The Chevrolet Volt won the 2011 Car of the Year at the North American Auto Show, but somehow, I doubt that Americans are patriotic enough to buy it.
It's much easier for Americans to buy the Japanese-made Nissan Leaf just so they can turn around and blame President Obama for an economy that is steadily recovering-thanks to his leadership!
Something happened to us a long time ago. I wish I could put my finger on it, but we Americans stopped believing in ourselves and allowed the world to take over.
Did we lose our sense of purpose because John F. Kennedy was assassinated?
Did we lose our way during the Eighties when we decided to scrap all of the ideas we had to promote our independence from foreign oil?
Did we just become insecure during the first ten years of the 21st Century, after we built the bridge to this time?
It was not long ago that American auto manufacturers had beaten the Japanese in sales. Now that General Motors has emerged from bankruptcy with a vengeance, it's hard to imagine American consumers placing their faith in their neighbour's ability to build a good electric car-especially when Americans had built some of the best hybrids and fully-electric autos over a century before.
Believe it or not, the first electric car was built in 1830 by Robert Anderson of Scotland. As usual, we Americans were too chicken to take the lead at first and waited sixty-five years before we would builld an electric car. Unfortunately for us, a Belgian by the name of Camille Jénatzy designed an electric car which held a land speed record-68 miles per hour.
The first American gas-electric hybrid was built in 1916 by a man named Woods, according to my-dreamcars.com.
We finally decided to build electric taxis, which were put into service in 1897-sixty-seven years after someone had already built an electric car.
We Americans have had many chances to redeem ourselves since then, but instead chose to vote for people who killed alternative enegy programs. Ronald Reagan comes to mind.
Do we believe in ourselves enough to buy a Chevy Volt or even a Tesla? Americans can take the lead in manufacturing again-if we don't wuss out....as usual.
Either buy a Chevy Volt, buy a Tesla or don't complain about the economy.