The action starts with a petition, called Tell Ford and GM: Ethanol is Not the Answer! that will be sent to Alan Mulally and Rick Wagoner. Co-op America asks for signatures, obviously, but also gives suggestions, mostly talking to local dealerships, on how else to take the give-us-PHEVs-now message to Ford and GM.
In effect, this is a petition drive created by the automakers. They tease the public with cool concept cars, but then don't deliver. As Co-op America's corporate responsibility programs director Todd Larsen said in a statement, "Ford has announced a partnership with Southern California Edison to produce such cars in the next 5-10 years. Chevy unveiled the Chevy Volt concept car, a plug-in, at auto shows this year. We are asking thousands of concerned consumers nationwide to tell Ford and GM to stop promoting corn-based ethanol, and focus instead on increased fuel efficiency and plug-in hybrid vehicles as real solutions to the climate and energy crises."
What about you, will you sign? Is this drive a good strategy? Should we let the companies decide on their own what's best, or is a unified, pro-PHEV customer front exactly what is needed?
[Source: Co-op America]