap.

I say that in the vein of a guy in the mid 19th century who sees an oil well and says, “I think we can power carriages with that stuff instead of horses some day.”

As with that 19th century man, “some day” is a ways off though...


14 posted on 03/06/2012 6:46:51 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: faucetman
Just wait until you see how little your $39,500 trade in is worth.

They'll be lucky to sell it for scrap - then be left with ziltch after paying to dispose of the battery!

15 posted on 03/06/2012 6:51:16 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Army Air Corps; AFPhys; Defendingliberty; TenthAmendmentChampion; SolitaryMan; ...
Thanx for the ping AAC !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

16 posted on 03/06/2012 6:53:25 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gov't Motors vs Capitalism

17 posted on 03/06/2012 7:23:45 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe the 2012 target for the Volt is 25,000 not 45,000. Also keep an eye on the Mitsubishi EV that will be out by this fall. It’s base sticker price is below $22,000 and it gets 112MGPe. It only goes 64 miles on a charge and looks like a child’s toy, but for some urban drivers it may fill a niche.


18 posted on 03/06/2012 8:11:57 AM PST by Tulkas
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To: Tulkas

RE: I believe the 2012 target for the Volt is 25,000 not 45,000

Well, it’s 2012 now. What’s the sticker price today?


19 posted on 03/06/2012 8:29:29 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

Owning a the Volt is like owning a Edsel with chrome wheels.


20 posted on 03/06/2012 8:38:01 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: cuban leaf

Well, compare a century of development of electric cars (the damned things have been around since the turn of the previous century) with a century of internal combustion engine development.


21 posted on 03/06/2012 9:10:53 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

—Well, compare a century of development of electric cars (the damned things have been around since the turn of the previous century) with a century of internal combustion engine development.—

Kinda like comparing 8-track to Cassette. ;-)


22 posted on 03/06/2012 9:16:34 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

In terms of range, the electrics haven’t made much improvement.

The ICEs, in terms of power and range, have made incredible advances.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 9:25:48 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

This may actually be a good time to buy a Volt and place it in storage. As soon as Oboma looses the election, GM will scrap this dog and, like the Edsel, it may be worth more as a collector’s item than it was as a production model.


24 posted on 03/06/2012 11:27:15 AM PST by etcb
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To: SeekAndFind

Units sold, not the price in dollars.


25 posted on 03/06/2012 12:19:17 PM PST by SoothingDave
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