PHOTO CAPTION: GM CEO Dan Akerson heads out to Capitol Hill in Chevy Volt.

How the Volt Became a Political Punching Bag

Administration critics seize opportunity to use NHTSA battery fire investigation to beat up on GM and the Obama White House.

Published: 30-Jan-2012

There's one thing about General Motors (GM) CEO Dan Akerson: He doesn't shy away from a fight.

Called before a congressional committee on Wednesday to testify about a safety investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, Akerson was blunt.

The political hullaballoo around the car cast "an undeserving, damaging light on a promising new technology," said Akerson, who drove to the hearing in a Volt. "We did not engineer the car to become a political punching bag."


Patrick Wang's Chevrolet Volt

Pam Allen reports on various Chevrolet Volt owners who are reporting on their experiences with the electric hybrid.

Retired oil company executive James Brazell takes delivery of his Volt at Lindsey Chevrolet in Virginia.

Through February 28, 2011, the company has sold 982 Chevrolet Volt electric hybrids.

Volt test vehicle in 35 mph frontal crash test

Besides NHTSA rating, the Volt also has been named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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