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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: Who Cares?
By Spuke on 9/24/2010 12:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
There's, unfortunately, a lot people out there that STILL don't know there's a gas engine in the car despite the thousands of articles on this.


RE: Who Cares?
By Dr of crap on 9/24/2010 12:40:47 PM , Rating: 3
Now you take all these comments, and remember that this isn't a Toyota or Honda, but a GM and you see what a failure it will be at THAT PRICE!

There is nothing special about this car. The Pruis has been out for years, and costs thousands less.

Hell the Honda car( I can't remeber the name right now), the Prius clone, doesn't sell very well. How is GM even thinking it will sell this car!

Make it get over 40 mpg no battery power and NOW you've got somthing


RE: Who Cares?
By Spuke on 9/24/2010 1:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There is nothing special about this car. The Pruis has been out for years, and costs thousands less.
This car is not the same as the Prius. You know it, I know it. Don't pretend it's otherwise. Thank you and have a nice day.


RE: Who Cares?
By Digimonkey on 9/24/2010 1:32:44 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure he knows it? It seems like he doesn't understand the difference to me.


RE: Who Cares?
By Spuke on 9/24/2010 4:47:07 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Are you sure he knows it? It seems like he doesn't understand the difference to me.
He's been in these threads before. He's just being a porcupine.


RE: Who Cares?
By farquaid on 9/25/2010 2:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Make it get over 40 mpg no battery power and NOW you've got somthing


I dont know the weight of the car but it looks like a medium sized. 40 mpg no battery , running e85 probably isnt even possible.

The 37.5 mpg with battery sounds decent but not impressive, if running on e85.


RE: Who Cares?
By Hoser McMoose on 9/25/2010 8:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
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Now you take all these comments, and remember that this isn't a Toyota or Honda, but a GM and you see what a failure it will be at THAT PRICE!

This is GM's halo-car, so it will be extremely reliable. GM knows that it *MUST* be reliable so, like Toyota did with the Prius, they GM will make it reliable.

Making a car reliable these days isn't rocket-science. The problem is that reliable = expensive and the trick is to make a car that is sufficiently reliable for the right price. Even when the Detroit 3 were producing junk and Toyota held a HUGE advantage in reliability, Toyota could only demand a two or three thousand premium for their reliability.

But here GM isn't too worried about the price of the Volt, that should be obvious from the price-tag. Just going from the extra cost of the batteries and electric drive train this car should cost around $30,000 to $35,000. It is, after all, based around the Chevy Cruze that sells for $16,000, however making a car like this reliable right from the get-go takes time and adds cost, hence the long development cycle and the high cost.

That doesn't make it an economically sound choice, but I personally would not be concerned about the reliability of this car.


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