Fraternal Twins – Save for the Sticker
by Seton Motley
From the So-Painfully-Obvious-We-Shouldn’t-Have-to-Run-This-Study Department:
Shocker. What are those sticker prices?
(T)he base price of a Toyota Prius comes in at $24,995 but the plug-in version starts at $32,795. The Chevrolet Volt starts at $39,995.
The $51 billion-bailed-out General Motors (GM) Volt is completely uncompetitive with its un-bailed-out electric/hybrid competition.
Heck - it isn’t even competitive with other Chevys.
The recent announcement of the $41,000 price tag on the Chevy Volt disappointed many fans—and spurred debate about the taxpayer dollars required to bring the plug-in hybrid to life.
But the new Chevrolet Cruze shows how General Motors is hedging its bets on the Volt’s high-cost components by installing them on a high-volume model.
And the American people aren’t buying? Shocker.
But wait -- it gets worse.
So the Volt is completely uncompetitive at $40,000 - and GM loses $49,000 on each one it makes. “A waste of money?” Not at all, President Bailout.
But wait - it gets worse. As of the end of 2011:
Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether....
So the Volt has, by now, received well more than $3 billion in government subsidies. To make the equivalent of a $17,000 car - that retails for $40,000 and costs $89,000 to make.
(T)he (electric/hybrid car) market only represents only 0.3 percent of total industry sales....
Billions well spent.
In no small part because GM - the company in which we are conscripted investors - is wasting tens of millions - and the Feds billions more - tilting at Volt windmills.
Seton Motley is the founder and president of Less Government. He is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, and activist. Please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Facebook - it’s his kind of stalking.