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PHOTO CAPTION: Chevy Volt's MSPR at $41,000 prices it in the upper middle-class car market.

Electric-drive Cars Will Face Ideological Barriers

John Crisp takes on Volt critic Jonah Goldberg in this oped.

Published: 23-Aug-2010

Will Americans ever embrace automobiles that run on electricity rather than gasoline?

The Chevrolet Volt, an all-electric car supplemented by a range-extending gasoline engine, is on the market, but its $41,000 price tag puts it well beyond the means of most Americans. In fact, Jonah Goldberg, of the American Enterprise Institute, contends in a recent column that the target market for the Volt is trendy, young professionals who have given in to a guilty conscience over the harm that the internal combustion engine has done to the environment.

Or who at least want to appear as if they care about pollution and global warming. The Volt, Goldberg says, is an expensive gadget that will help "affluent hipsters ... preen the plumage of their political sanctimony."

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