General Motors is making more ridiculous claims on the Chevy Volt by flooding the web with stories of how 100 million electric miles have been driven since the Volt’s much-hyped inception. Let’s put the boasting in perspective. In the two plus years that it took for Volt drivers to put on 100 million miles, gas-powered vehicles logged over 5 TRILLION miles in the US. It would take only 5,000 cars traveling 10,000 miles a year to log 100 million miles in two years. The Volt has fallen far short of sales goals and has cost taxpayers billions of dollars in subsidies to reach the much-publicized but unimpressive milestone. So, what’s the net reduction in gas usage in the US as a result of the Volt’s accomplishment? Less than .002%.
Only the most extreme green energy ideologue and Volt proponent could brag about saving less than .002% of gas at the cost of billions of taxpayer dollars. But logic has never come into play when wasting taxpayer money to support failing green initiatives like the Volt. When you put the statistics in perspective, the truth about the Volt surfaces. And the truth is that the car has been a much-hyped, politically-motivated waste of taxpayer money that is losing money for GM shareholders as well as for taxpayers.