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I wonder if this will get all of the bad press that Toyota did a few years ago...
REPORT: CHEVROLET Volt Battery Issues Grow, Safety Findings 'Suppressed'...

GM walking back buy-back program...

GM is looking at redesigning the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery system in the wake of several highly publicized fires.
In June, General Motors heard about a Volt fire that happened three weeks after said vehicle was crash tested, yet it wasn’t until November that the company, or NHTSA disclosed there was a potential problem, urging both dealers and customers to drain the battery pack immediately following an accident.

Buyback? LOL!
"On the question of the buyback, I think Mr. Akerson was taken a bit out of context,"
Audi Chief Calls Chevy Volt “A Car For Idiots” laugh.gif

I have been calling it the "Chevy Dolt" for quite some time -because it seems like a genuinely stupid idea to have an electric car that will only go 40 miles on a charge

Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen said:

the Chevy Volt will fail and that anybody who buys the car is an idiot. Not only that, de Nysschen has lumped proponents of any type of electric car into a category of “intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are.”

no one is going to pay a $15000 premium for a car that competes with a Corolla laugh.gif
The thing that I notice most often with Statists is that they are able to completely overlook the failures of their efforts because their intentions were good, and apparently that's ALL that matters.
You can apply that principle to East Berlin, Detroit, Housing Projects, Solyndra, Rent Control, Price Control, War on Poverty, Public Education, Mass Transit schemes and now even Chevy Volts.

REPORT: Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle...
Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is currently 26 percent owned by the federal government.

CAVUTO: Volt sales inflated with taxpayer fleet buys...
Goal of 10,000 annual sales is way short.
GM recalls 4,873 Chevrolet Sonic
Sometimes when you smoke POT for lunch, you can forget a thing or two, like brake pads.
Or maybe you just don't really care.
Besides you're Union. Your job's safe.

GM recalls 4,873 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars in US and Canada for possible missing front brake pads -
The Sonic is made at GM's plant in Orion Township, Michigan. GM and the United Auto Workers union agreed to allow up to 40 percent of the production workers at the plant to be paid less than veteran UAW workers. The agreement was necessary to keep the Sonic from being produced outside the United States, the UAW and GM have said.

Bailed Out Union Auto Workers Busted Boozing, Smoking Weed
GM and the United Auto Workers union agreed to allow up to 40 percent of the production workers at the plant to be paid less than veteran UAW workers.
The agreement was necessary to keep the Sonic from being produced outside the United States, the UAW and GM have said.

Shoe's on the other foot now, eh?
The Unions always claim to be watching out for the workers, but when the money is coming out of the Union's pocket, they bargain for lower pay or threaten to move production elsewhere, just like the "evil corporations" that they hate. laugh.gif
Where's Michael Moore now?
Roger & Me: Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing

And why doesn't the Union owned and operated Government Motor Company hire workers they don't need and pay them more than the market will bear? dry.gif
Come on boys. We're waiting for you to show us how it's done.
Do it for Flint!
December 30, 2011, 2:49 pm
Fisker Recalling 239 Karma Plug-In Hybrids for Fire Hazard

TARGET MISSED: December sales released, show GM sold only 1,529 Volts...
The Volt price starts at $39,145, the Nissan Leaf starts at about $35,000, and Ford's Focus Electric costs just under $40,000. The full $7,500 tax credit is available for each.

REPORT: Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle... moves electric car development to China...a Shakedown

It effectively moves GM's future electric vehicle development to China.
Nissan Leaf: Four Recharging Stops Needed to Go 180 Miles

As for the heavily coal-generated electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority that powered his trip, well, let’s not go there.
laugh.gif laugh.gif

Consumer Reports has painted an ugly picture of the Nissan Leaf, as did an early enthusiast based in Los Angeles.
Now comes the definitive example of the Leaf’s impracticality, a 180-mile Tennessee trek over the holidays required four lengthy stops to keep the vehicle moving.

Nissan has a $1.4 billion federal loan to retrofit a plant in Smyrna – just outside Nashville – to mass-produce the Leaf. CEO Carlos Ghosn said Nissan will produce EVs wherever government will produce the financial incentives.

