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  • ‘This is not the way to go.’ Two intruders incinerated by 24,000 volts, police say

    12/29/2017 3:37:19 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 173 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | December 29, 2017 | Don Sweeney
    A Detroit utility worker responding to a reported power outage early Friday at a city lighting substation found a door to the building had been pried open. Then he found something much worse – the bodies of two men electrocuted by 24,000 volts after touching a transformer, reported WDIV. The bodies had been fused together.
  • Is It Time for Barack Obama to Buy a Chevy Volt?

    04/05/2017 11:55:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Hybrid Cars News ^ | March 21, 2017 | by Jeff Cobb
    In February 2012, then-President Barack Obama promised he’d buy a Chevrolet Volt in five years when he’s out of office and that time is now. Inquiries to Obama’s representatives so far have gone unanswered whether arrangements to acquire the now-second generation extended-range EV are being made. And, the statement he made to 1,600 United Auto Workers in Detroit seemed sincere enough. “Five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself,” said Obama after saying the secret service allowed him to sit in it, but not take it anywhere for obvious reasons. “Yes, that’s...
  • Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, February 2016: Volt Valentine

    03/08/2016 6:56:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | March 7, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein
    Chevy's 102 Volt sales may have led the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle market in February, and bring its national total to 5,611 units. Up slightly from January's 94 sales, this was also the plug-in hybrid Volt's best-ever February in Canada, easily surpassing the 38 sold a year ago. With the refreshed Volt and a deeper field of battery-electric vehicle competitors, there's a risk the company could face its first year-over-year sales decline this year - though with only two months gone, it may be far too early to predict doom and gloom for the world's most popular electric car.
  • 2017 Chevy Volt Arriving Soon at Dealerships Nationwide

    02/29/2016 12:42:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Next-Gen Transportation News ^ | February 29, 2016 | Staff
    Production of the 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid began earlier this year, and the first vehicles will be arriving at Chevy dealerships nationwide shortly, with as much as a $1,000 incentive to help juice sales, reports Cars Direct. Pricing for the 2017 Chevy Volt starts at $34,095, including destination, but does not account for the $7,500 federal tax rebate or any state or local incentives. The $1,000 incentive from GM is available to buyers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The all-new 2016 Chevy Volt debuted last year with...
  • Bison named Sparky survives being struck by lighting

    01/11/2016 9:54:08 PM PST · by Daffynition · 50 replies
    News96.5 ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Samantha Jordan
    If bison had 9 lives, Sparky has used up eight of them. This lucky bison is a resident at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa and managed to survive being struck by lightning in 2013. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Interior, Sparky's prognosis wasn't good and they weren't sure he would survive. "But he proved us wrong!"
  • GM to pause production of Chevy Volt as sales slow (1874 Volts sold in the entire 1Q)

    04/09/2015 4:19:03 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 101 replies
    General Motors will stop making the Chevrolet Volt for four weeks in June and July due to slow sales and to deal with the change to an all-new version of the gas-electric hybrid car. The company says the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that makes the Volt and four other cars will probably stay open through the summer despite plans for the Volt. The factory also is undergoing construction so it can build a new full-size Cadillac CT6 and the 2016 Volt starting late in the summer. Sales of electric and hybrid cars have slowed this year, largely due to low gasoline prices....
  • Tennessee brings back electric chair

    05/23/2014 12:02:09 AM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-23-14 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions. Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the electric chair legislation in April, with the Senate voting 23-3 and the House 68-13 in favor of the bill. Tennessee is the first state to...
  • GE Places Asterisk on Record Chevy Volt Sales

    04/03/2012 11:29:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Street ^ | April 3, 2012 | By Eric Rosenbaum
    Don't get too excited about the record sales number just posted by General Motors Chevy Volt in March, as the sales charge for the electric car may have been brought to life by a big corporate buyer. The Volt rebound - a month after GM temporarily shuttered production of the car - needs to be set against the likely influence played by GE in driving up the Volt sales number. Volt sales in March of 2,289 were 50% higher than December 2011, which had been the vehicle's best month since launch. It's no coincidence, though, that GE began last month...
  • Bush Senior Defies Republican Stereotype, Buys Chevy Volt

    03/31/2012 6:59:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 85 replies ^ | March 31, 2012
    Who would have thought it? Given the flack the Chevy Volt has received at Republican hands over the last few months, former Republican president George H. W. Bush dealt the Volt attackers a serious blow, deciding to purchase one of GM’s extended range electric cars. The Volt, which has become a symbol of all that’s wrong with the Obama administration according to a number of conservatives, might finally be getting a break. In addition to Bush Sr.’s purchase of a Volt (for his son Neil), there’s growing sentiment among the right that the car might not be that bad after...
  • Chevy Volt Sales Sizzle, Nissan LEAF Cools Off in February 2012

    03/01/2012 3:34:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies · 16+ views ^ | March 1, 2012 | By Eric Lovegay
    With February now in the history books, US sales of the two most popular electrified vehicles have been tallied. Nissan reports that sales of the electric LEAF checked in at only 478 units in February 2012. That's below the 676 LEAFs that Nissan reported selling in January 2012, but still seven times more than the 67 LEAFs sold in February 2011, when the market was just getting started. Sales of the Chevy Volt picked up significantly with General Motors reporting it sold 1,203 units in February 2012. That's nearly double the 603 Volts sold in January 2012, but still a...
  • GM Dealers Get Chevy Volt Tax Credit for Sales to Gov't

