Way back when the Chevy Volt was taking center stage in GM’s case for bailout (as in give us one, or you won’t get the Volt), the Obama Administration’s task force on autos was not amused. “While the Volt holds promise, it is currently projected to be much more expensive than its gasoline-fueled peers and will likely need substantial reductions in manufacturing cost in order to become commercially viable,” was just one of the knocks the pols gave the then-mule-stage Volt. And even though the Nissan Leaf has since proven that the Volt is also “much more expensive than its pure-electric peers” the White House’s official car guys have changed their tune.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the Obama Adminstration will buy the first 100 Chevy Volts… because unlike most Americans they can afford to pay non-commercially-viable prices for their green-mobiles. Oh, and did we mention they own the company too? That might have had something to do with it. And though it’s nice to have customers for your overpriced green image machines, this announcement sees to confirm once and for all the Volt’s inherently political raison d’etre. And to think that the folks who put Government Motors back together again nearly killed the Volt in the first place.