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Jan 23 2012

Would You Buy an Electric Car From This Government?

What a surprise: the government tells us that the electric vehicles it pays us with our own money to buy from a car company it took over are no more likely to set your garage on fire than real cars like an American would drive.

“Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in an e-mailed statement.

The conclusion by NHTSA came two weeks after General Motors Co. (GM) told Volt owners to bring the vehicles to dealerships for repair.

The government started investigating the Volt after a side-impact crash test in May led to a fire three weeks later. During that test, the lithium-ion battery pack broke open and coolant leaked into the battery. When the car was physically rotated as part of the test, more coolant leaked into a circuit board, leading to a fire. NHTSA replicated the fire in November and started an official probe Nov. 25.

This should set at ease anyone concerned over GM recalling these moronic moonbatmobiles to make fixes so that they will be less likely to burst into flames without warning:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters in December it was “absolutely not true” that his agency withheld information about the Volt’s safety.

Coming next from Big Government: a study finding that the $40,000 (after massive subsidies) Volt doesn’t really cost more than the infinitely superior $22,000 Toyota Camry.

On tips from Bob Roberts, J, and Stormfax. Hat tip: Sad Hill News.

11 Responses to “Would You Buy an Electric Car From This Government?”

  1. John Lewis says:

    I’ve never seen a lithium fire, although I have done quite a bit of chemistry. Quite spectacular. When the stuff really gets going it will burn into concrete, I’m told. Back when I was handling lithium I went to considerable lengths not to have a lithium fire.
    It is more dangerous than gasoline.

  2. dapenguin says:

    How is this any different than the justice dept (which the obumbler owns) stating that he was within the law to make recess appts when congress WAS in session.

    We need to get him out like yesterday

  3. Comrade Terry says:

    Oh, yes – I trust the goobermint to tell us the truth.


  4. Bob Roberts says:

    When we were kids we used to take different chemicals that had very high ignition points and stack them, from the one on the bottom that really had to have a lot of heat to get it going to one on the top you could start with an ordinary match.

    We never messed with lithium. Too dangerous, as John Lewis pointed out.

    Anyway, had a few things to share and chose not to wait for the open thread – no doubt lao (who does the same thing all the time) will bash me for it, if he notices. He hasn’t been around much (on the threads I’ve checked) lately.

    Good riddance.


    You know had it been a Democrat, particularly a black Democrat, the White House would not be publicly taking sides, at least not this one, like this.

    The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

    This is another case where Ron Paul is too dangerous to elect, if he manages to keep his promises. He says he’s going to eliminate the TSA. We need to really scale them back and put a strong leash on them, but not eliminate them. Sad to say, what with the world situation we have today, we need them, at least for a while.

    I wish it weren’t so, but it is.

    USSC rolls back another advance of the police state we live in today.

    In a major win for privacy advocates, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that police officers must obtain a warrant before tracking a suspect’s car with a GPS device.

    The court ruled unanimously that police in Washington, D.C., violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures when they placed a GPS device on the car of a criminal suspect without a valid warrant.

    Iran blinks. As usual, their talk was all bluster, no substance.

    A U.S. carrier traveled through the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday without incident, as Iran backed down from a previous threat against U.S. ships entering into the Persian Gulf.

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Deputy Commander Hossein Salami told the official Islamic Republican News Agency, “U.S. warships and military forces have been in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East region for many years and their decision in relation to the dispatch of a new warship is not a new issue and it should be interpreted as part of their permanent presence.”
    The remarks are a far cry from Iran’s army chief telling the U.S. ships to stay out of the Persian Gulf earlier this month after the USS John Stennis left through the strait.

    That followed Iran’s threat last month that it would close the Strait of Hormuz altogether and disrupt oil shipping if Western countries followed through on their economic sanctions.

  5. Bob Roberts says:

    Lurch isn’t looking so great these days – only question is: Was it some sort of plastic surgery or was he the victim of a beat-down?

    They’re claiming he was injured during an ice hockey game.

    Sounds like a beat-down to me!

  6. Joe says:

    His wife probably kicked the shit out of him for being……him. I hope so.

  7. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    You know, while staring into the flames of that house fire I realized that they are also helping to solve the housing crisis and separating rich (liberals) from their money.
    While you watch your house AND your car go up in flames, you can take comfort in the knowledge that Paul Krugman says this stimulates an economy.

  8. Hedgehog says:

    Obama and all of his Communist bosses belong in jail. Of course, for merely writing this they would like to have me shot. Go figure. Communists. They’re great, aren’t they?

  9. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Lucifer bought one of the first Volts to roll off the assembly line last year. He sets it on fire every morning, then jumps in, and cruises the banks of the River Styx. He LOVES the car.


  10. TED says:

    An exact reflection of this administration.

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