Plugging it in–the Volt

You know, we’re “Buy American” folks, first, last, and always. Indeed, we favored GM, Ford, and Chrysler… that is, until the government stuck their collective noses into the mix.
A few columns ago in the Newswire we mentioned the electric cars are getting the cart before the horse: No infrastructure in place to charge your electric vehicle away from home. Too, a large influx of electric vehicles would place a strain on our current ability to provide the extra electrical energy in a grid that is already taxed nearly to the breaking point.
In our column we picked on the Chevy Volt that we understood had a range of only 100 miles. The car lists for something more than $41,000 with average appointments.
It seemed to us the limited range idiotic, particularly for a one-car family. “What do you do when you get to the 100-mile limit?”, we pondered. Surely it is only good for running to the store or taking the kids to school… short jaunts.
So, we asked: “Oh no, it’s 425 miles,” a service guy told us. “At the end of the 425, you pull into the gas station and fill up.”
“What?”, we asked.
“Well, the car has a little gasoline generator on board that keeps the batteries charged.”
Swell.
So much for reducing our overall dependence on foreign oil.
America’s Big Three auto makers traditionally made pretty good cars meeting the desires of the buying public. If not, they would fail, and almost did, except the federal government bailed two out with billions of dollars… all except Ford, which is doing quite well without.
All of this simply illustrates the folly of the federal government nosing into any business. “Too many cooks spoil the broth” is a pretty good old cliché to use in this case.
The federal government needs to get out of the way, period. — Dan Lee

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