-- In talking with Tom Read in Product Communications, he
says this concept
car is totally electric. It has a 40-mile range with a lithium-ion
battery pack. This reflects GM's commitment to becoming a
global leader in alternative propulsion systems.
You can plug it
in to a 110-volt outlet for six hours, giving it a range of
640 miles. It has an engine powered electric motor with a
generator that generates electricity. It takes about six and
a half hours to charge the battery. The motor can run on gasoline,
ethanol, bio-diesel or a hydrogen fuel cell. The motor produces
121 kilowatts of power.
Some added features
include the ability to hold four or five passengers. It also
has driver and front passenger air bags. The Volt was designed
for passengers that drive 40 miles or less to work everyday.
The exterior styling is very sharp and its being engineered
for production intent.
Some experts predict
it could be production ready by 2010 to 2012. The only setback
is the cost of a battery. GM is looking to find a lower cost
battery so they can begin mass producing cars like this one.
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rear view of the new chevy Volt electric car.