Volt Set to Shock the World
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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