I felt like I'd just spied a Yeti or a Jackalope. Or the Tooth Fairy. A Chevy Volt, on the same road I was driving! I had to grab my phone and snap a quick picture (traffic was stopped. I swear). Otherwise who would ever believe me?
Coming the very day after I'd read this analysis by the esteemed Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the sighting felt like serendipity at work. Mackinac's James Hohman crunched the numbers and determined that US taxpayers subsidize production of the Volt to the tune of around $250,000 per vehicle. Let that sink in. $250 thousand, per car, to allow a handful of people wealthy enough to shell out $40K on a crank-up version of Chevy's most stripped-down compact sedans to indulge their moral superiority complexes. (Related Post: Pols Preen In Green... and we pay).
I felt compelled to roll down my window and demand that the driver thank me (as a self-designated representative of all taxpayers) for our generous support of his personal green fetish. I didn't, because that would have been - you know - a little too Planter's Cocktail Mix. And besides, with the length of the traffic back-up we were both sitting in the poor guy was probably stressed enough wondering if he'd make it to the nearest EV charging station in time.
I hope he made it. Honest, I do. Can't have "our" investment sputtering out on the Pike.