In an unexpected way, the marriage between government and unions suffer a devastating blow when their lovechild “Chevy Volt” died last Friday. Is the “environmental gene” of the “Green Government Family” defective? Otherwise how you could explain the Solyndra, Beacon Power and Ener1 Inc. debacles, for instance.
Undoubtedly inspired by the perceived Chinese success, the Obama administration thinks they can force their way to a “paradigm shift”, where the internal combustion engine would be perceived as a barbaric artifact.
What sinophiles seem to misunderstand is that China may have succeeded, not by getting involved directly in the creation of wealth, but by abstaining to intervene. Just like back in the old days of the USA, when private entrepreneurs behaved like rebel single mothers of genius children and Daddy Government wasn’t nowhere in sight.
• Stimulate the economy.
• Put 1.000.000 electric cars on the road by 2015.
• Buy out the ailing (or agonizing?) GM and Chrysler, reward his sponsoring union buddies and screw the shareholders.
• Kickstart the so much-anticipated “Green Revolution”, in which moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal would finally arrive (after all, “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus,” according to Danish newspaper Politiken).
Under this environment the Chevy Volt was born and launched in December 2010. While a brand new Ford T costed $ 950 in 1908 (Aprox. $ 20.000 in today’s dollars) and we should grant that those Model T’s hadn’t too much amenities and safety features, we should note that the assembly line production process was in its infancy, so that the $ 40.000 price tag for the Volt is still stunning. Not to mention the government sinking even more money in the project in the guise of subsidies and that the replacement battery (prone to set the car on fire!) could cost another cool $ 8.000, the price of a used 2001 Cadillac Seville STS with a 53.185 mileage.
In other words, Chevy Volt was more wishful thinking than a triumph of automotive inventive (just what the Ford T was). The ultimate display of weakness were the lame attempts to lure the public into buying a flawed car. Could you imagine Bill Gates or Steve Jobs pleading their customers to buy defective, faulty, sub-standard products?
How much would they last in the business?
- Chevy Volt: #epicfail (paulmarsic.wordpress.com)
- GM laying off 1300 workers due to low Chevy Volt sales (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Obama says he will buy a Chevy Volt (digitaltrends.com)
- GM Suspends Production of Chevy Volt, Blames Media (papundits.wordpress.com)
- GM Halts Chevy Volt Production Because Sales Suck [Chevy Volt] (jalopnik.com)
- Chevy Volt sales so slow, GM idles production (csmonitor.com)
- Rare American who can afford to buy Chevy Volt vows to buy one (tarpon.wordpress.com)