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It's Official: Jennifer Granholm Has Lost It

Jennifer Granholm has ushered in Michigan's devastating economy that has sent so many who have called Michigan home fleeing for better economies elsewhere. The sham bankruptcy and government and UAW take over of Chrysler and the impending government and UAW take over of General Motors are neon signs that the automotive industry is on its last legs. No one who understands how businesses are run seriously expects any company run by the government and UAW to actually make a profit. None the less, the Governor is acting as if nothing is wrong and that the Big Three automakers are going strong. She writes this at the Huffington Post:

Out with the old gas guzzlers of the past. Out with the old thinking of the past. Out with the old politics of the past. Out with the old rust belt.

May was the first month of the New: new technology, new ideas, and a new era of cooperation that will purposefully drive Michigan and America into the new clean-energy future.

Michigan's Big Three automakers, the UAW, Michigan's world class engineers -- they are working together to reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than ever before in this country's history. It's not Silicon Valley. It's not Route 128. It's Motown that is making a more significant impact on global climate change than any other place in America.

In addition to the new fuel efficiency standards, May was also the month that five innovative new Michigan companies submitted their applications to the Department of Energy to receive federal funding to design and build the advanced batteries that will power the electric vehicle of the future. Their applications are backed by $700 million in state incentives.

In Michigan, we're not only redesigning the current generation of vehicles to be more fuel efficient, but as the world's epicenter for automotive research and design, we're literally redesigning the entire notion of the automobile. The Chevy Volt will be the first ever mass produced car designed around a lithium ion battery pack rather than an internal combustion engine. Ford is preparing for the introduction of a full line of new hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and just announced their first fully electric vehicle will be made at an efficient Michigan factory. Chrysler is also electrifying its product lines, with announcements to come. The key challenge we need to overcome to make the transition to an electric vehicle fleet is perfecting the battery.

Really? Perfecting the battery is the key challenge? What is the color of the sky in this woman's world? GM and Chrysler are shells of their former selves. Note how she conveniently leaves out the US government's role in two of three auto makers. With the government and UAW running GM and Chrysler, their best days are behind them, yet Granholm expects us to believe that UAW/Government motors will produce cars people will want to buy? When was the last time the government - any government - designed and manufactured a product that was high tech, efficient, reliable, and affordable?

Update: Hey, guys, there is a bigger issue than perfecting the battery. The government and UAW, two organizations that have never run anything at a profit, have to keep these damn companies afloat! They don't even have a sustainable business model outside of parasitically feeding off the government.


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Comments (18)

So what will be the affect ... (Below threshold)
Eric:

So what will be the affect on the power grid when millions of people plug in their cars every night?

my parents had Chrysler veh... (Below threshold)
arcman Author Profile Page:

my parents had Chrysler vehicles almost all my life. I have always liked them. Thanks to BHO and his takeover of Chrysler and GM, I will never buy another product from either company.

Politicians, local, state a... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Politicians, local, state and federal, will have to go to a designated place to give long speeches. The hot air produced, though rich in CO2 should be enough to drive windmills at a rate that will enable America to charge up their cars. Obama alone should be able to handle Maryland and Delaware. Gibbs will power DC.

When was the last time t... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

When was the last time the government - any government - designed and manufactured a product that was high tech, efficient, reliable, and affordable?

A car for all The People. The People's Car. The Volkswagon? The irony will be too rich when Herr Brocko mandates a 'people's car'. But don't dare say we have a national socialist party.


Every day the nightmare get... (Below threshold)
Buckhunter:

Every day the nightmare gets worse.

Michigan and Detroit are e... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Michigan and Detroit are exactly what happen when you let Dems run things.

A long time friend of mine recently decided to live 186 days a yr in FL. His business is still based in MI, but, since he is taxed on a personal level, those greedy bastards will get NONE.

This is as entertaining as seeing 'the rich' start to leave MD because of Dem tax spend and tax policies.

BTW, has anyone yet seen if Hooson has answered the question of when the last time a Dem led Congress has given the US a budget surplus? One would think someone who acts as if he knows so much, would at least know that.

BTW, has anyone ye... (Below threshold)
Eric:
BTW, has anyone yet seen if Hooson has answered the question of when the last time a Dem led Congress has given the US a budget surplus? One would think someone who acts as if he knows so much, would at least know that.

The answer takes less than 2000 words and doesn't involve one of his many companies.

Brilliant, as usual, Kim. W... (Below threshold)

Brilliant, as usual, Kim. Well said.

Earth to Granholm, Earth to... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Earth to Granholm, Earth to Granholm, come in Granholm. Ms Granholm will shortly be bitten in the ass by the same reality that is currently stalking Obama. But then, in their world WORDS means something. Unfortunately those WORDS are not concrete objects. Five or Ten years from now, Granholm will be saying 'that we're just around the corner on new battery technology'.

"Thanks to BHO and his take... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Thanks to BHO and his takeover of Chrysler and GM, I will never buy another product from either company."

I wont even buy a used car from either company.

