Thanks, tperkins. This article puts GE’s announced purchase plans at 3000 Volts per year. IF GE purchased those 3000 in 2012 (and not more), that would make GE purchases some 13% - more than 1 in 8 - of GM’s 2012 Volt sales. I had forgotten how large GE’s purchases were supposed to be! The article also details several local governments’ Volt purchases and mentions that Verizon has purchased an unspecified number of Volts.
Why do I think GE and Verizon significant? GE’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt is a Obama White House insider, and GE has benefited from various regulatory moves. Verizon is similarly continually dealing with government regulatory agencies for approvals of various business moves. So:
*“Nice CFL you got there, GE. It sucks that consumers aren’t buying enough to make it very profitable. And it sucks that requiring a high power factor would make it expensive and more difficult to produce. Howzabout we force incandescent lights off the market and permit low power factor, and you can owe us a favor later?”
“You want to sell of part of your spectrum, Verizon? And want to merge with T Mobile? Gotta have FCC and SEC approvals, ya know. Howzabout we grease those skids, and you can owe us a favor later?”*