Comments: EV Follies for August 10, 2011

Re: #1. I heard this story too and had trouble making sense of it. The claim is that sales are being restricted by supply and that there is unserved demand. It is possible that dealerships have a waiting list of buyers and don't want to sell or transfer their only volt (demo model) to the first guy who comes along. If lots of dealers are communicating this demand to the corporate HQ, then incfreasing production may be warrented. The proof will be sales figures after produciong ramps up. A pretty costly mistake if they are wrong. But the, they aren't gambling with their own money so the decision is pretty cheap.

Posted by Profesor Hale at August 10, 2011 07:39 AM

Dear Professor:

Indeed, and that's precisely the problem. If GM, as a private company, wants to throw away its money, that's just fine. I'm not involved. But when the money they're wasting is in part mine, that's quite another matter.

Posted by Mike Mc at August 10, 2011 10:23 AM

What I find interesting in the Pop Mech story is, at the end, it sounds like he's going to charge up and drive again. In his place, I would tell the boss, "Test drive over. Car is a fail."

Posted by MikeM_inMD at August 10, 2011 08:21 PM