Three days after Mr. Obama’s hubristic promise to buy a Volt as soon as he leaves office,
Originally posted on Stately McDaniel Manor:
At the Washington Post, Charles Lane wrote an informative article on March 5th. In that article, Lane brought up a great many of the points I’ve been making in the 18 months or so I’ve been writing on electric vehicles, and particularly, the Volt. It’s good—and amusing–to see the Mainstream Media, with their unlimited resources and multiple layers of fact checkers and editors, finally trying to catch up to my scruffy little blog. As a brisk appetizer in anticipation of our main course, let’s review some of Lane’s points:
* Three days after Mr. Obama’s hubristic promise to buy a Volt as soon as he leaves office, GM announced that it would suspend Volt production for five weeks—it now looks like that suspension will be even longer—to more closely match supply with demand. Translation: Volts aren’t selling.
* Mr. Obama’s goal of one million EV’s and pseudo hybrids on the road by 2012 isn’t looking terribly doable. GM fell 2300 short of its 10,000 Volt 2011 sales target, and since it can’t get dealers to take Volts in any number (and in some cases, not at all), the 2012 goal of 45,000 is looking far more like marketing hype than reality.