The Chevy Volt is a technological marvel!

Posted by: Phineas on October 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

For 1896, that is:

Meet the Roberts electric car. Built in 1896, it gets a solid 40 miles to the charge — exactly the mileage Chevrolet advertises for the Volt, the highly touted $31,645 electric car General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called “not a step forward, but a leap forward.”

The executives at Chevrolet can rest easy for now. Since the Roberts was constructed in an age before Henry Ford’s mass production, the 115-year-old electric car is one of a kind.


As the New York Times reported September 5, “For General Motors and the Obama administration, the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid represents the automotive future, the culmination of decades of high-tech research financed partly with federal dollars.”

So, in return for trampling the rights of bondholders and investing $50 billion taxpayer dollars (1) in order to protect the UAW, President Obama (2) has shown us the “automotive future” — a car that would have impressed… President Grover Cleveland.

Oh, why the heck not? His economic policies are right out of the 1930s; why not go back another 40 years?

Forward… into the past!

via JustOneMinute and QandO

(1) Of which you can assume a significant portion was borrowed from China.
(2) Oh, and you’ll be happy to know the administration ordered the purchase of 110 of the marvels of Green tech.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “The Chevy Volt is a technological marvel!”


  1. Ted Henkle says:

    I saw this the other day. I love your “Grover Cleveland would be impressed” comment! I titled my post “Gov’mint Motors’ Wayback Machine.”

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Tim Barnes says:

    Just wondering…how many Fed dollars did the inventer of the Roberts receive?

  3. H Hazell says:

    My dog and I were checking out a Volt at a local Chevy dealer. I asked the price and, when told, started laughing. The dog promptly moistened both left tires and we got back in our Chevy ReVolt (aka Silverado 4X4) and went to the lake to watch wind surfing.

  4. Carlos says:

    The Roberts got just as much fed financing as any other business of the day.

    But, of course, we were not a socialist nation then.

    Forward!!! Back to the future!

  5. Tim Barnes says:

    Carlos, I’m assuming you knew that my response was t.i.c. I believe our entrepreneurs and inventers would be much better off without gov’t interference other than the patent office.

  6. Carlos says:

    Tim, my remark was for the edification of people like Zach, whose whole worldview revolves around the necessity of government to make all our decisions for us and that no one is capable of making it on their own.

    Of course, with the present state-run education system, he may be getting close to the truth with the youngins.

  7. this car represents the same future for us as those solyndra solar panels.