Volt Set to Shock the World

Revolutionary Electric Concept from general motors could go on sale to the public as early as 2010. It combines lithium-ion batteries and a small gas engine to drive more than 800 kilometres on four litres of fuel.

Published: 16-Jan-2007

General Motors says work on an electric car capable of driving 800 kilometres on four litres of gasoline is so advanced, the car could be on sale by 2010.

A concept GM electric propulsion system called E-flex uses the same high-power lithium-ion batteries found in laptop computers. They can power a small car up to 64 kilometres on a single charge - then keep going as a tiny gasoline engine kicks in to drive an on-board generator.

No major technological barriers remain in the way of producing such a vehicle, company officials said last week, only the means of producing the batteries at a low enough cost.

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