Chevy Volt: The Car From Atlas Shrugged MotorsIt was this same Forbes magazine that once crowned the Ford Edsel as being one of the "worst cars of all time." But that distinction was handed out mostly because the buying public - and the Forbes critic - considered the car to be really ugly. The Volt isn't ugly (or any uglier than all the other subcompacts coming off the line today). It's just woefully designed, terribly inefficient, unreliable, and expensive as all git out.
Patrick Michaels, Forbes
The Chevrolet Volt is beginning to look like it was manufactured by Atlas Shrugged Motors, where the government mandates everything politically correct, rewards its cronies and produces junk steel.
This is the car that subsidies built. General Motors lobbied for a $7,500 tax refund for all buyers, under the shaky (if not false) promise that it was producing the first all-electric mass-production vehicle.
At least that's what we were once told. Sitting in a Volt that would not start at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, a GM engineer swore to me that the internal combustion engine in the machine only served as a generator, kicking in when the overnight-charged lithium-ion batteries began to run down. GM has continually revised downward its estimates of how far the machine would go before the gas engine fired, and now says 25 to 50 miles.
It turns out that the premium-fuel fired engine does drive the wheels--when the battery is very low or when the vehicle is at most freeway speeds. So the Volt really isn't a pure electric car after all. I'm sure that the people who designed the car knew how it ran, and so did their managers.
Why then the need to keep this so quiet?
... Volt sales are anemic: 326 in December, 321 in January, and 281 in February. GM announced a production run of 100,000 in the first two years. Who is going to buy all these cars? [link]
Is the Chevy Volt on its way to becoming "The Worst Car of All Time"?
And can General Motors afford to achieve that distinction?
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