One great thing about the free market is that it doesn’t waste resources on ideological malarkey, because there is no coercion involved; if people don’t find something useful, they aren’t going to pay for it unless bureaucrats force them to. For example:
Ford Motor Co. sold about 12 Focus Electrics in December and January to fleet customers — and none in February and March, said Erich Merkle, a Ford spokesman.
If there have been no sales at all for two months, why does Ford continue to manufacturer absurd moonbatmobiles that literally no one wants? Because we no longer have a free market:
Total sales [of electric cars in the USA] last year were 17,425, which is less than 0.1 percent of the U.S. car and light truck market.
Nonetheless, automakers show no signs of pulling back their multibillion-dollar bets: They need electric cars to meet tough new fuel-efficiency standards. About a dozen new plug-ins and fully electric cars will go on sale in the next year.
That is, automakers are making cars they know perfectly well no one will buy despite massive government subsidies so that on average their vehicles will conform to absurdly draconian standards imposed by the flakey authoritarian ideologues in Washington. If this prevents them from making a profit, fine. The flakey authoritarian ideologues will bail them out with our money.
On tips from Shawn and Bob Roberts.