And that’s what it takes in order for the “Green” energy industry swindle to survive.

GOV'T MOTORS Volt Battery-Fire Investigation Closed by Gov't Regulators...
"U.S. regulators ended an investigation into why Chevrolet Volt electric cars caught fire, and said electric vehicles do not pose a greater risk of fire."

Do you remember the countless stories attacking the Toyota Prius?
Pedals, drivers blamed for out of control Toyotas

Toyota recalled nearly 8 million vehicles in 2008 and 2009 for defects related to gas pedals -- including sticky pedals and floor mat obstruction -- as a result of complaints of unwanted acceleration.

NHTSA reported the likely cause: drivers pushing the gas instead of the brakes!
Bankrupt: Electric Car Firm Got $118.5 MIllion Stimulus...
The people at Solyndra said: "$118.5 MIllion? That's CHUMP CHANGE!"

Ener1--a company that manufactures batteries for electric cars, and that received $118.5 million in federal stimulus money, and that Vice President Joe Biden visited last year the day after President Obama’s State of the Union Address—announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In last year’ State of the Union, delivered Jan. 25, 2011, President Obama set a national goal of having a million electric vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015—a goal that would be achieved by taking money out of the oil industry and “investing” it in new technology.

Green energy = GREEN for everybody who is "connected"

CONSUMER REPORTS tries to test $100K plug-in hybrid; breaks down during check-in process...

Bad Karma?

Fed-Subsidized 'Green' Light Bulb Hits Market -- Cost: $50...

Energy legislation signed in 2007 introduced a ban on inefficient incandescent light bulbs, covering traditional 100-watt bulbs this year. Sales of traditional 75-watt incandescents will be prohibited next year, and 60-watt incandescents will go after that.
Explosion at GM lithium battery lab...
General Motors Co. said a Wednesday explosion at a battery lab in the General Motors Technical Center seriously injured one person.
Four others were evaluated after reports of a lithium battery exploding at a battery research lab at the GM Tech Center. GM declined to confirm the type of battery involved in the incident.

What was it Mark Twain said about his death being greatly exaggerated --


As a result, officials at the big automaker last week announced production would resume a week sooner than expected at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant after an announced five-week shutdown due to slack demand.

Last year, the Volt morphed from "technological wonder" to "political punching bag," GM CEO Daniel Akerson told a Senate committee last month. Conservatives have questioned whether GM produced the Volt to curry favor with green-tech-loving President Obama, who was a champion of the auto bailout.

Now, however, the March sales boost has brought a measure of relief – and Mr. Akerson is expecting more.

“It seems like we’ve sustained ourselves through this difficult period,” Akerson told Bloomberg Radio recently. “We hope to get up to 3,000-plus in the coming months, and are certainly positioning it.”

Some owners are offering rave reviews of the hybrid, which includes a tiny gasoline engine that, if needed, recharges its big battery on the fly. In online reviews, however, the key issue is that the car can travel about 40 miles just on electricity – and for a large number of Americans that's usually enough.

On the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that touts environmental solutions, one Volt owner, Jeff, noted that he has used just 23 gallons of gas in 13 months since purchasing his Volt. In that time, he's driven 13,500 miles – about 566 miles per gallon.

How many miles per gallon?! clapping.gif
566 MPG, IF you don't count how much FILTHY COAL was burned to charge it overnight. wink.gif
But we don't count that do we?
Can you imagine the outrage from the Greenies if there was a car that ran on coal? There is one. Several in fact.
But they close their eyes to that fact and proudly pollute.

Yesterday I saw my first Karma on the road.
BASE PRICE: $96,895
The license plate read "Electric".
The roof was a solar panel, which on a sunny day would power some lcd lights, maybe a radio.

CONSUMER REPORTS tries to test $100K plug-in hybrid; breaks down during check-in process...

The current glut of Natural Gas makes CNG appealing but a fatal accident yesterday at a CNG shop shows the danger the 3,500 psi of pressure.
The "explosion" was not from combustion of a rupture; there was no fire.
It looks like the valve head was improperly removed and it became a projectile, shooting the victim 25 feet across the room, from the pressure alone!
Man killed in CNG business accident
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