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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 Dorkyman on 9/24/2010 1:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
To me there is nothing at all magical about the "battery-only" range. So what if the engine kicks in a little sooner.

I don't know how they arrived at the electric range, but I would have issued a simple report stating the 10% and 90% points on a bell-shaped curve of prototype test driving results. People are smart enough to understand that.

But they made a marketing mistake by insisting on premium fuel. That shatters the "green" image they sought to create. Also, it's from ObamaMotors, with all the baggage that brings along. Too bad. When a similar vehicle comes from Toyota or Nissan and as scale of production drops the price significantly, I'm in.

RE: To much money....
By Hoser McMoose on 9/25/10, Rating: 0
RE: To much money....
By Nutzo on 9/27/2010 1:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's much more likely that Toyota doesn't see a large enough market for a small, $41,000 EV.

Wait for the reviews, and see if the Volt has the same freeway passing power of a Prius or other Hybrid.

RE: To much money....
By tng on 9/27/2010 1:48:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I get this one, how does requiring premium fuel mean 'less environmentally friendly' than regular fuel? More expensive, yes, but less environmentally friendly?
Actually if I use mid-grade gas I get a roughly 10% increase in mileage, so I feel that using a higher grade fuel is more "eco" in my case. It is also cheaper for me to use a higher grade fuel than a lower grade in my commute car.

2. They *KNOW* that they are a good 5 years behind GM in terms of developing an electric vehicle.

I don't find this to be an convincing argument. If the EV market was that good, they would be in it I think.

RE: To much money....
By theapparition on 9/27/2010 7:37:55 AM , Rating: 1
Also, it's from ObamaMotors, with all the baggage that brings along. Too bad. When a similar vehicle comes from Toyota or Nissan and as scale of production drops the price significantly, I'm in.

Yeah, nothing like hating your own country and instead buying foreign. While your at it, I have a scalpel if you'd like to cut your nose off to spite your face.

But even more likely, your just another government hater who's on unemployment, take subsidized public transportation, eat subsidized food, shoping for the cheapest subsidized electricity, and complaining every minute of it.

While I dislike the Obama administration as much as most reasonable people, I'm not naive enough to think that tea party fanatics and talk of revolution will do anything.

RE: To much money....
By mikefarinha on 10/11/2010 3:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
So tell me how is supporting an underperforming bloated buracratic car company patriotic?

I didn't know rewarding failure was an American value?

And I promisse you that any company that has recieved a goverment bailout to survive is an unquestionable failure.

PS you have no idea what the Tea Party is about.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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