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.


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