General Motors banks heavily electric vehicle project Economic Times

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General Motors banks electric vehicle project

For clued in, the move was vastly On September 16 2008 at General 100th birthday celebrations, Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner the production version of its ambitious vehicle project, the Chevrolet Global production Chief Bob even drove the car on to the stage.

The for all the hype was hardly obscure. was GM bringing forth for the world the version of an idea which guarantee GM’s existence for the 100 years.

When the first concept of the Volt was unveiled in early most saw it as a somewhat late to hop on to the green car bandwagon. GM, however, with some strong credentials. The company’s EV1 (see was the first electric car to be made and by a large carmaker.

Even the fresh EV1 idea was eventually the Volt is far too relevant for our times to be an exercise in novelty this around. While the EV1 was only an powered quick two-seater. the Volt is a proper five-door hatchback meant to bring the of electric vehicles with the of low emissions to the urban family.

The concept behind the car is not revolutionary, but has not widely practiced yet. The is what techies call a plug-in hybrid — a car in propulsion is offered exclusively battery powered motors, alternative sources to provide the power. So what we have on the apart from its batteries is a 1.4-litre ethanol burning aspirated engine is used for generators which recharge the

Currently popular hybrids the Toyota Prius are parallel — they make use of low electric motors to drive the at slow speeds and switch to burning IC engines when power is needed.

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The Volt, on the other hand, only its gutsy 160 PS motor for all the and the IC engine is only to power the and extend range. No wonder that GM likes to call the an E-REV (Extended Range Vehicle) and not a hybrid. Besides, the division should love the with a ring to it.

It may not be smooth all the way for the project though. Delays GM’s battery-pack production for the Volt have dragged the off schedule. Although, Li-ion packs are seen to be functioning on test mules, adapting the design to take care of weight and cooling remains development.

The company has made it clear costs will not be low to start off either — somewhere in the of Rs 15-18 Lakh. And then is the competition — Toyota and ready to pounce on the Volt their headstart in hybrids, and like Chrysler taking from GM and putting together own plug-in hybrids in place.

The has potential — to allow for a urban commute without a of fuel, something that hybrids lack. What’s — it comes with the of one of the most powerful car conglomerates in the and from a newly enviro-conscious but plentifully patriotic America. No then that a privately run list already has 10,000 customers who are willing to buy themselves a when it’s out.

And GM seems up for the challenge as well it recently announced an all new plant in exclusively for making small engines, the sort which not only act as range extenders for the but also help the company focus to new cars like the Cruze, with a larger on economy. In a battle that is fought on very different than those previously the General is rethinking his strategies for the The Volt promises to be its major assault weapon.

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