The Chevy Volt - You're paying to build it...and to investigate it
So taxpayers are subsidizing the Chevy Volt to the tune of $7,000 per car so that people can use batteries instead of gasoline, all this from a nation currently in massive debt. Now that the batteries are beginning to explode, the Federal government's NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is opening an investigation that will surely cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars.
Why subsidize this car at all? There are now several new subcompact cars with internal combustion engines that get over 40 mpg. The technology is better and gas engines are much more efficient than a decade ago.
If you get 40mpg on the highway with an internal combustion engine vehicle and spend 2/3 the price of an electric car, why not do it, as the analyst says in the video below. And, you don't have the refueling risk (i.e. where can I plug in to recharge on my trip into the suburbs?)