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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."

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