In an environment where light bulbs can be a partisan issue, I guess it's not that surprising that electric cars are politicized too. And so it has happened with the Volt, Chevy's new extended-range electric vehicle. Washington Post columnist George Will sees it as an example of “meretricious accounting and deceptive marketing . . . . foist[ing] state capitalism on an appalled country.” Rush Limbaugh calls it "Obama's new car," deriding the fact that Motor Trend named it the "2011 Car of the Year."
“[O]f all the cars in the world, the Chevrolet Volt is the Car of the Year? Motor Trend magazine, that’s the end of them. How in the world do they have any credibility? Not one has been sold [and] the Volt is the Car of the Year.”
This led to a lively riposte from Motor Trend ("If you can stop shilling for your favorite political party long enough to go for a drive, you might really enjoy the Chevy Volt. I’m sure GM would be happy to lend you one for the weekend. Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.") and from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, who called Limbaugh's comments "un-American."
Despite the right-wing bloviators, the first Volts will go on sale in December, and GM has announced that it is hiring 1,000 new workersto help build the car and future electric and hybrid autos. The company has also released this very cool time-lapse video of a Volt being assembled. You'll have to tune in to Limbaugh's show to learn why American workers assembling a cool car with breakthrough technology is a bad thing.