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.


Mahindra unveiled India's first SUV with the advantage of a hybrid powertrain called Scorpio-HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) at the ongoing New Delhi Auto Expo.

A new generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology helps the Civic achieve an estimated fuel economy rating of 4.7 L/100km (city) and 4.3 L/100km (highway) - improved from the 2005 Civic Hybrid's figures of 4.9 and 4.6 L/100km.

The new Civic brings a roomier interior, more spunk under the hood, and fuel mileage around 40 mpg on the highway.


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