Posts Tagged ‘Volt’

Flat-earthers vs. Obama’s pipe dreams …

March 19, 2012

OK, so anybody who wants to keep using fossil fuels, to drill for oil and gas in the U.S., and to buy gas for a couple of bucks per gallon is a member of the flat earth society, lacking the the President’s vision.

Why Obama wants to insult the vast majority of Americans is beyond me, but that’s his tactical choice.

So far, the GOP has simply thrown back softballs: Solyndra, the Volt and the many other alternative energy busts.

Given my lack of tact, if I were a Romney adviser, here’s the line I’d offer up to Mitt:

“President Obama and I both have pipe dreams … mine in the Keystone Pipeline bringing oil from Canada … his goes back to his college days, I guess.”

Two for the price of one.

Keeps focus on the money wasted and lack of results from the President’s alternative energy gambles … and dregs up some old stuff re: Obama’s drug use that got wiped under the carpet in 2008.

Not rumors… straight from the horse’s mouth.

Obama first told of his early drug use in his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” … published audaciously just after he became president of the Harvard Law Review.

He wrote re: his personal experience:

“Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”


Picture source:  Coed Magazine,
“10 Most Influential Pot Smokers”


I guess that I hadn’t thought of the full range of hardships inflicted by the bad economy …

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GM: The Volt isn’t about how many you sell … say, what?

December 2, 2011

According to the WSJ:

  • The company sold 1,139 Volts in November, bringing sales to 6,142 this year.
  • GM will miss a target to sell 10,000 Volts in 2011.
  • GM has 134 day’s supply of the Volt, while the Nissan has a 21 day supply of the Leaf, the only other electric car on sale in the U.S. mass market.

GM’s reaction: “The Volt isn’t just about how many cars we sell …. This car is revolutionary.”

Speaking of revolutionary …

GM offered to buy back Volts from any owner who fears the car is a fire risk amid a U.S. safety investigation of its lithium-ion battery.

Not exactly a textbook example of Crossing the Chasm …

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Chevy Volt’s battery catches fire … oops.

November 15, 2011

The Detroit Free Press reports that a Chevrolet Volt caught fire several weeks after a crash test.

The electric vehicle had been subjected to a low speed (20 mile-per-hour), side-impact test for its crash safety rating.

Apparently, the crash punctured the Volt’s lithium-ion battery, and though it took a couple of weeks, the vehicle eventually self-combusted – i.e. it went up in flames.

General Motors believes the fire occurred because the testers didn’t drain the energy from the Volt’s battery following the crash, which is a safety step the automaker recommends.

Government officials are weighing the need for new safety rules that could require first responders to drain electric vehicles’ batteries after a crash.

Note, they’re not investigating how to make the Volt safer, they’re determining whether fire-fighters have to drain the batteries when they arrive at an accident scene.

Cmon man …

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