Lyle Dennis, one of the world's biggest Chevrolet Volt
fans, has an idea on how to help the new halo car roll off the assembly lines at high numbers and help General Motors
out of its current economic programs. The idea was inspired by the effort the US made during the Depression and World War II and would make the US General Services Administation
, which is responsible for procuring government vehicles, buy massive quantities of Volts to replace the current government fleet. These Volts would be sold to the government at premium and without a battery warranty
. This would be a very symbolic move, and would really help GM's
bottom line while also boosting the car's development. For one thing, the critical batteries would be massively promoted and publicly tested. Dennis thinks 100,000 vehicles would be a good number for the US fleet. According to the Federal Fleet Report for 2007, the government operates a fleet of 231,213 vehicles. About 22,000 are replaced each year, so this is a five-ish year plan. Now, is it a good one?