General Motors announced this morning that it's throwing a hail Mary pass to save its business and reputation with its new electric car, the Volt.
The one big unanswered question is where this new car will be built. That should be Michigan and more specifically, I feel it should be the city of Lansing, the birthplace of the deceased Oldmobile and a location with a long history in automotive manufacturing.
Lansing and many other areas of Michigan have the manufacturing infrastructure and the labor force to get the job done. And, of course, there are all the statutory tax breaks that localities and states can give. I know that Michigan can compete on all counts.
It's hard to not get excited about this new vehicle that could be a game changer for the business that was literally born in this state and in this part of mid-Michigan. GM is promising smaller lithium-ion batteries and a long ride on one charge and a small gasoline powered generator to charge up the battery.
I almost feel like a kid growing up in Bay City, MI during the sixties, waiting for new car models to come out. I'll be at the dealership when the Volt comes out. How about you?
Check out this video report uploaded to YouTube last month from a news report. This is hot stuff.