Tuesday, November 25, 2008

US Government should buy Chevy Volt

Lyle Dennis' GM-Volt.com website today has posed a plausible solution for General Motors as well as the Government in this latest plea for help. His idea is quite simple and basically calls for the GSA (General Service Administration) to purchase Chevy Volts in large numbers as fleet replacements. I like the idea a lot, although it leaves the other two automakers somewhat in the lurch.

Here is an exceprt from the website:

"These Chevy Volts should be sold to the government at premium and without a battery warranty. Each vehicle should be sold at a profit. And in so doing, and assuming sufficient battery pack quantities can be produced, they could be released earlier than the November 2010 deadline.

As well, supportive governments of the G8, and US utility companies should also be permitted to purchase these fleet Volts under the same constraints.

The result of this action could lead to contracts resulting in the sale of more than 100,000 Chevy Volts. Indeed, the current US government vehicle fleet amounts to greater than 600,000 cars.

Not only will this effort help ensure GM’s viability but it will help vigorously propel the US towards petroleum independence.

It will act as a stimulus for the eventual electrification of the entire US automotive fleet, will enable large scale public exposure to these US-made vehicles, and permit extensive field testing. Furthermore it well expedite economy of scale cost-reduction for large format lithium ion batteries, and make these cars more affordable for the public."

Do you think this idea has a chance? I believe it would if there was a similar offer made to Ford and Chrysler. One thing is for sure, if something like this were to happen, it would quickly bring down the sales price of the Chevy Volt.

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