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Chevy Doubles Down on Failing Electric Cars

The Chevy Volt is one of the biggest product and marketing flops in history.  This is completely separate of the vehicle's technology.  The product, which is sold at about half the cost needed to make it and is heavily subsidized by the government, does not have a fraction of the consumer demand required to manufacture a vehicle.  The Chevy Volt was produced because the Obama White House wanted to appease their liberal environmental radicals.  Following the Volt's failure, Chevy is debuting an all-electric small car, the Spark EV.

The pure electric vehicle was unveiled at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show.  The Spark EV will cost less than the competition, primarily because it'll be sold at a loss and it's subsidized by taxpayers.  The unknown cost, however, will still be double than its gas counterpart, the Spark, which starts at $12,000.  Purchasing this vehicle would not be logical, it would based on emotion.

An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow.

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt sedan, which can run in all-electric mode but also has a backup gas engine, the Spark EV is a pure electric. GM won't say how far the car will go on a charge, but says it will be a top performer among the small number of EVs available. The current leader, the electric Ford Focus sedan, can go 76 miles on a charge.

Demand for electric cars is almost non-existent.  Toyota even realized that social demand is not enough of a motivator to build a vehicle.  They make up 0.65% of the U.S. automarket, making the zit on an ass of an elephant feel proud.  With such dismal demand, it's clear the government owned General Motors (GM) is still taking orders from the White House.

Demand for electric cars has been anemic so far. GM and other automakers have fallen significantly short of EV sales targets, especially as gas prices have fallen. Electrics remain expensive, and drivers are concerned about getting stranded too far from a charging station. While the Spark is great for city drivers who need to fit into tight parking spaces, those drivers may not have garages or other spots to charge up their cars at night.

This is type of innovation found in the Soviet Union: government dictating the private market.

Chuck Justice is the editor-in-chief for Habledash.

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