Government Motors’ all-electric Chevy Volt isn’t all-electric and doesn’t get hundreds of miles per gallon either. Like Clinton’s paid volunteers and Brother O’s “shovel-ready” jobs, the government’s “plug-ready” car is more oxymoronic myth than reality.
Brother O’s electric-Kool Aid savior of the auto industry and Algore’s balanced earth is set to make its debut in November, but the acid test suggests America’s been taken for a ride.
Hyped as an all-electric car that could be driven 50 miles on its lithium battery, the truth is that the Volt’s small gasoline engine engages when the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery pack begins to run down and at speeds near 70 mph. In other words, the small engine meant to keep the battery charged is actually driving the car.
Also, GM’s CEO claimed that the Volt would get 230 miles per gallon in the city. Popular Mechanics tested it and got about 37.5 mpg in the city, Motor Trend did the same and got the high 30s to low 40s, and Car and Driver reported:
“getting on the nearest highway and commuting with the 80-mph flow of traffic — basically the worst-case scenario — yielded 26 miles; a fairly spirited backroad loop netted 31; and a carefully modulated cruise below 60 mph pushed the figure into the upper 30s.”
Bottom line, it’s a $41,000 hybrid dressed in a $7,500 taxpayer-funded subsidy to entice buyers.
Americans now know what happens when government runs a business. And if something is not done about it in November, they will learn a similar lesson about health care, only more costly.
For more on the story, see Volt Fraud At Government Motors from Investor’s Business Daily.