DC Trawler

Obama delivers kiss of death to the Chevy Volt

By now we’re all familiar with the White House’s usual Friday afternoon document dump. Now they’re dumping a whole product line.

Detroit Free Press:

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23…

Last fall, the GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spent several weeks trying to explain why two Volts whose batteries were punctured caught on fire after sitting around for at least a week.

It seems like only yesterday that Obama was saying:

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Silly wingnut. That was the day before yesterday! Well, let’s hope they saved him one. They’ve got plenty left over.

Don’t worry about not getting your Chevy Volts, America. Algaemobiles are right around the corner. Did I say “corner”? I meant “unicorn.”

(Hat tip: JWF)

P.S. Hey, guess whose fault it is? Go ahead, guess. No, not him, but that’s a good one. Nope, not her either. Give up? Okay, go ahead and look.

P.P.S. Riddle time!

Q: What’s the difference between an Edsel and a Chevy Volt?

A: Look at your next paycheck.

P.P.P.S. In an effort to boost name recognition, GM is changing the name of its beleaguered electric car to the Chevy Slut.