In 6 years I foresee that both companies will either be out of business or will have gotten another $50 billion in handouts from the govt. if not both.

The Chevy Volt wil... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
The Chevy Volt will be the first ever mass produced car designed around a lithium ion battery pack rather than an internal combustion engine.

Sorry, the BYD F3DM went on sale in China 12/15/08 for about $21,900 US, which is about half the expected price of the Chevy Volt.

Really? Perfecting the battery is the key challenge?

I know it seems like another misinformed statement, but in this case it's correct. Making a battery that lasts 10 plus years, works in both hot and cold climates, recharges fast, has a reasonable cost, and has a high enough energy density for a practical electric or plug-in hybrid car is the "Holy Grail" of moving passenger transportation from oil to the electric grid. I doubt seriously that this breakthrough technology will come from car companies in Michigan as they're already well behind.

The advantage is that electricity can be generated from any energy source. If you believe in AGW these would be green sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and maybe nuclear. If you don't believe in AGW the list includes coal and domestic oil and gas. Either way you get closer to energy independence and that's a goal most Americans support.

The power grid is designed to handle the peak load which occurs during the day in most locations and that peak load is two to three times the average load. Electric companies build base load plants to supply the average load and they build peaking plants to supply the peak load (demand) power. Currently the power grid can handle the equivalent of one plug-in hybrid vehicle per single home in most locations if they are charged off peak (at night). Special switches are already in use that could be used to limit charging to off peak hours. Millions of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles would have to be in use before there was a major issue with the power grid unless those vehicles were concentrated in one or just a few locations.

You also forgot two things ... (Below threshold)
Hermie:

You also forgot two things about batteries, they have to be disposable without causing environmental hazards, and must be safe to use by the public. Batteries can explode, causing fires and releasing toxic chemicals. (It has happened to laptop PC batteries which are similar in chemical composition to proposed electric car batteries.)

I'll bet you Ford dumps the... (Below threshold)
CDR M:

I'll bet you Ford dumps the UAW and leaves Michigan for right to work states. Largely due to how Obama has handled GM and Chrysler but also Michigan's Governor economic ineptitude.

You also forgot tw... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
You also forgot two things about batteries, they have to be disposable without causing environmental hazards

They don't need to be disposable, but rather recyclable. Toyota recycles the nickel metal hydride batteries from the Prius, for example.

and must be safe to use by the public. Batteries can explode, causing fires and releasing toxic chemicals. (It has happened to laptop PC batteries which are similar in chemical composition to proposed electric car batteries.

The batteries used in laptops and cell phones are lithium-ion type using the lithium cobalt oxide chemistry. The batteries for the Chevy Vote and the BYD F3DM are also lithium-ion type but use the lithium iron phosphate chemistry. Compared to lithium cobalt oxide, the lithium iron phosphate chemistry is cheaper to produce, much less likely to overheat or explode, environmentally safe, and has a higher energy density. It's still not the breakthrough technology that would make electric cars practical, but it's sufficient for plug-in hybrids where an on-board IC engine is used to extend the range.

The reason the plug-in hybrid is important is that most people drive less than 40 miles a day, so most of the time a vehicle like the Chevy Vote or the BYD F3DM don't burn any gasoline. If you do need to go further than the on-board IC engine generates the needed electricity, and thus, it has the same range as a normal car. Such vehicles allow the nation to move a long way toward electric powered passenger transportation without any infrastructure changes.

The real world lessons learned from plug-in hybrids will go a long way in helping the development of pure electric cars.

Mac, you forgot another thi... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Mac, you forgot another thing about batteries. The damn things have to work. We've been trying to find this grail for 50 years, and we still can't come up a solution. Maybe we should wait until we get one that works before we place all our chips on it.

Mac, you forgot an... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Mac, you forgot another thing about batteries. The damn things have to work.

They work sufficiently well now for use in vehicles like the Chevy Vote and the BYD F3DM. As you can see from the quick raise in gas prices the Obama administration hasn't reversed the rule change that allows any asshole with money to speculate in oil. That's because Obama likes high gas prices as it fits into his green agenda. When the global economy recovers you'll see gas at over $4 a gallon again. If the carbon tax passes it will be $5 or $6 a gallon. In that market companies will be able to sell all the plug-in hybrids they can make and people who buy them will adapt their driving so that they seldom need to by gas. Over time that will permanently reduce the demand for gas, which will stabilize the price, but once the carbon tax passes, gas will never be cheap again.

Evidently you are still bli... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Evidently you are still blinded by the belief that you live in a free country. What types of cars Americans WANT to buy will become irrelevant. We will be FORCED to buy vehicles from Hussein motors, inc. The tax on Toyota, Honda, Nissan and yes FORD will direct our "freedom of choice". Like Hussein said...you ain't seen nothin yet.

I've had couple of though... (Below threshold)
corwin:

I've had couple of thoughts about this for quite a while.
1) It may be you don't have to be real intelligent to graduate from a law school.Even Harvard.2)THE SECOND IS MORE PROVOCATIVE.wHAT IF JG IS THE REAL JOHN GALT?




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