General Motors has announced it is recalling 8,000 Chevy Volts in an attempt to save the lives of their customers. As we have already reported the Chevy Volt gets great fuel mileage but are horrible on your garage. Now when I first heard that GM was recalling 8,000 Chevy Volts my first reaction was… are there really 8,000 people crazy enough to buy one in the first place? That’s not a fair comment is it? After all who wouldn’t want a futuristic car that can go a full 35 miles without any gas at all?? 35 miles! Yee Haw!!
The problem is, the Chevy Volt is a lemon. An electric, garage incinerating lemon, to be precise. And now the government errrr…. I mean General Motors is confessing to the mess by recalling all 8,000 of them and attempting to retrofit and make them, shall we say… less explosive?
It’s not that I am against electric cars, in fact I think there will come a day when we might all be driving them around. Yet that day hasn’t come yet. Currently, good old fashioned combustion engines are still the safest, most efficient way of getting from point A to point B. Electric cars will ultimately succeed or fail based on customer demand within the free market (assuming the free market survives), electric cars will not succeed through the coercion of the federal government ramming these vehicles down our throat before the technology has been adequately tested and proven to be a superior.
For me… I will take a fuel guzzling classic American Muscle car and I’m not giving it up until they rip my 500 horsepower V8 from my cold dead hands.