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Chevy Volt Concept

Production Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt MPV5 Concept
GM revises its all-electric range for the Chevrolet Volt

At lot has changed with the Chevrolet Volt since it was first shown in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2007. Gone is the swoopy bodywork (which was deemed elegant, yet not aerodynamic enough), support for E85 fuel (the Volt now requires premium), and the gas tank was cut in size from 12 gallons to less than 8 gallons.

One thing that remained constant through this constant state of change with the Volt program over the past three years has been the electric driving range of the vehicle. General Motors has always stuck to a 40-mile range for the vehicle on battery power alone. Now, however, GM has revised the battery range to "25 to 50 miles" according to the Associated Press.

GM spokesman Rob Peterson says that the revised range figures come as a result of extended testing including operating the Volt in extreme temperatures. Other factors that will come into play include whether the driver is traveling on flat or hilly roads, whether the HVAC is operating, or if the driver has a lead foot.

By stating this change now, GM may avoid complaints from customers in the future who don't achieve the previously stated 40-mile battery range. On the flip side, Volt owners who drive on absolutely perfect/level roads, don't run the AC, and drive miserly can at least be delighted at the potential for 50 miles of battery-only travel.

The additional driving range provided by the gasoline engine/generator remains the same at 300 miles.

GM expects to build 10,000 Volts by the end of 2011 at a cost of $41,000 each (before a $7,500 tax credit). The company hopes to boost production to 30,000 the following year.

The Volt will be joined at a later date by the Volt MPV5 which offers a crossover body style and seating for 5. GM stated that that the vehicle would have an electric driving range of 32 miles at its announcement – there's no word on what the revised figure will be once it reaches production.



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RE: To much money....
By Gungel on 9/24/2010 10:01:06 AM , Rating: 0
Again, that's why it has a range extender to recharge the batteries while driving. This expands the driving range to 400-500 miles


RE: To much money....
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/24/2010 10:03:04 AM , Rating: 3
Range extender provides 300 miles, not 400-500.


RE: To much money....
By Gungel on 9/24/2010 10:08:28 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, was getting a little bit to exited.


RE: To much money....
By bhieb on 9/24/2010 10:57:31 AM , Rating: 3
So are you saying there is a fixed limit of 300? Or is that the electric range + 1 tank of gas. I'd always presumed you could fill up the gas tank and drive forever, just like a normal car. This conversation however makes me question that, otherwise why call it an extender, and squabble about a "max" range since there would be none if you could fill up the tank and keep driving.


RE: To much money....
By Keeir on 9/24/2010 11:11:23 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, its a bit of a squabble

People don't care about the Max Range (so much).. its an attempt to find out the Extended MPG figure. Take Max Range/Size of Gas Tank...

But what people don't realize, we have guesstimate figures from marketing about random internet people for those numbers...

Hopefully soon we will get these numbers... certainly when the Volt goes on sale.


RE: To much money....
By acer905 on 9/24/2010 12:31:46 PM , Rating: 3
It's a fixed limit only in the way that it will act like any car, and run out of gas. Of course, you can simply fill up the tank and go some more, but there is a max range for any car really. Its just a term for the absolute longest distance you can travel before needing to refuel


RE: To much money....
By Ammohunt on 9/24/2010 2:49:26 PM , Rating: 1
its a moot point you overlooked the Too much money part.. from the OP.


RE: To much money....
By marvdmartian on 9/24/2010 3:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
Unless Steve Jobs makes it. Then it will magically extend mileage to 10,000 miles, so long as you buy the upgrade package. Cost is $5,000 (cost to produce 50 cents).


RE: To much money....
By Hiawa23 on 9/24/2010 7:35:09 PM , Rating: 2
I will stick with gasoline like vehicles most folks.


RE: To much money....
By knutjb on 9/24/2010 7:44:19 PM , Rating: 2
Me to the tech is still way below that of current ICE for the majority.

Just a thought, could they be getting nervous about Ford's recent EV mileage announcement?


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