Taxpayers to get charged as Pentagon buys up Chevy Volts
The Chevy Volt, the plug-in car that has been plagued by sluggish sales and mounting losses since General Motors rolled it out in 2010, has one deep-pocketed customer: the Pentagon.
The Department of Defense is planning to purchase 1,500 electric cars including Volts as part of its effort to make the military more environmentally friendly. But given the federal government’s bailout of Chevy maker General Motors, President Obama’s praise of the Volt and the car’s long-running problems, the federal purchase is likely to become the latest controversy in the Volt’s short life.
The vehicle has been forced to suspend production twice this year and will again suspend production later this month after only 2,831 were sold last month.
The General Services Administration bought 100 Volts in 2011 for various agencies.
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