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The U.S. wants to buy the first 100 Chevy Volts that GM produces.
The government is a big fan of GM's new electric vehicle

On Wednesday the 2011 Chevy Volt achieved an important milestone, with a pre-production model rolling off the assembly line in Hamtramck, Michigan.  Previously pre-production Volts have been built by hand and tested.  Porting the process over onto the assembly line was a critical step in preparing to commercially deploy the vehicle.

States GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant manager, Teri Quigley, "We have a very experienced workforce at this plant and through all of their preparation and training workers here have been given the privilege to take GM into the future with this car."

The plant is expected to continue to build pre-production models until late this year, when it will jump to a production build in preparation for the November 10 launch.

In other news, in order to meet its fuel efficiency goals, according to 
Ward's Auto the government says it wants to buy the first 100 Chevy Volts produced by GM.  The government has vowed to cut its fleet's fuel footprint by 30 percent by 2020.  The government also expressed interest in Chrysler's upcoming plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) Dodge Ram.  It, however, has not yet expressed interest in the top-selling Ford Fusion Hybrid.

GM has responded to the government's intent to purchase the first 100 Volts.  It released a statement remarking:

We are pleased to see that the Federal government is interested in the greening of their vehicle fleet. Media speculation has led to reports that the GSA and DOE will be buying the first 100 Chevrolet Volt's because we will meet this criteria. At this time we have no further details regarding these purchases.

The Chevy Volt is the first electric vehicle to be mass produced in America (Tesla Roadsters are manufactured overseas and in small batches, while the mass produced 2011 Nissan Leaf will initially be produced in Japan).  It gets 40 miles on a charge, thanks to its 16 kWh battery.  It can be charged from a 120-240VAC standard residential outlet using the SAE's new standards compliant SAE-J1722 adapter.  It can also extend its range to over 300 miles, by employing a small built in 4-cylinder gas engine.

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Conflict of interest?
By JonnyDough on 4/5/2010 2:41:58 AM , Rating: 2
This appears to be a conflict of interest, although perhaps not. In the end the government may simply be trying to free us of foriegn oil and keep a major company (GM) alive. World trade is what the economy is all about. Clinton signed a trade deal with China, Bush went to war with Iraq to buy time by getting us more oil, and Obama is continuing to try to keep us wealthy and a major world power by buying stock in GM and promoting electric cars. America is wealthy today not because of resources, but because of energy. We still produce and use more energy (coal, nuclear, and oil) than any nation on earth.

In the end this may all pay off for America. The government is BROKE (think TRILLIONS of debt) and the only thing they can really do is to keep us going and stay a major world power.

The ones in leadership see more accounting figures than any of us. Money = power. They know that. They try to retain power through wealth. National security depends on being a military power, and America let's face it...we need to be that. We don't want anyone else to have more military power. So often we seem to think that if we would slash our military we would be safer and more wealthy. Well, you're wrong. There are nations out there that would quickly wage war on us and take our land. Political leaders of these nations don't lead the charge, they just command it. They have no fear of the United States. It's statistics that keep them at bay. Military statistics. Power. Through wealth.

So is your government working for you? It's likely. It just doesn't look like it because they can't come right out and say that they have to be greedy and go to war and buy large parts of American corporations in order to survive.

I will still take a greedy capitalist government over the rule of other countries governments like China or Russia. To imagine that them invading us and controlling us would be ok is just insane.

We can fight and argue all we want but when the sh!t hits the fan our government is there and does its job. Remember 911?

There is a spirit in this nation unlike any other, because we are accustomed to freedom. It shall persevere - as long as we keep a vigilant eye on Uncle Sam and voice ourselves when we feel compelled to (acts of domestic terrorism are not helpful to anyone, and I speak to groups like my fellow Michiganders who are in militias...). Our privacy and freedoms are important. Don't ever let anyone take away your constitutional rights.

They are constantly amended, the law does work, it changes with time. Just don't allow them to be changed in ways that strip us of our rights. The Patriot act is one of the worst things to happen to America in a long time. It may be helpful in fighting terrorism but it is also a major infringement upon our rights.

I also disagree with seatbelt laws and raising of taxes, and cameras on the street corners. If these things were properly addressed I'd feel better about being an American, and better about our government.

That is all.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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