Who Resurrected the Electric Car? Popular Mechanics

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Who Resurrected the Electric Car?

1, 2009 12:00 AM

To paraphrase an old “The electric car is dead; live the electric car.” might be the single most piece of news to come out of the auto show this is that the very company of killing and burying the electric car is one to a dealership near youprobably the end of this decade.

Among the many concepts at Detroit and covered by everyone, the Volt has probably gotten the attention. In the waning hours of the press days, just we left town and headed to the we happened by the GM stand to get a closer at the Volt. There we had an interesting with one of the concept car’s creators, its chief engineer, Posawatz.

He made it abundantly that GM has leapfrogged over the (no pun intended) favorite car of environmentalists, the hybrid. The Volt is an electric car here to see animation of how it works). But it can be recharged overnight via a wall-outlet, the plug-in hybrid, the Volt’s pack can be recharged while the car is

It carries its own on-board generator. As it this is an electric car with a range of more than 600

While the generating system in the Volt at the show relies on a gasoline engine, future will have small engines and others will on a hydrogen fuel cell to the batteries. But all of these concepts run off power. This is the rebirth of the car.

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It’s that battery by the way, that differentiates the drivetrain from your diesel/electric locomotive, which a diesel engine to drive a that drives an electric no electric storage device as a battery pack. That’s why the diesel is always runningand at speed. A system like in a car wouldn’t do too much to lower consumption and greenhouse gases. A internal combustion engine runs only when and for as as needed is much more

And a power source, like a pack, can deliver large of short-burst energy for getting quickly from a stopsomething basic locomotive can’t do.

So in one fell swoop, GM may have plug-in hybrids obsolete they even became Unfortunately, the Volt faces the hurdle as every electric car it: better batteries. Don Chaikin

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Bob Lutz, Motors’ vice chairman of product development, introducing the Volt Concept at the 2007 Auto Show. PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

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