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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Let's Keep It Real

Like most rational people, I have a lot of problems with the viability of General Motors' answer to global warming - the Chevy Volt.  Small things like eye-popping price and woeful inutility.

But igniting batteries isn't one of them.

That's why, when I read about a couple of them catching fire in recent weeks, I knew that we were looking at an aberration, not a design flaw.

As it turns out, we were looking at an aberration, not a design flaw.

(Want to start your own battery fire in the garage at home?  Go out and buy the wrong size battery - one with top posts - and mount it under the hood of your car.  Seat the battery such that the positive and negative posts make contact with the metal hood when you close it.  Stand by with a fire extinguisher.)

So the Chevy Volt doesn't explode because of faulty design.  Such the relief.

Now if they can just do something about the fact that it costs as much as a three-bedroom home and requires a ten-hour charge after each one-hour trip to the grocery (you have to live in my world), the Volt might actually be something that that 99% of America we've been hearing about might actually be interested in buying.