In his 2011 State of the Union address, Barack Hussein promised to have 1,000,000 electric cars on America’s highways by 2015. Idiot sites like Business Insider seem to think we’re almost there,with headlines like today’s, “People bought tons of electric cars in July”, and that’s probably where Mr. B and his advisors get their news from, but us non-Harvard types tend to read deeper than mere headlines (or resumes) and in reality, those “tons” don’t add up to much.
Sales of plug-in electric cars in the U.S. continued their rise in July, as Nissan delivered more than 3,000 Leaf battery electric cars and Chevy more than 2,000 Volt range-extended electrics.
It’s was only the second time that the two cars together have sold more than 5,000 units in a single month; the first was last August, when 5,771 were delivered.
The first report this morning came in for the highest-selling electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf. It logged 3,019 deliveries last month, bringing its year-to-date total to 15,755.
While this wasn’t the Leaf’s highest-ever single sales month — that would be this past May, at 3,117 — it’s fully 62 percent higher than the 1,864 sold in July a year ago.
Nissan attributed the sales growth to its No Charge To Charge promotion, which is now in 10 markets across the country. “Leaf sales in the northeastern U.S. are also picking up,” said Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of LEAF Sales and Infrastructure, “with new tax incentives for Massachusetts and Maryland residents.”
Those “incentives” – forced contribution from taxpayers to greenies, amount to $7,500 per car in federal money, plus $1.4 billion tax credit for Nissan to build a factory partially-dedicated (only 300 workers assemble Leafs there, due to low demand). The state subsidies Nissan’s spokesman refers to are an additional $2,000 in Maryland and $2,500 on Massachusetts.
So, how many Volts is 2,000? Well, GM delivered 256,160 vehicles this past July, including 23,584 SUV’s: Yukons, Suburbans and Cadillac Escalades. All without extra taxpayer subsidies.
While loyal citizens still have five more months to help Barack achieve his goals, things are looking dim. Unless, of course Mr. B exercises his executive powers and changes the calendar, or orders all of us to by electric cars before year-end, but what kind of ruler would do that?