The Town Crier

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Would you give up your 6.7L Cummins Diesel pickup truck for an electric car?


If you said no, then you are not alone. 

If you live in Cape Vincent, NY and said no, chances are you are pro industrial wind, are a big fan of British Petroleum, and an even bigger fan of the biggest baddest pick up trucks on the market.

If your are pro-wind and actually believe that wind turbines in Cape Vincent will reduce our dependance on foreign oil why aren't you putting your car money where your mouth is and driving an electric car?


There should be no problem finding one. There are so many electric cars out there, unsold and sitting on lots, that Chevy has halted production for five months.

First the lack of adequate supply was to blame, an then the dealers supposedly didn’t have a show car that interested buyers could check out. We’ve heard them all about the Chevy Volt and shook our heads in disbelief. The worst one of all was when we heard in December that GM would increase Volt production to 60,000 in 2012.

But now, the reality of an expensive, not-so-efficient car has hit and then some. With sales falling way short of expectations, GM has 6,300 in inventories. Considering the 7,671 delivered last year, the decision to cut production is justified. Taking into account the current level of demand, the six thousand plus cars would last 154 days.

As a result, the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan will stop making Volts for a total of five weeks starting March 19th. "We need to maintain the right inventory levels and continue to meet demand," GM spokesman Chris Lee told Automotive News.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Wiley, you've got another point to make related to your photo of the wind-electric car.

If people aren't flocking to electric cars because they can't find a socket for their plug, then what does it say about owning and using a wind-electric car sitting in a ditch in Chaumont waiting for the wind to blow so you can get home to your family, dinner and sitting beside the hearth?

Can you imagine calling home during your evening commute, "Hey honey, put dinner on the back burner because I'm becalmed on the side of the road outside Chaumont."

Sound ludicrous right? Would ANYONE buy the wind-electric car for commuting to Watertown? You'd get fired from your job for being late and unreliable. Sound familiar?

But this loony-tune scenario helps us see why commercial wind is a joke. If this country is unwilling to sit on the side of the road waiting for the wind to blow so they can make it home, then commercial wind is a joke. If employers are unwilling to accept their workforce didn't make into work because they are all on the side of the road, then commercial wind is more than a joke - it's a disaster! Regrettably, the joke is on us because we are spending a ton on supporting this goofy idea.