Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Newt Gingrich Out-Sniped on Chevy Volt Gun Rack

"You can't put a gun rack in a Volt," Newt Gingrich has been laughing along with his audiences at campaign stops in Georgia and Oklahoma.

Not so fast, responds GM spokesman Rob Peterson, sticking up for his American-made product:

"Fuel efficiency -- not the availability of a gun rack -- is one of the top purchase considerations for all new vehicles. "However, if accessories for the Volt are that important to Mr. Gingrich, we'll gladly send him a product brochure."
But the better response comes from a Chevy Volt owner, who simply mounted a gun rack in the back of his Volt:

I'll bet you could also put a pistol in the console or under the front seat. In fact, one of my high school teachers in the 1970s kept a loaded pistol under the front seat of the little Datsun he drove to and from school.

I have been thinking about getting a Volt for a year now, even though I have no interest in making new car payments and living in the city I have no place to plug it in. The battery fire stories also dampened my enthusiasm a bit. So I guess I'll keep driving my Jeep.

You can say what you want about cool SUVs and pickup trucks, but these hybrid electric cars are cool too. I rented a Prius a few years back on a trip to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, coasting down from Hurricane Ridge with no sound but the wheels on the pavement and driving up the beach at Washington Shores with the window down and nothing but the crunch of the sand and the roar of the Pacific.


buddeshepherd said...

Thanks for bringing up a pet peeve. I like new technology. I would love to have an electric pickup or better yet a small diesel electric. I also like to save money on my fuel bill. I drive a 1989 F250 with a gasoline 460 cu inch engine and a 1964 Studebaker with a small v-8.
I resent the "green" marketing. I think electric vehicles could be quite useful and practical. I don't mind government helping to promote them and think that as the technology improves, sales will improve.
But I hate the idealogical marketing campaigns. And I tend to dislike the Prius owners ive met.
So, whatever...

Anonymous said...

The all electric vehicle movement ignores the fact that the electricity that runs their "clean" cars primarily comes from coal fired generators. These generators are the largest source of point source pollution in the U.S. Nice try at being green.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

We do have plenty of our own coal to generate electricity, or so I'm told.

One of my hesitations is battery life, as I understand they have to be replaced every 10 years.