Chevy Volt: From concept to reality

Imagine a gasoline-free morning commute. Wouldn’t that be great? It would certainly benefit your wallet, and support the environment.

Chevy Volt - StructureLast year, the engineers at Chevrolet introduced the Volt, a new concept car. The Volt is a new kind of electric vehicle that can be configured to run on regular gas, electricity, bio-diesel and E85 (ethanol). Chevrolet is also planning to add a hydrogen engine to the Volt in the near future.

For now, the car’s electrical autonomy is fixed at 64 km (40 miles) per charge, which is less than most commute times. Once at your destination, all you need to do to recharge the vehicle is plug it into a 110 volt electrical outlet for six hours.

The car’s backup engine, which starts when the lithium-ion battery is almost drained, gives it a range of approximately 1000km (about 621 miles).

But why is the title of this post named, “From concept to reality”? Because just a few weeks ago, GM awarded contracts to two lithium-ion battery manufacturers to produce a battery that would meet the Volt’s power requirements.

Word is still out on how much the Volt will cost, but considering its specs, I’m sure many people are going to be interested in getting one.

…and darn, the thing sure does look sexy! Here are a few pictures to wet your appetite.

Chevy Volt - Side View  Chevy Volt - View #1  Chevy Volt - View #2  Chevy Volt - Rear View

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7 Responses to Chevy Volt: From concept to reality

  1. I agree with Roger. I can't wait to be able to own one of these. My present commute round trip is short enough that I would only have to recharge at home.

  2. I agree with Roger. I can’t wait to be able to own one of these. My present commute round trip is short enough that I would only have to recharge at home.

  3. Oh, and I should have mentioned that some of the front end styling reminds me of the new Chevy Camaro that's coming in 2009. Very hot! The back end reminds me a bit of a Prius and a Civic. Not so hot.

  4. Oh, and I should have mentioned that some of the front end styling reminds me of the new Chevy Camaro that’s coming in 2009. Very hot! The back end reminds me a bit of a Prius and a Civic. Not so hot.

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