It's no secret that the United States Postal Service is in trouble. They've officially lost billions of dollars every year since 2007, and 2012 was a record year for operating losses.
UPS has become yet another poster-child for the ill-intended effects of Obamacare.
As a government program, the Volt will have to fit somewhere between Social Security and the US Post Office. That said, the Volt would make an excellent, all-electric, US Postal stamp, collectors' edition. As a car though, it sucks.
Meandering through the articles in the New York Times can occasionally be instructive as opposed to the normal of being infuriating. The thing is that they are oblivious to how they have educated you.