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Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, dubbed the "Auto Industry's Best Friend," is practicing what he preaches. The long-serving senator is now the proud owner of a Volt, the first sold by the LaFontaine Chevrolet dealership. Excited about his new purchase, Levin said:

It'll come to Washington. I'm taking it to the airport to pick up my wife, and I'll be driving it all weekend. I don't want to have anybody but me and my wife drive this car the first couple of days. But then the staffer who was really dying to drive this car back to Washington got the luck of the draw, so he'll be driving it back.

Levin has long been a proponent of clean vehicles. Along with his brother, Michigan U.S. Representative Sander Levin, he pushed for legislation that raises the cap for tax credits for hybrid and electric vehicles from 200,000 to 500,000 per manufacturer. Not only does he stand to benefit from the fruit of his labors, but the increased amount of vehicles eligible for the tax credits will certainly help President Obama's goal of getting a million electric vehicles on the streets by 2015.

[Source: Heritage]


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      harlanx6
      • 3 Months Ago
      I sure like the Volt's technology, but the execution remains to be seen as the poor customers finish the R & D for them. Give the Volt a year or 2 and then let's ask the owners what they think. I hope they are every bit as good as they say, but I have been screwed by this company before. I bought a 1980 Chevy Citation!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad he didn't buy one in Virginia. Driving 525 miles means his lifetime mpg is going to start off around 40 mpg and it will take forever to get it up where it belongs. But I doubt a Michigan senator is going to buy a car outside of his own jurisdiction. But it does show, again, just how simple living with a Volt is since it has a range extender.
      Note to GM, increase the AER, even a few miles, and you also need to decrease the MSRP, soon! Keep the great press going by delivering improvements.
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      We got to give him the credit, even though for a Michigan politician it's a no brainer. Newsworthy? Not so much.
        • 3 Months Ago
        @harlanx6
        Very true! Especially true since Congress and Obama criticised Allan Mullany for the use of Ford's corporate Jet. Bill Ford Jr retaliated by threatening to publish a list of which politicians bought American, hours travelled by Jet, and for what purpose!

        After that, both Congress, and the Man in the White House, became very silent!
        harlanx6
        • 3 Months Ago
        @harlanx6
        "They shall fear the light of day, for by that light shall they be exposed." john harlan