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