Chevy Volt Makes AltCar Expo Debut

The model on display at the expo doesn't have its battery pack or the gasoline engine.

Published: 30-Sep-2008

The Chevy Volt made its West Coast debut at the AltCar Expo & Conference in Santa Monica, Calif., drawing curious and enthusiastic onlookers Friday.

General Motors (GM) unveiled the plug-in hybrid electric car in Detroit last week as part of a celebration of its 100th birthday. For the AltCar Expo, which showcases commercial and concept cars, GM shipped the same silver Volt from Detroit and parked it inside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

GM plans to launch the Volt in November 2010. The automaker has engineered the Volt to drive using only the electric motor, but the four-seat car will use a small gasoline engine to generate electricity to help power the motor for longer distances. The design is different than today's hybrid-electric cars, such as the Toyota (TM) Prius, which are propelled by both the electric motor and the gasoline engine.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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