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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: Who Killed The Electric Car?
By sithech on 1/8/2007 10:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
The first item in the 'debunking' is nonsense. I would have gladly bought an EV1 when they were introduced, but the cars were not available to purchase at any price, there was no way to even get on the list to lease them.

So I waited three months on Toyota's list for one of the first Prius' and over a year on the list for a hybrid Highlander.

No reasonable business model says, "Oh, we will pretend produce a miniscule quantity so that we have no economy of scale. Let's make it really really hard for anybody to get one. Let's just rent it and not sell it, and then recall them an crush them so nobody can ask us to maintain them. Then we can say that nobody wanted them and we couldn't make a profit."

RE: Who Killed The Electric Car?
By masher2 on 1/9/2007 9:14:11 AM , Rating: 3
> "The first item in the 'debunking' is nonsense. I would have gladly bought an EV1 when they were introduced..."

It's a simple statement of fact. Many people "expressed interest" in the EV1. But when it came time to committing cold hard cash, very few did. GM never managed to lease all the EV1s it did build, and it lost vast amounts of money on every one that it did. Which explains why GM recalled them with CA's legislative no longer had a business incentive to continue the bleeding.

The facts are very clear. The technology of the time was far too primitive for the EV1, or electric cars in general. It wasn't just GM...nearly every manufacturer researched and attempted to build electric cars. None of them succeeded. The fool that sees a conspiracy in this is the same one who believes in 400mpg carburetors and perpetual motion machines.

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