Skip to comments.GM Chevy Volt Halt Confirms Green Energy Policy Failure
Posted on 03/05/2012 8:41:18 AM PST by jazusamo
I hate to beat a dead Edsel, but the Chevy Volt story is just too important to let slip away. After last week's announcement by General Motors that it would be temporarily halting production of the Chevy Volt due to low demand, you would think that the evidence would finally be conclusive that the over-hyped, over-subsidized vehicle is a flop. The response by GM and lack of same from the Obama-loving media is worthy of continued criticism from those of us who have recognized that taxpayers have been bilked out of billions of dollars to produce a car that does practically nothing for the environment or foreign oil dependence while being unwanted by the 99% of consumers that can not afford, nor want the car. In fact, most 1 percenters don't want the car either.
Americans should closely follow the Chevy Volt saga, as it epitomizes the crony capitalism, deception and taxpayer abuse underlying the Obama Administration's green energy policy. And while far more money has been thrown down the drain producing and subsidizing the Volt compared to Solyndra, the mainstream media has either given a positive spin to the story or laid off the story completely.
Let's again review the history of the Volt. The car was initially hyped as GM was making a case to get billions of dollars in bailout aid from the government. When Obama's Auto Task Force (which was put in charge of redistributing wealth from GM bondholders and taxpayers to UAW members) was analyzing GM's business plans, they even test drove the vehicle, which was supposedly to be a "game changer" for the company as well as a savior for the environment and foreign oil dependence. General Electric was one of the main players involved in hyping the vehicle, as they would profit from building the charging stations used. The TV business news network owned by GE dedicated the better part of a day hyping the Volt when it was rolled out, which followed shortly after the GM IPO hoopla. Neither the Volt, nor GM shares have lived up to the hype.
For the past year, significant sales for the Volt have not materialized. This did not stop GM or President Obama from declaring the car a huge success. Lies were told about the existence of long waiting lists of customers that were lined up to buy the car, if only GM could keep up with the strong demand. These claims came not only from GM, but also from politicians like Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) who claimed there were waiting lists in CA and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) who said Volts were "selling like hot cakes." And of course we had the Salesman in Chief, President Obama, say that he drove the car and it was a great vehicle. He recently backed off this falsehood and said the secret service wouldn't let him drive, but he will buy one in five years. Meanwhile, GM hypocritically complains that the Volt is a political target.
GM manufactured excuses about as fast as they manufactured Volts regarding the reasons for low sales. They stretched out the "supply can't keep up with demand" bogus claim as long as they could until it became obvious that they weren't trying real hard to ramp up production and lack of supply wasn't the issue. The latest excuse takes a play right out of President Obama's playbook. Of course, it's the Republican's fault for falsely criticizing a technologically wonderful green machine! The scoundrels have convinced the nation not to buy Chevy Volts in an effort to destroy our planet and oust our leader!
GM seems to be sticking to its guns in its backing of the Volt. According to a WSJ report, "Mark Reuss, GM's North American chief, said in an interview the auto maker remains committed to the Volt and is taking a number of steps to improve lagging sales. GM will launch a new national ad campaign this month that features Volt owners praising the car. It also recently dropped the monthly cost of leasing the vehicles to $350 from $399 for a 36-month lease." Bob Lutz, whose legacy is being tainted by his absurd defense of the Volt, stated "The Volt is a bases-loaded home run. It will overcome." So it appears GM will continue to blow millions of dollars on ads to promote a vehicle that the public doesn't want. Perhaps all that ad spending is part of the reason TV networks, other than the Fox Business Network, do not criticize GM or the Obama Administration for dumping billions of dollars on the unwanted car that feeds on a life support line of taxpayer subsidies.
A sales boost should occur when crony corporation GE begins purchasing thousands of Volts as promised. The purchases may be timed so that they can occur closer to the presidential election, as President Obama continues to campaign on the perceived success of GM and the Chevy Volt while refusing to sell taxpayers' ownership stake in the company. The public should be aware of the deceit when the media lights up with stories about electrified Volt sales.
Look, the bottom line is that the Chevy Volt might be a fine vehicle for those that can afford them and want to buy them, but billions of dollars should not be taken from taxpayers to subsidize a car that can not succeed on its own in the market. Not only should congress reject President Obama's attempt to raise the EV tax credit to $10,000, Rep. Mike Kelly's bill to kill the subsidies all together should be backed . Gas prices are approaching Government Motors' desired $5 level and the Obama-backed Volt obviously does nothing to help lower the price. The facts are the facts, there was no reason to lie about the car and make claims that demand was so high. In doing so, GM and the White House have lost a great deal of credibility. The Volt saga raises the important question, if GM and the Obama Administration can lie so easily to the American public about the Chevy Volt, what else have they, or will they lie to us about?
Mark Modica is an NLPC Associate Fellow.
This tax credit is for all EVs that qualify and includes the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
2 + 2 = 4 ; NEWT = $2.50 a gallon GAS ; 2 + 2 = 4
If it was really a government that was doing what's best for the people becaue they don't know what's best for them, they would have outlawed the Chevy Volt.
