Monday, May 25, 2015

CRONY CLIMATE CAPITALISTS: 6,000 First-Generation Chevrolet Volts Still Sitting On Dealer Lots

"Once a loser, always a loser" may be the new motto of Government Motors:

...before Chevrolet can concentrate on selling the all-new version of the plug-in hybrid EV, it needs to find a way to move the overstock of first-gen models currently sitting on dealer lots."

According to The Detroit Free Press, Chevy dealers had about 6,000 2015 Volts on their lots at the end of April, more than twice the amount of Volts the automaker sold in the first four months of 2015. An enticing 39-month lease at $299 per month and $1,649 due at signing is currently being offered on 2015 Volts, but the majority of owners would still rather wait for the new model to arrive.

The 2016 Volt will travel 50 miles under electric power alone before its 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine kicks in to help charge the car’s lithium ion batteries. By comparison, the outgoing model will travel just 37 miles on electric power and uses a less efficient 1.4-liter engine. Chevy has also confirmed the 2016 model will start at $33,995 before a $7,500 tax credit, which is more than the first Volt’s current average transaction price of $30,607, but probably not enough to turn customers away and buy the cheaper first-gen car.

Cheaper gasoline prices have curbed interest in all electric and hybrid cars, with sales of plug-in hybrids like the Volt falling 33% year-over-year.

In 2012, Reuters reported that GM was losing about $50,000 on each Volt it produced. Experts estimated then the Volt cost about $90,000 each to produce.

What a freaking debacle.

And all in a day's work for Obama and his merry band of green energy crony climate fraudsters.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.


Unknown said...

Wonder what the shareholders think?

jay said...

It's not necessarily a bad business decision. Sure, they lose money on every car sold. But the purpose of the Volt was never to make money from car sales. The purpose was to appease government regulators. By assuring the government that GM is "on their side" on global warming and environmentalism, they help to stave off crippling government regulations, maybe even punitive government actions. It's very difficult to judge the effectiveness of that sort of lobbying. It's possible that it's paid off. Welcome to socialism, friends, where the way to prosper is most definitely not to build a better product, but rather to get on the good side of government officials.