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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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RE: GM Electric Concept Car
By Oregonian2 on 1/8/2007 6:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
Tesla has sold 270 cars in the history of the company. That would include their sell-out of 2007 production for their new one. Meaning their total number of cars actually manufactured, talking in auto terms, is "none". At the end of 2007, it'll be up to "none". Unless they can license their design to a "real" auto company, it really doesn't matter what their car does. They can't make any. They've 140 employees. GM lays that many off daily (probably, if not more than that). Or they need to get a LOT of capital really fast to ramp things up. And "lot" is an understatement I think. And wait until the UAW organizes their plants to see where their prices go.


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