Obama's Folly

Remember how Obama couldn't stop singing the praises of the Chevy Volt? Obama made the BIG announcement that every person who purchased a Volt would receive a $7,500 rebate--at taxpayers' expense. So guess how many Volts were sold in 2011. No, go ahead--take a guess. 30,000? Not even close. 20,000? Come on--stop fooling around. The car that Obama believes will change the future of the automotive business sold a grand total of 7,671 in 2011! The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has calculated that the total subsidies for the Volt could add up to $3 billion. Wow--what a deal we got for our taxpayer dollars!


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I wouldn't say it's Obama's folly, since it was planned and designed well before Obama started his campaign for the 2008 election. The car's history probably goes back to 2005.

GM is now recalling all the cars it sold due to the battery-fire problem that it spent a lot of 2011 trying to deny. Of course, this is a new type of thing for Americans: Using a battery pack for your car's energy is different than a tank of a volatile liquid fuel. The pack is still "live" in every sense of the word, and after a crash can produce fatal shocks from exposed metallic innards. It's fairly certain that this exposure caused the fire in the test GM Volt at a crash-test facility in 2011. What's interesting about that fire is that it occurred several weeks after the crash test, in which the vehicle just sat in a lot. Something must have changed in the car's wrecked structure while it sat there, and then there must have been a short, causing a spark, which then set the vehicle ablaze. In other words, even wrecked, the vehicle is a hazard; I would say especially wrecked, the vehicle is a hazard.

Of concern here is what to do with wrecked GM Volts when on the road. Hosing them down with water would be hazardous to the firemen, since it could cause a short, even an electrocution. I've skimmed a few articles that mentioned that fire crews would have to carry a shorting pack or some sort, that can be connected to a GM Volt's battery pack and thus drain it, much like you'd drain a battery for safety purposes using a high-wattage resistor. I can only imagine what a shorting pack like that would cost, since the GM Volt's battery pack carries up to 16KWh of energy, which is about half as much energy in one place that the avg American household uses each day. Trust me; that's a LOT.

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