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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 Hoser McMoose on 9/25/2010 9:20:12 PM , Rating: 0
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But they made a marketing mistake by insisting on premium fuel. That shatters the "green" image they sought to create

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?

The environmental impact of premium vs. regular fuel is pretty much a moot point. There might be a SLIGHTLY higher environmental impact per litre of premium fuel vs. regular, but it allows you to run the engine more efficiently so you use slightly fewer litres to go the same difference. The net result is probably a wash environmentally speaking.

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When a similar vehicle comes from Toyota or Nissan and as scale of production drops the price significantly, I'm in.

Toyota won't have an electric drive-train vehicle for a few years for several reasons:

1. They have a very successful vehicle in the Prius (and indeed other hybrids) that they can offer for the "eco-friendly" marketing.

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

Toyota is smart enough to recognize that they don't yet have the experience and know-how to match what GM. GM learned their lessons with the EV-1 and they started the Volt design before anyone else was thinking of it. This has given GM a *BIG* lead over all the other companies for practical electric drive-train vehicles.

Nissan (and Mitsubishi) is not smart enough to recognize their lack of experience here. The Leaf will get lots of fanfare at the start, but in 2 or 3 years it's going to be a whole mess of problems for Nissan because the vehicle was a total knee-jerk reaction to gas prices in 2008.


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
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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.

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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.


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