Former president George H.W. Bush buys a Chevy Volt
And the Volt won its first Republican presidential endorsement from George H.W. Bush, whom according to a Chevy manager in Houston just took delivery of a Volt as a birthday gift for his son Neil Bush. (Another Volt buyer this month: Obama's former auto czar Steve Rattner, who tweeted that he'd bought a silver one and loves it "even though not financially savvy.") Obama has already pledged to buy one once he leaves office, giving GM a bipartisan set of presidential endorsements.
Even with the shift to summer fuels adding another 20 cents a gallon to gas prices, the Volt's sticker will keep it from being a runaway hit -- but that also makes it just unique enough for it to work as a statement vehicle for those who can afford it, no matter what the polarity of their politics might be.
Photo by jurvetson via Flickr. Thanks to Chelsea Sexton
All-electric car pays quick visit to Clear Lake
Chevrolet Zone Manager Steve Flynn told the crowd that plans were under way to put up charging stations all around Houston to accommodate those with plug-in vehicles, adding that he had just finished delivering a new Volt to President Bush 41, who had purchased one as a birthday gift for his son, Neil Bush.