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Will Tesla Whitestar Emulate GM Volt?

Green Tech blogger Michael Kanellos speculates that follow-on electric car may use range-extending strategy similar to GM's Volt.

Published: 07-Dec-2007

Tesla Motors helped bring the concept of the all-electric vehicle back from the dead, but it appears they also have gas on their minds.

Speaking at the ThinkGreen conference in San Francisco, vice president of finance Mike Taylor told an audience that the GM Volt is "a really good way" of extending the range on electric sedans in a cost-effective way.

The Volt, planned to come out around 2010, contains a gas engine and an electric motor. The car runs on the electric motor and the gas engine recharges the battery. These sorts of vehicles, called range-extended electric vehicles, cost less than pure electric vehicles because the battery, one of the most expensive components in an electric car, is comparatively small. The Volt's battery will only carry a car 40 miles before it needs a recharge. Because it uses onboard recharging, though, the car can go about 600 miles on the freeway. It is expected to cost less than $30,000.

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