So we needed to spend a ton of taxpayer dollars to discover this?
The facts were already there before the project was started, but collectivists are too in love with their 5 year plans to think.
Just called my congresscritter Cliff Stearns to back the bill HR 3768. Please all, do the same.
Other than the cost, the flaming batteries and the tiny range between charges, it’s a great car.
All the lies about demand, coupled with the IPO = Insider Trading.
The Volt idea came before Obama was in the WH but most of the scam subsidies and tax credit occurred after. This “Green” thing is Obama’s “Great Society” and we know what happened with that.
I’d dance on its grave, but I’m afraid a hand is going to reach up out of the ground and grab my wallet.
I don't know why people think GM oversold this thing...
Lies were told about the existence of long waiting lists of customers that were lined up to buy the car, if only GM could keep up with the strong demand. These claims came not only from GM, but also from politicians like Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) who claimed there were waiting lists in CA and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) who said Volts were “selling like hot cakes.”
What a pile of crap! These f’ing con artists should be in jail!
Thanks. I got an answer from my Rep a few days ago and she’s backing Mike Kelly’s bill.
Nonsense, green energy is works and it's real, just ask the Green Lantern!
May all who worship evil’s might, beware my power, green lanter’s light.
Exactly, every last one should be cooling their heels in a fed slammer.
Der people’s car, der voltwagen, is a failure of common sense and efficiency. How do you get electrickery to power these pedalmobiles from electrickery manufacturers that are being shut down all over the damn country in the first place, and then after 25 miles, the fuel you must use is twice as polluting, 100% more expensive, and if you don’t carry bottled water in your voltwagen, you might just as easiy burn your hiney up or start a forest fire or something if you catch on fire? Oh yeah. I want one of those alright.
Given a choice between all the so called “green” cars, I like the Volt best and believe it would fit my needs nicely.
However, I will never be able to afford a $47,000 car of any kind. If the Volt was $20,000 or less, I would consider it.
So, where did GM get the idea that anyone could afford this thing at that price when that competition is offering vehicles at substantially lower prices?
“So, where did GM get the idea that anyone could afford this thing at that price when that competition is offering vehicles at substantially lower prices?”
Probably the same place that they got the idea that someone would want to buy the Pontiac Aztec.
I tend to agree with you. It’s a car that could fit some peoples needs but it’s out of sight price wise.
Then there’s the unknown of what’s 5 or 6 years down the road, the technology in the Volt may very well be obsolete and who’s going to want it when the expensive battery and other parts approach time for replacement.
For the enviro nuts that have more money than brains who want to make a statement it’s fine but I don’t believe there’s enough of that type to even come close to making it a success.
They must have run out of orders from the various departments of government that were ordered to buy them.
As I’ve said on previous posts regarding the Volt..if GM is so convinced this turkey is the future of automobiles, why is it introducing a diesel version of the Chevy Cruze in the U.S. market? For roughly half the price of the Volt, the Cruze diesel will get an estimated 50 mpg on the highway, and the diesel engine should pay for itself in 18 months. Compare that to the years it takes to “break even” on high-priced hybrids like the Volt.
Building the Volt was clearly part of the bail-out deal, and it will last as long as Obama’s in office. If he’s voted out in November (not long after the Cruze diesel arrives in showrooms), then GM will start looking for ways to get rid of the Volt. They ought to try honesty: no one wants hybrids masquerading as electric card, particularly when they come with a $41,000 price tag.
I’ll be in the market for a new car later this year, and I plan to look closely at the Cruze Diesel and the various diesel models from VW. Both are much more cost-effective options than a vanity car like the Volt. Incidentally, the diesel version of the Cruze sold 33,000 units world-wide the first year it was available. Those aren’t spectacular numbers, but the car wasn’t available in the most important market—North America. And even with sales of 33,000 cars, the Cruze Diesel out-sold the Volt by something like a 30:1 ratio.
Even GM can understand that calculus. Plenty of folks at Government Motors would love to kill the Volt, and they’re just waiting for the opportunity. That’s why Obama’s election defeat will be a “three-fer.” With one election, we can get rid of the anointed one, the Chevy Volt, and Bob Lutz.
A 36-month lease for $350 is $12,900. Not nearly enough to make any money for GM. The old car being sold with a dying battery won’t be able to cover the difference.
6,300 in inventory and only selling 600 a month (at the top end) means their factory can be shut down most of the next year.
The Chevy Cruze sounds like a great car if you aren’t boycotting GM. You could always go for that Ford truck with EcoBoost for a comparable vehicle.
I’m not up on the Cruze diesel but I believe GM’s been working to meet EPA standards to be able to sell it here.
I think the Cruze Eco gets over 40 mpg on the road which isn’t too shabby and would be quite economical. Don’t know about performance but they’re selling pretty well.
Yep, they're getting desperate and grasping at straws. I think their EV cars are going to all be made in China before long in their partnership with SAIC.
VW offers fairly loaded diesel Golfs and Jettas for less than $25K. They do well over 40 mpg highway.
Haiku, thanks for the graphic. Now up with article.