Thursday, December 1, 2011

GM Offers to Buy Back Volts

To say this is any less than HUGE would be a big understatement.

General Motors will buy back Chevrolet Volts back from any owner who is afraid the electric cars will catch fire, the company CEO said Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, CEO Dan Akerson insisted that the cars are safe, but said the company will purchase the Volts because it wants to keep customers happy. Three fires have broken out in Volts after side-impact crash test done by the federal government.

Akerson said that if necessary, GM will recall the more than 6,000 Volts now on the road in the U.S. and repair them once the company and federal regulators figure out what caused the fires. (Source: Big Government)

Many of you are aware that I have been blogging about the Volt for the past year. The links are too numerous to link here, but if you are interested in updating click “Chevy Volt” on the left sidebar. I recommend you start with this one, then work your way through the post. Mike over at Stately McDaniel Manor has also been posting on this subject.

Golly, I wonder if GM would buy back my truck if I suddenly was unhappy with it. They wouldn’t, mostly because I don’t drive a Chevy, but also because they aren’t trying to keep the customers happy, they are trying cover their backsides. As far as I can tell none of the other models in the GM line are in danger of spontaneous combustion while resting in the garage.

One more thing I’d like to point out. The mileage the Volt delivers per charge has been sliding backwards. When GM initially released the Volt, there were some who said the Volt would get upwards of 75 miles per charge. In this recent commercial GM has dropped that distance to 35 miles.

1 comment:

  1. Um, so tell me, are they going to pay the customer with the next bail out money that we have to come up with? They have already stated that they lost money this last quarter, or so I thought I read! And they get union perks, and , and, and.....Where is this money going to come from is all I am asking? This is certainly bigger than the stuff they tried to put on Toyota for pedals that didn't work or did they? Toyota is not a union shop and most of the autos now are built here in America with American workers who get a better package than unions could possibly give out and the workers spend their money here in America, not on foreign soil........HMM!!! Just curious about all this stuff...
    Thanks for post about this issue...VERY INTERESTING
    Love from NC