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Apr 11 2014

Desperate to Sell Volts, Government Motors Cuts Cost by Putting in Even Weaker Batteries

Despite massive subsidies that cost taxpayers $250,000 for every Volt sold, no one is buying the politically correct moonbatmobiles. Even too-big-to-fail Government Motors recognizes that there is a problem:

Desperate to amp up sales of its Chevy Volt, General Motors is lowering prices and planning to offer a cheaper model that doesn’t go as far on a single charge as the existing model.

Featuring a smaller, cheaper battery system, the new model Chevy Volt is going into production in Detroit in 2015.

As it is, a Volt will only go 38 all-electric miles on a charge, provided the weather is just so, not too hot or cold. With the new smaller battery, you might want to be sure that wherever you are headed is downhill from you.

But at least the smaller batteries may wreak less havoc on the environment that extravagantly expensive ecomobiles are allegedly intended to save. Hopefully the new mini-batteries won’t have enough juice to spontaneously burst into flames. Maybe they won’t take the usual 10 and a half hours to charge. At the very least GM should be able to start losing less than $49,000 per vehicle.

The Volt has sold a mere 58,158 units since it first went on sale just over three years ago. Despite price cuts, cash-back deals, and heavy promotion from President Obama and environmentalists, sales have been anemic. In comparison, the Ford F-series pickup truck, sold more than 70,000 units last month. Ford sold 763,402 F-series vehicles in 2013 alone.

The Federal Government is working to close this disparity with CAFE standards that are quickly reducing pickup trucks to rolling beer cans.

Yet short of an executive order requiring us to buy them, there seems to be nothing the Regime can do to get people interested in Volts.

As Reuters reported, “Volt sales last year were flat, at 23,094. In the first three months this year, Volt sales dropped 15 percent to 3,606.”

GM has shut down production of the Volt many times because sales have not justified keeping the manufacturing lines open.

Volt sales have been so bad that its government-supported battery manufacturer struggled to stay afloat despite $151 million in Obama stimulus funding. It was later discovered that the battery manufacturer wasted millions in those tax dollar stimulus finds.

Please, tell me one I haven’t heard before.

Volt-Solyndra

On tips from Stormfax and Henry. Graphic compliments of Stormfax.



12 Responses to “Desperate to Sell Volts, Government Motors Cuts Cost by Putting in Even Weaker Batteries”

  1. KHarn says:

    The feds are better at buying VOTES than at selling VOLTS! (Rimshot)

  2. KHarn says:

    The feds are better at buying VOTES than at selling VOLTS! (Rimshot)

  3. Take The Red Pill says:

    “Yet short of an executive order requiring us to buy them…”

    Almost like what they finally did with the ridiculously-named “Affordable Healthcare Act”?
    I’m glad that I bought a Prius back in 2006 — at least I can recharge it’s batteries while I drive it. (WHAT AN IDEA! Someone should tell GM to make their own hybrid, instead of a car that runs on EITHER gasoline OR batteries, instead of both!)

  4. Take The Red Pill says:

    “Yet short of an executive order requiring us to buy them…”

    Almost like what they finally did with the ridiculously-named “Affordable Healthcare Act”?
    I’m glad that I bought a Prius back in 2006 — at least I can recharge it’s batteries while I drive it. (WHAT AN IDEA! Someone should tell GM to make their own hybrid, instead of a car that runs on EITHER gasoline OR batteries, instead of both!)

  5. True Blue says:

    “Yet short of an executive order requiring us to buy them…”
    Exactly, and with the ZeroCare Act, and the Supreme’s ruling that the Federal Beast can impose any tax on anything it wants -there is NOTHING to stop them from forcing everyone to buy one or pay a ‘penalty’.

  6. True Blue says:

    “Yet short of an executive order requiring us to buy them…”
    Exactly, and with the ZeroCare Act, and the Supreme’s ruling that the Federal Beast can impose any tax on anything it wants -there is NOTHING to stop them from forcing everyone to buy one or pay a ‘penalty’.

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  9. Son_of_Taz says:

    That is why we have a 2nd Amendment. THAT will stop them True Blue.

  10. Eddie_Valiant says:

    That is why we have a 2nd Amendment. THAT will stop them True Blue.


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