I have an idea that could help the US automobile industry and yes for the record I support a federal government bridge loan to US automakers (with some parameters) – this is an incredibly misunderstood industry!!! Anyway the idea:
The US federal goverment should issue an RFP for its ENTIRE fleet using the qualifications of the GM Volt to set the criteria. If the Volt wins, the US government would support adoption, could become part of the R&D advancement of energy efficient cars. This would be a strategic approach to supporting US industry and more than just throwing money at an inflated economic situation/crisis.