“Is the commitment to the American public or is the commitment to clean energy, that we are going to get there any way we can?” Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) asked. “When the market is ready … it won’t have to be subsidized.”
Democrats on the committee defended the Volt, accusing Republicans of using the battery fires during testing of the vehicles to score political points against the president.
“I wouldn’t want this committee’s activities on this issue to discourage companies like GM from continuing to innovate,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said. “We don’t want to be buying lithium-ion batteries from China in five years.”