Chevy's High VOLT-age Idea

The Volt's estimated annual fuel savings of about 500 gallons, compared with a similar size 30-mpg vehicle driving 15,000 miles a year, equate to $900, even considering the cost of the electricity.

Published: 12-Jan-2007

When General Motors unwrapped the Chevrolet Volt for the media last weekend on the eve of the North American International Auto Show, it was revealing much more than the latest fantasy from its styling studios.

Beyond its striking coupelike lines, the Volt is also a declaration of GM's intent to mass-produce a new type of hybrid-electric vehicle, one that can drive up to 40 miles on batteries alone and recharge itself with an onboard generator -- or by plugging into a standard 110-volt household outlet.

The Volt is also less than it appears. The batteries to make it roadworthy do not yet exist, a shortcoming GM acknowledges.

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