GM Resurrects the Electric Car

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GM Resurrects the Electric Car

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General Motors, a notorious for allegedly conspiring Big Oil and others to kill the electric is about to roll out a unique, sedan that could electric vehicles.

The new Chevrolet which premieres Sunday at the American International Auto in Detroit, is a new spin on hybrids. The runs exclusively on battery but a gas-fueled engine onboard the motor and recharges the batteries they run low.

The sedan liquid fuel in the form of ethanol or diesel to power the generator, extending the driving Its engine recharges the Volt’s in approximately 30 minutes, says GM.

It can go 600 miles or more before refueling or recharging, according to GM, and the should last for about 40 without recharging. To reduce consumption, drivers can plug the into a standard 110-volt outlet to recharge the batteries in six hours.

The electric vehicles GM has developed — such as the Impact and the beloved EV1, became the focus of the documentary Who the Electric Car? — power only from

Combining electric batteries and old gasoline could be a winner it would enable the Volt to a key problem of previous battery-powered going the distance.

You don’t to plan ahead, said Dan director of vehicle testing at publisher Edmunds. That’s the why hybrids have been so

At 170 inches long, the Volt is smaller than a Toyota and goes from 0 to 60 in less 8.5 seconds. The vehicle on display at the show is a concept car, but GM is on developing a production version, Tony Posawatz, GM’s line director. He declined to a date the car would be available.

The electricity-generation system can be modified to run on ethanol, diesel, biodiesel or a fuel cell in the future, he

The Volt has the same operating as plug-in hybrid vehicles being developed (primary power supplemented by burning but hybrids differ because can simultaneously generate power a combustion engine and electricity.

an electric generator for plug-in internal-combustion engine simplifies the process because it doesn’t managing multiple power according to Posawatz, and it cuts by eliminating a mechanical transmission.

While a hybrid drive is more energy efficient the Volt’s, the new car will get about 50 mpg the generator is on.

GM is also developing a hybrid version of the Saturn Vue Line that will share battery technology the Volt, but according to Posawatz, the two serve different purposes: The technology works for people who drive shorter trips, plug-in hybrids are better for those who often drive a miles or more during a or need additional power for

Though the new car uses a different the batteries in the Volt perform identically to those in the EV1, GM developed in the 1990s. Posawatz the Volt’s lithium-ion batteries can about the same amount of (16 kilowatt-hours) and provide nearly the vehicle range (40 miles or as the EV1’s lead-acid batteries. the lithium-ion batteries, located the Volt’s chassis and are about a the size of the EV1’s, should the vehicle’s lifetime.

GM has not stated a price for the Volt, but the lithium-ion alone would cost of $10,000 today, Posawatz

For more technical details and of the Chevrolet Volt, go to Wired Autopia blog.


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