Krauthammer: “The Chevy Volt is a Disaster”


obama-volt[Video below.] Renowned Washington Post columnist and pundit Charles Krauthammer says that “The Chevy Volt is a disaster….it’s extremely expensive, every time you buy it the purchaser has to pay $41,000, then a federal government subsidy of $7,500, so it’s a $50,000 car.”

Krauthammer added: “The only people who are going to buy it are going to be very rich people who are going to park it outside their townhouse for ostentatious show of how virtuous they are while they drive around in their Cadillac Escalade.

“This is a classic example of what happens when the political and ideological desires of an administration are imposed on a private company…It’s not how many jobs you create or even save, it’s can you sell a product in the market that will make a profit? Otherwise, it’s a farce.”

Click below to watch Krauthammer’s remarks:

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  1. The Chevy Volt, President Obama Rush Limbaugh and Charles

    Electric cars are a mess, according to Rush and Charles. Rush said it is “nothing more than an expensive way to promote the environmentalist agenda,” as summarized his views. Rush has singled out the Chevy Volt, a car he claims has limited technology and a steep price tag. Limbaugh seems unable to grasp the fact that over time technology improves and becomes far more affordable. The first cell phone, for example, cost $4,000, weighed two pounds and could only go 30 minutes on a charge, according to Nowadays, cell phones weigh just ounces and are given out for free by service providers.

    I’ll bet that back in the 1980s, before he was famous, Rush probably marveled at the brick-sized cell phone used by Michael Douglas’ character Gordon Geckko in the movie “Wall Street.” Rush probably pulled out his three-pound, first-generation handheld calculator, did the math, and concluded that only rich Wall St. titans like Gekko could ever hope to afford big, cumbersome cell phone technology.

    On the way home, Rush likely bemoaned the fact that he’ll have to shell out money for movie tickets for the rest of his life since devices that allow people to watch movies at home were rather expensive and would always be that way. Good thing it was a short trip, because his bulky Walkman only stored a single cassette tape – not that portable music devices could ever be capable of storing thousands of songs and fit in the palm of your hand or anything.

    Once home, Rush no doubt sat down to play Pong on his TV, thinking how unfortunate it is that video games will never catch on because the graphics would always be so crummy. But, hey, it beat watching television since it could never be possible for a TV to get more than just the same four old channels.

    Rush would have played on his computer, but computers had, and would always have, so little memory, which makes them kinda boring. “ If only there were a way to get news and entertainment over a computer,” Rush undoubtedly mused. “Nah, it could never happen.”

  2. The technology used in the Volt is the same technology that has been used in railway locomotives, ships and submarines for the last eighty years but with better batteries. What you have is an electric motor powered by an on-board battery driving the the vehicle with a conventional gasoline engine driving a generator to charge the battery. The current Volt, after the initial battery charge is depleted, is actually less efficient than a conventionally powered auto.

    The hope is that, in the future, the conventional gas or diesel engine used for battery charge can be replaced by a fuel cell which would result in a true zero emissions auto. As it stands now, after the first 40 miles, you’d get better with any conventional small to mid-sized car.

  3. Mr. Orwell, such marvels that you describe only happen when the private sector runs the show, not when the government makes a prototype just to make a point and then controls the private sector to prevent it from developing the technology even further.

  4. Isn’t the $7500 a credit for the buyer, i.e. a tax rebate? The article seems to imply that it is a tax. A $41,000 car with a 7500 rebate is a $33,500 car, net.

  5. #4 – And much longer than that to justify driving a german or japanese car and I’m not referring to the “price”. That however has not stopped “unzere” from driving these disgusting cars (and even showing them off). When I see it in heimishe communities, the sickening feeling I once had long ago returns. Hashem Yerachem. It’s always about money and you call yourself a zeide??

  6. Goerge you sound very tired. Mr. charles Krauthammer allways has it right – as you expect from a jewish doctor.

  7. #8 “Rebbe mechabed ashirim” i’m happy when i see “Unzere” driving fancy cars as long as they can afford it. Except Nazi cars, this bothers me too.