    02/22/2012 1:23:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | February 22, 2012 | by Mark Modica
    I discovered an interesting fact while reviewing the 2011 IRS form 8936 used for the $7500 EV tax credit. While under most circumstances it is the wealthy purchasers of Chevy Volts and other high priced plug-in vehicles that get the taxpayer-funded handout, it appears that General Motors' dealerships that sell the vehicles to government entities are benefiting by being able to claim the credits. These dealers are able to double-dip into the seemingly endless pool of taxpayer funds designated for cronies of the Obama Administration under the guise of green initiatives. Not only do taxpayers pay for Chevy Volts purchased...
  • GE Employees Get Chevy Volt Electric Cars, All-Gas Use OKed Sometimes

    02/16/2012 10:58:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 16, 2012 | by John Voelcker
    Sixteen months ago, General Electric announced it would place the "largest order in history" for electric cars, to be used by its employees who are issued company cars. Now, those cars are starting to arrive and be placed with employees. A person inside GE recently forwarded a memo to us that covers some of the nuts and bolts of using the 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. It's from the fleet operations manager for GE Healthcare. Among the interesting points: * All sedans ordered in 2012 will be the Chevrolet Volt * Crossovers and minivans will be replaced by electric-vehicle...
  • Shoppers Say Chevy Volt Expensive, Nissan Leaf Ugly in Study

    01/28/2012 8:43:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 27, 2012 | by Colin Bird
    Despite their small share of total vehicle sales, the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius garner a lot of attention from new-car shoppers, according to J.D. Power and Associates' 2012 Avoider Study. For people who like the Volt, the most cited reason is its impact on a person's image; that's a good shout-out to Chevrolet's successful marketing campaign. Consumers think the Volt costs too much and that's why a lot of shoppers avoid the plug-in hybrid, according to the study. When people decide to skip over the Leaf or Prius, the most cited reason is the styling is unattractive....
  • Teaching the Volt to Charge Smarter and Cleaner

    01/27/2012 11:40:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times (blog) ^ | January 26, 2012 | By PAUL STENQUIST
    On Thursday, General Motors announced an alert system under development that would instruct the Chevy Volt to charge only when a relatively high percentage of renewable energy was available. Being plugged in at those times would further minimize the carbon footprint of the plug-in hybrid. When a substantial percentage of the energy transmitted to the grid came from a renewable source like wind power, OnStar would receive a signal from P.J.M. Interconnection, a company that manages the electric-power transmission grid for numerous utility companies. The telematics system would then cue the vehicle to begin charging. “This demonstration shows that in...
  • GM ad campaign comes to Volt's defense

    01/25/2012 2:04:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 24, 2012 | By Peter Valdes-Dapena
    (CNNMoney) -- Now that the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin station has closed its investigation into vehicle fires in the Chevrolet Volt, General Motors is left to clean up the public relations damage. The media counter-attack started Wednesday with newspaper and television advertisements. In a TV ad, which was also broadcast Wednesday, Chevrolet Volts are shown being built on an assembly down the middle of a suburban American street. Since Volt sales are so small, to begin with, and GM executives have admitted that the car isn't profitable, the automaker's ad campaign will cost it more than it will ever...
  • Chevrolet Volt Outsells Toyota Prius (misleading headline)

    01/05/2012 7:59:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2012
    The Chevrolet Volt ended 2011 on a high note, charting its best month of sales to date. Chevy moved 1,529 of the plug-in hybrids in December, despite the specter of a possible recall to address the potential for battery pack fires. Full year sales checked in at 7,671, well short of the company’s stated goal of 10,000, but enough to outsell one of its top rivals, the Toyota Prius. Not in 2011, Toyota sold 136,463 Prii over the last 12 months, once again cementing its position as best-selling hybrid in America, by far. But, go back to the turn of...
  • The death penalty: valid yet targeted

    10/27/2011 9:52:42 AM PDT · by american_steve · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26, 2011 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman
    No serious constitutional argument can be made against the death penalty. The endless campaigns to ban it cost taxpayers millions to defend. By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman On the September night that the state of Georgia put Troy Davis to death, a crowd of several hundred gathered at the Supreme Court in Washington to protest America's continued practice of capital punishment. But they were in the wrong place. The protesters should have assembled 600 miles southeast, in Atlanta.
  • Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Has Died at Age 76

    11/04/2010 11:08:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Has Died at Age 76
  • BREAKING NEWS: Hall of Fame baseball manager Sparky Anderson has died, AP reports

    11/04/2010 11:08:54 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 34 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/04/10 | Unattributed
    BREAKING NEWS: Hall of Fame baseball manager Sparky Anderson has died, AP reports
  • Kaine: Electrocution Should Not Be Execution Option

    07/25/2006 3:15:00 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 33 replies · 702+ views ^ | Tuesday July 25, 2006 1:04pm
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Governor Tim Kaine says the electric chair should not be an option for executions in Virginia. Kaine was asked Tuesday in his monthly program on Washington Post Radio about last week's electrocution of Brandon Hedrick, the first person to die in the electric chair in two years. Hedrick chose electrocution over lethal injection. Kaine said Tuesday ... quote ... "I think it should be lethal injection, period." He calls it ... quote ... "an odd quirk" that inmates get to choose the electric chair as an option.