PHOTO CAPTION: Chief Engineer Andrew Farah with Chevy Volt.

Volt Gets 50 MPG in Hybrid Mode

Tests show Volt achieves 40 miles in EV-mode and goal of 50 mpg in serial hybrid operation.

Published: 17-Apr-2010

General Motors Co. will spend $8 million to double its U.S. battery lab in Warren, to speed development of electric vehicles and expand its expertise in advanced batteries -- an area expected to continue to grow in importance.

The Global Battery Systems Lab is part of GM's Technical Center campus. It tests battery cells, modules and packs to power electric vehicles, including hybrids and extended-range electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, which will go on sale in November.

GM plans to build a 33,000-square-foot addition to the 30,000-square-foot lab.


Bright Automotive plug-in hybrid delivery van

The IDEA plug-in hybrid van will be 5 to 10 times more efficient than current commercial fleets.

Salamandra is South America's first plug-in hybrid.

The Salamandra has 70 km electric car and a 15 hp engine giving it a top speed of 65 km/hr.

Converted Hummer H3 has 40 miles of 'electric-first' driving range.

Four-cylinder engine isn't connected to drivetrain and never turns the wheels of the car--its sole purpose is to recharge the lithium ion battery.


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