GM Fights to Go 'Green' with Volt Concept Car

GM reports that the Volt will be superior to the deserted EV1 in a number of ways, including smaller batteries, more passenger room, faster battery charging, and higher top speeds on the highway.

Published: 10-Jan-2007

Following in the wake of heavy criticism for abandoning the EV1 electric car, faltering auto giant General Motors Corp. has unveiled their latest offering to the clean car market, their new "Volt" concept car.

The Chevrolet Volt was introduced on Jan. 7 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and is designed to obtain enough power from its next-generation battery pack to run for 40 miles. According to GM, the average American driver only travels about 40 miles a day, so the Volt can save about 500 gallons of gasoline a year.

"For most drivers, the Volt will use little or no gasoline," said GM chief engineer Nick Zielinski.


Allocating significant money to produce a saleable hydrogen fuel cell car is likely to be a tough decision for GM. Larry Burns with image of Sequel fuel cell car behind him.

The dual-mode hybrid system will be available in a wide range of cars, trucks and S.U.V.'s made by the three companies, starting with the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe that goes on sale in fall 2007.

The pollution-free technology holds the potential of zero emissions and a sustainable source of energy produced when hydrogen and oxygen are mixed.


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