Chevy Volt inside and out Sep 16 2008

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(CNNMoney.com) — General unveiled the Chevrolet Volt vehicle on Tuesday, allowing their first full at the car GM says will go on sale in

The Volt symbolizes GM’s to the future, said Rick the company’s chairman and CEO.

The will be driven by electricity in a large T-shaped lithium-ion pack running the length of the After charging for several the Volt will be able to run for up to 40 miles without using

GM did not announce pricing for the car, will have the equivalent of 150 horsepower and a top speed of 100 mph, the said.

To charge the batteries, will plug a cord one of the ports just ahead of the side mirror. The cord can be attached to an ordinary home outlet.

The car will cost less purchasing a cup of your favorite to recharge, and use less electricity than a refrigerator. The Volt cost less than 2 per mile to drive on electricity, GM compared to 12 cents a mile on at a price of $3.60 a gallon.

As the begins to run down as the car is in use, a gasoline engine will on and generate enough electricity to the car about 300 miles.

GM did not announce for the car, which will the equivalent of about 150 horsepower and a top of 100 mph, the automaker said.

The zero-to-sixty time will be nine seconds, said GM line director Tony That would make the about average for a modern

The center of gravity of the car, the center battery pack, going to have real ride and handling, said

Disappointed fans

Unlike cars, or plug-in hybrids, the is driven only be electricity. The engine never directly the car’s wheels.

Based on released last week inadvertently, GM says — people posting comments on car have expressed disappointment the production car does not look as and aggressive as the original concept

The majority of [the comments] are Lyle Dennis, a New Jersey who runs the blog GM-Volt.com, last week. A lot of people are they’re very disappointed and me off the [waiting] list.’

GM (GM. 500 ) regularly uses the Volt car, introduced at the 2007 Auto Show, in its advertising, it as future product.

That concept car’s face wasn’t aerodynamically enough to make it to the final as GM engineers and designers tried to every extra foot of all range from the car, GM have said.

The Volt seat four, not five as other cars its size according to GM. The space required by the pack would not allow for a seating position in the back.

The has a futuristic design, but it maintains the look derived from the Corvette sports car, has become a trademark design in Chevrolet cars.

The gear when pushed forward the Park position, sits in an in the car’s dashboard creating a appearance. Once the car is turned on, it can be back to Drive.

The Volt’s pack goes where the tunnel would be in a conventional car. That means the don’t take up cargo as they do in some hybrid Unlike its smoothly rounded the back end of the car has a sharp, angular

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In the rear, where air flows as it trails off from the vehicle, angles help smooth air

A wing incorporated into the edge of the roof also to smooth airflow helping economy.

Keeping it simple

its advanced electric drive the Volt isn’t particularly Engineers and designers wanted to the experience as familiar to drivers as Besides, lots of electronic inside the car would have electric power needed to the maximum gasoline-free driving

The Volt will have a display screen — to one in a Toyota Prius hybrid that will show how the car is electric power, when the are being charged and whether the engine is turned on.

GM is also planning to roll out plug-in vehicle in 2009, the Vue Plug-in Hybrid SUV. vehicle will be a standard vehicle, meaning that gasoline and electric power move the wheels.

Other including Toyota (TM ) and Nissan, also announced plans to plug-in cars of some on the market by 2010. So far, the is the only one of its type, running on only but with on-board generating capability.

Ford Co. (F. Fortune 500 ) has exhibited a vehicle a drive system similar to the and has allowed journalists to drive the But Ford has not announced any plans to such a vehicle for consumers, the high price of battery

This first-generation Chevy is expected to be fairly expensive, conceded. (Some reports put the price at $40,000.) But GM is not looking to much money, if any, on the he said.

GM is expecting to produce at 10,000 Volts in the car’s year and higher numbers that, he said.

First September 16, 2008: 10:05 AM EDT

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