Chevy Volt Video
By EV World
General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Volt E-Flex, range-extended electric concept car Sunday, January 7, 2007 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Introducing the Volt was Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, who commented, "It is highly unlikely that oil alone will supply all of the world's rapidly-growing automotive energy requirements."
He pointed out that, "Electricity that is used to drive vehicles can be made from the best local power sources whether that is ethanol, bio-diesel or gasoline, or in the case of electricity from the power grid, natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind or hydroelectric."
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The company notes the Volt:
- Can go up to 40 miles using only its lithium-Ion batteries. For daily driving less than 40 miles, consumers would eliminate the need for gasoline, saving 500 gallons of gas and eliminating 4.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the tailpipe a year
- For daily driving over 40 miles, consumers would average 150 miles per gallon
- For vehicles with E-85 capability, drivers get more than 500 miles per equivalent petroleum gallon
Vice Chairman Bob Lutz went on to comment, "The truth is ... we are moving forward with technology that will unite several sources of energy ... and E-Flex technology is the conduit that makes it all happen."
"By using electricity or hydrogen, we would decrease our dependence on oil without decreasing personal independence ... the kind we can only get from anautomobile."
Reflecting what one EV World reader sees as a really exciting, "bad-ass" design, Lutz concluded, "Environmentally-conscious cars can actually look good too."
Agreed, Bob. Now build it, don't just talk about it.
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