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GM now working on making Volt image better

GM is hard at work on fixing the tarnished image of the Volt after the fire investigation. The Volt drama started when a crash tested vehicle caught fire three weeks after being tested while sitting in the parking lot of a government test facility. The fire was large enough to damage vehicles nearby.
GM's CEO was called to testify before a House panel as part of the investigation into the fire and the methods in which the fire was disclosed. The day after the testimony was given; GM has acknowledged that the fire investigation had an impact on sales. GM started airing a new commercial on TV stations around the country that focuses on the Volt in an effort to improve the car's image.
The new commercial is called "Morning in Hamtramck." Hamtramck is the city where the Volt is constructed and is a suburb of Detroit. The commercial sees the Volts rolling down an assembly line on the main street of Hamtramck. The commercial touts the Volt as "the car that America had to build" and the commercial says that GM built the car for "for our town, for our country, for our future."

The commercial is perhaps the most visible part of the efforts to buff the tarnish off the Volt image. GM North American VP Mark Reuss sent a letter to Volt owners around the country this week that thanked the owners for their support. Despite GM offering to buy back Volts from worried owners no one asked for their car to be bought back. GM also offered loaner vehicles until the investigation was complete.
Detroit News reports that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was at the Washington Autoshow and noted that he is satisfied that the Volt is safe. LaHood also denied GM was given any preferential treatment in the investigation. There were some allegations that the delay in telling the public about the fire in testing, which spanned months, was preferential to GM. LaHood also said that it would have been inappropriate to disclose details on the fire until the investigation was complete.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: I feel warm and cuddly
By V-Money on 1/27/2012 1:41:46 PM , Rating: 1
Every car has an alternator in it. I don't know how they couldn't design a car that uses multiple alternators to charge the battery array while in use so that a car has perpetual power.

You do realize that alternators are at best 50-60% efficient, so that comment makes no sense on any level. I agree they could have modified the engine to produce enough power to charge the battery, but that also kind of defeats the purpose of this car. It costs roughly 6 times less to charge the batteries at home than to use gas to charge them, and that's why its designed the way it is. I would make a perfect example, I don't have a volt, but I live within 20 miles of anywhere I normally drive too. Because of this if I were to buy one I could drive completely on battery power, and if I were to drive farther than the range, I would be getting better gas mileage than I would if it charged the battery.

RE: I feel warm and cuddly
By jonmcc33 on 1/27/2012 5:35:36 PM , Rating: 2
Then use multiple alternators or make a generator attached to the engine. Heck, there are 4 wheels on a car. Use those wheels to move a generator to recharge the battery.

Bottom line, there are people with a LOT more knowledge than I regarding this and yet they just can't create it? The only thing they can do is make a car that just discharges? Really?

RE: I feel warm and cuddly
By V-Money on 1/27/2012 8:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
...or make a generator attached to the engine...

I think you are missing the whole concept, THERE IS A GENERATOR ATTACHED TO THE ENGINE do you think the engine powers the electric motors. The reason it doesn't charge the batteries is because they specifically designed it not to. This was done for efficiency reasons.

RE: I feel warm and cuddly
By Mint on 1/28/2012 8:39:10 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, there are a lot of people who have more knowledge than you, including many people on this board. So please stop talking nonsense and listen to us:

The Volt has a very well designed drivetrain. It does recharge the battery when braking, and that's as good as it gets in this universe. Sorry to disappoint you about perpetual motion being a fairytale.

RE: I feel warm and cuddly
By rich876 on 1/28/2012 9:04:02 AM , Rating: 2
You can force the Volt to charge the battery if you put it in "Mountain Mode", but that's not the most efficient way.

Too many here think they are experts on how the Volt works. Some of you should apply for a job at GM and show them how it's done.

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