Mitt Romney's become fond of criticizing the Chevy Volt, saying he doesn't want the government to tell automakers what kinds of cars to make, but it won't be the government that forces him into an electric vehicle; it'll be market forces from Asia. The growing demand for petroleum there will soon make fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Volt an absolute necessity in the United States.
Romney's latest swipe at the Volt came after General Motors announced Tuesday that 40 percent of its March sales consisted of cars that got more than 30 miles to the gallon -- it became the first automaker to sell more than 100,000 such cars in a month. Speaking in Wisconsin, Romney did not sound terribly impressed by that, ThinkProgress reported: "I’m not sure America was ready for the Chevy Volt. I mean, I hope it does well, I don’t want to disparage any product coming out of Detroit. But I think instead of having politicians tell us what kind of cars we ought to make, we ought to let the people who are trying to understand the market make that decision," he said. Previously, TP noted, he'd laughed off the Volt and its ilk in December as "an idea whose time has not come."