• Jan 7th 2007 at 2:53PM
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GM product chief Robert Lutz unveils the Chevy Volt EV concept. Click on the image for a gallery of high-res shots including the interior

GM Chairman Rick Wagoner and Vice-Chairman Robert Lutz just unveiled Chevy Volt Concept to the mass of press here at Cobo Hall. Although they didn't really reveal anything new that wasn't in the previous stories about the Volt, they did emphasize that they don't consider this car a hybrid. As far as GM is concerned a hybrid is a car that drive the wheels either electrically or via an internal combustion engine. Since this vehicle only drives the wheels via an electric motor, they call it an EV.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not add a small strip of solar panels across the top of the Volt? Most cars sit in parking lots in the sun all day, that could offset a lot of the costs of charging them at home in the evenings.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know the recharging requirements for a vehicle this size, but to fully charge my Segway HT which has approx 50lbs worth of LithIon batt costs less than 25 cents a charge. I think I read the Volt's Batt weight was approx 400lbs. Is it safe to assume it to be around $2 a charge or $14 a week? I know it is much more technical than this, but this should be a rough est.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds good but seems to lacking regenerative braking. A more utilitarian body style will be coming later??
      WARREN
      • 8 Years Ago
      JON FIGURES $36 FOR 1200 MILES. CHEVY SAYS 640 MILE RANGE ON A TANK. IF WE ROUND JON'S NUMBER UP TO 40 AND CHEVY'S DOWN TO 600, YOU GET THE FOLLOWING;
      (ASSUMING A 10 GALLON GAS TANK AND $2.50 PER GALLON OF REGULAR)
      YOU CAN RUN 1200 MILES IN A MONTH ON $20 WORTH OF ELECTICITY AND $50 WORTH OF GAS.

      MY 2005 PRIUS GETS, AVERAGE, 45 MILES/GALLON.
      I NEED APPX 27 GALLONS/$68 TO TRAVEL THE SAME DISTANCE.

      • 8 Years Ago
      sandlot01- Currently, the losses in aerodynamics and weight outweigh the advantages of PV panels installed on vehicles. This may be changing in the very near future... http://www.peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Thin_Film_Solar We live in exciting times… Is that a blessing or a curse? It's all about cost and return on investment.
      Elio M Fernandez
      • 7 Years Ago
      SINCE WIND AND FHOTOVOLTAIC GENERATE ELECTRICITY
      AND THE CAR WILL BE IN MOTION,COULD THEY NOT INSTAL
      BIG AIR TURBINES AND PHOTOVOLTAIC ON THE ROOF TO
      CHARGE THE BATERIES WHILE IN MOTION.? THIS WOULD MINIMIZE THE NEED TO PLUG IN THE CAR TO CHARGE THE
      BATTERY. THIS WOULD INCREASE THE UNINTERUPTED TRAVEL DISTANCE FROM 640 MILES TO WHO KNOWS HOW
      MANY MILES. THANKS ELIO M. FERNANDEZ
      • 8 Years Ago
      Love it. But why oh why is it necessary to re-invent seats, re-invent windows, re-invent steering wheels, re-invent ...seatbelts!? Is it to market to an upscale demographic and price it out of the average consumer's range, thereby keeping the market for cheaper gas-guzzlers alive?

      If I could put an infant car seat between the two rear seats I'd get on the waiting list now.
      baycameraco
      • 8 Years Ago
      This one sounds like a better idea than the rest of hybirds. I like it and would buy one. When?????
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Volt looks amazing too me. I love the idea of it, and that it is so close. I just hope they can find a suitable LiPo battery source, and ensure those cells are safe!

      I would also like to know how much the electricity would cost to fully charge the car every week day night. I assume power station pollution is not greatly increased due to reduced load at night? And that electricity cost is cheaper at night?

      -James.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Consept here and consept there....stopp giving us all theese consept cars and come on with a REAL Buyable Car. The Global Warming is in FULL effect RIGHT NOW and is making Winters to Summers and the Summers to Hot Saunas. You Americans, you are famous arond the World for Action Rignt Now. You invented The Extreeme Capitalism and have sold Millions of cars arond the World. Is All you can come up with now when the earth i heating up a CONCEPT CAR??? Please, show the world what you ar built of. Reguards. Paul Berg, Västerås, Sweden
      • 8 Years Ago
      How much will my electric bill go up if I plug this car in every night? I hope it is less than the $20.00 per week it costs for gasoline for me to drive about 180 miles per week.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My 2 cents on the cost comparison:

      Gasoline car: 12c/mile (20mile/gallon, 2.4$/gallon)
      The volt: 4c/mile (40mile/16kWh, 10c/kWh)

      Savings on lifetime of the car : 8,000$ (100,000miles)

      So paying $8,000 more for this car than for the equivalent gasoline car would not be unreasonable, since that's what you'd save over the lifetime.

      Many people may be turned of by paying 8,000$ upfront for hypothetical savings in the next 10 years, but there should be enough people willing to take some risk with 8,000$ that they have in pocket should be big enough to make this car a success.

      Beware that a reliable 16kWh battery is quite a jump from presently mass-produced batteries.
      The Toyota Prius for example has a capacity of only 1.3 kWh.

      Living in Italy, I wish FIAT or RENAULT came out with a SMALLER, CHEAPER version of such a car. I don't need 160hp, 80 will do. Batteries for a 10mile range would be fine too, since my commute is 6miles/day. And I need to park in tiny parking spots, beyond 400cm gets tough. Partly due to higher tax (20% VAT), the Toyota Prius, $20k in the US, comes at 25k euros (=$30k)
      well beyond the range of most Italians, I fear the Volt may not even come out in Europe...
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