GM Seeks Green Cred with Chevy Volt

General Motors unveils new concept hybrid that revisits the electric car; plug-in hybrid advocates clamor for production now.

Published: 14-Jan-2007

General Motors on Sunday unveiled a new concept vehicle that could indicate that mainstream electric cars are closer than ever.

It’s called the Chevrolet Volt, and while GM calls it an electric car ("We even toyed with the name being the EV2," said Scott Fosgard, director of communications in powertrains), analysts and experts are calling it a "series" or "serial" plug-in hybrid.

Advocates say the design is a leap forward from today’s gas-electric hybrid cars. Builiding the Volt could help GM better cope with rising fuel prices. More importantly, the Volt could even serve as a kind of green ‘halo’ car—helping bolster GM’s image just as the Prius has buffed rival Toyota’s green credentials.


Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi test drove the Eliica pictured below and dubbed the eight-wheel electric car developed by a group of researchers at Keio University an energy revolution. The car has a top speed of 370 km/h and a range of 300 kilometers.

Think Nordic has been struggling for survival since the Ford Motor Co literally pulled the plug on it in 2002. Photo of prototype A306 Cabriolet model which briefly toured parts of Canada. Photo courtesy of EVCO.CA.

Faraday has a GVW from 3.5t to 7.5t, a restricted top speed of up to 50mph, up to 4t payload and enough battery power to cover up to 120 miles between charges.


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