Social, Economic, Enviromental Responsibility

Does Anyone Remember the EV1?

GM to Sell Chevy Volt for $41,000; Lease Terms Close to Leaf’s – BusinessWeek.

Chevy is rolling out another electric car. Except this time, it’s a plug-in hybrid. A supposed “jack of all trades” deal that combines the best of an electric car with the best of a gasoline engine.

Forgive me if I’m a bit skeptical. But allow me to explain.

To begin with, the car is being leased. GM’s failed electric car the EV1 was also leased. For some unknown reason, GM pulled all the leases of the EV1s in one fell swoop. What is to prevent this same thing from occurring?

Secondly, when automakers have tried to combine uses, they’ve failed miserably. The boat mobile, El Camino, and Lamborghini’s SUV come to mind.

Could a boat mobile go in the water? sure. Could an El Camino haul a load of lumber? Of course. Could the Lambo SUV go off road? Why not?

Except none of them could do it very well, and to make it worse, they were horrible cars to drive. There’s no room in an El Camino for passengers, boat mobiles are slow on the road, and a Lamborghini SUV? Come on.

Lastly, the former head of GM himself when asked about the EV1 said that the American Consumer isn’t going to pay more for a product that does less.

Yet how much is the Volt retailing for?

That’s right, about $15,000 more than the 2011 Camaro.



Jeep has a commercial for its new Grand Cherokee. It is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Putting aside the environmental implications for just one moment, listen to what the commercial is saying. See what it is calling for and hearkening back too.

America is a nation of builders, designers, creators. We’re a nation of doers.

White collar and blue collar, we make things. And we make things well and beautiful.

But we’ve been emasculated by those who cannot do, who cannot teach, who cannot make. A nation of cowards who are afraid to get our hands dirty.

At what point did this happen?

We face serious issues, environmental and other, that need that rare combination of excellence, brilliance, and hard work that America is known for. And we’re dragging our feet?

When did we become cowards? When did we become impotent?

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