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Courtesy of MSNBC
We can make it bigger, drive longer, not that much faster, we have the technology, kind of.

General Motors announced last week the revival of its electric car.  Their new design, the Volt, will mass market the electric car and use little to no gasoline. 

The Volt draws its power from a next generation battery, the E-flex system, which is recharged by a small onboard engine.  According to GM, when the battery is depleted, a 1L, three-cylinder turbocharged engine spins at a constant speed to create electricity and replenish the battery.  The motor will not provide forward propulsion and is only used to recharge the battery. The car is said to reach 40 miles on one charge and save close to 500 gallons of gasoline a year.

This new development sprouted from the failed EV1 project GM began in 1996 and abandoned in 2003.  They were heavily criticized for abandoning the experimental electrical vehicle program, but with the Volt, GM hopes to improve on their previous ideas of the EV1.

Some improvements on the new model include more passenger space, longer battery life, smaller battery size, and higher cruising speeds.

While most ultra-clean and efficient vehicles on the market today use hybrid gasoline-electric powertrains, the Volt will use E85 fuel which is a blend of 85% Ethanol and 15% gasoline.

Since the project is still in the concept stage, a final production version of the car is not projected for another 3 to 5 years.



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Bright side
By Runiteshark on 1/8/2007 2:35:24 AM , Rating: 2
If you wreck it in a rollover, you can still drive it and nobody will be able to tell you wrecked!


Seriously though, the thing looks ugly. Like it accidently got something dropped on the roof to make it ultrasleek and ultra ugly.


Oh well, I guess I'm not one of those hip kids who want their cars to look like they were rendered at low-poly count.




RE: Bright side
By ajfink on 1/8/2007 2:44:45 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno, I really like the look of it. I hope GM can bring this thing to market, and do it well. Over the past few years their cars have become increasingly competitive with Asian cars again, and next year looks to be even better. I think this further brightens their future. I hope very hard that this isn't just publicity.


RE: Bright side
By masher2 (blog) on 1/8/2007 9:02:20 AM , Rating: 2
> "Seriously though, the thing looks ugly...."

Have you never seen a concept car before? This looks like all the rest of them-- outrageous styling features...none of which will never make it into production.


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