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At least for one particular part of production. In fact perhaps this could be a great way to increase our share of North American manufacturing. Simply close the plants across the moat:
"CBC News reports that an Ontario General Motors' plant where Chevy Impalas and Equinoxes were built will be closed down, costing Canadians around 2,000 jobs. GM reportedly plans to partially move production of the Impala to its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan. You may remember the Hamtramck site from the Chevy Volt commercial which trumpeted the building of Volts there. It now seems that low demand for the Volt has led to the plant having enough time to build other, conventionally-powered vehicles. While the Volt may have been the car GM "had to build," it appears that consumers would "prefer" them to build cars like the Impala."You think?
Lets see. Less VOLTS = less taxpayer subsidies, more electricity available for our playstations, and more Impalas built in the USofA.
And a few less bridge tolls.
Win, Win, super win. Right Guv?
Oh, and anyhow, it probably has more to do with Obummer's recently noted JOBS stagnation,(and all the adjustments downward of the previous gains noted) and trying to make those up.(2,000 at a time) To heck with the cannucks when there's an election to be won!
H/T Paul Chesser
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By JGillman, Section News
Ahh the upside of accepting those federal monies. - H/T Joan Fabiano
Electric car owners now get to be free loaders as an additional benefit of purchasing the Leaf, Volt or other eco-recommended units of transportation. As Part of the problem with EV solutions has been the short distances they can travel, the feds have made sure seed money is there for charging stations. 8-10 hours of charging can now happen at the I-75/Dixie Highway carpool lot.
And by golly it appears as though there will be no charge for the juice.
"Grand Blanc Township, which already pays for the electricity lighting the carpool lot, will cover the electric cost for the charging station as well. Coulomb Technologies, Inc. provided the electric charger station and the Grand Blanc Community Fund paid for its installation. The project was started with money provided through a federal grant. "
So while we as taxpayers in general have shoveled out the taxes to pay for the incentives for the automakers ability to sell the over-sized and costly little rascals, then paid for the grant to fund the set up of this little pitstop, Grand Blanc Township taxpayers get to subsidize the electricity to run other folks' stuff.
Huh, it sounds like a great campsite for RVs too. Pack it up Good Sams, there's a new KOA in town.
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By JGillman, Section News
Its worse than we thought.
Back a couple of months ago, we had a few discussions here about the pitiful sales of GM's Chevy Volt, even WITH the monster government incentive. A $7500 rebate just didn't cut it for target buyers of the electric boondoggle of Detroit's once upon a time premier automaker, and sales are worse than flat.
The profits from said eco-box wouldn't pay for the engineering alone much less the tooling and employee cost.
However, the employee cost has apparently brought a little fear to the dues collecting part of the team. So much so, that they have begun to market the volt to a new constituency that is more likely to be swayed by talking green frogs, giant yellow birds, and a fear of drowning polar bears.
Our children. At our public schools.
A little more below.
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