Since I posted about the Chevy Volt the other day I’ve come across more commentary on it and what a flop it is going to be. This is a forced solution and it won’t work. They rarely do. Electric cars may be the wave of the future, but that future is not yet here. We don’t have the technology for it yet, but we will have it some day because someone will finally figure it out. Also, as this piece from the NY Times points out, it’s more expensive than what it’s really worth. You’re paying a lot for nothing. In addition, this piece from the Daily Beast also points out the high cost for no return and also that while the electric car has been a dream for a century, in reality we aren’t a whole lot closer to it today than we were back then. We’ve made huge strides, it’s just a tough goal to achieve. Like I’ve said though, we will get there and I have no doubts that it will be an American who does it, because that is what we do an who we are. We are innovators and problems solvers. If there was a viable answer for this, we would have already had it.
Rush Limbaugh talked not only about the Volt at length today, but also about GM and our government’s control of it. He, like aways, was spot on in his commentary. It’s long and talks about more than I care to get into at the moment but I suggest you give it a read.
Don’t get me wrong on any of this. I think the Volt is a good idea; however, I don’t think it should be anything more than a concept car. This should be a stepping stone to an answer instead of answer. If this is the answer though, we answered this question wrong.
Update: Here is another piece dissing the Volt, bringing up the fact that not only does it require premium for the gas engine, but the fact that it requires a gas engine at all. What is the point then, especially since it only gets 40 miles per charge?