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A few days ago GM finally introduced the production version of the Chevy Volt to the world (officially this time) much to the delight of the hundreds of journalists packing the hall and the thousands upon thousands of folks who descended upon the internets to get a good look and all the pictures. While it was truly wonderful to be able to see the car poised upon its pedestal after months of impatiently waiting and then sitting back and discussing things like whether this version will look better in a showroom than the original concept, it's quite another to see it in its natural environment, rolling down the road.

Now, thanks to über Volt fan Dr. Lyle Dennis, who helps keep the world up-to-date on all the details of the vehicle through his GM-VOLT website, we can show you just that. And more! Lyle has gotten hold of a promotional video featuring the 40 mile "E-rev" gently cruising around a track and has posted it on Youtube. Not only do we get to see the Volt moving along from all different angles but there are also lots of shots showing off the bling interior with all the fancy LCD displays doing their thing. The soundtrack isn't even half bad. Hit to jump to see the production version of the Volt in action!

Update: Added bonus video from My Ride with additional footage.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      With electric power you can move a 35 ton bus from 0-60mph in 5 seconds. This is true for any direct current electric trolley bus drawing 500 voltsDC. This car will be more than the general public can imagine or expect. GM is counting on that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This architecture can be upgraded easilly. If you are cheap like me a 2 cylinders engine of 500cc can serve as a electric generator powered by gasoline-methanol-water-ethanol-diesel-natural gas from petroleum or green algae farming or from sewage water. With a combustion engine it's way more easy to make changes contrary to a combo ice-transmission-gears differential that have to match the weight of the car, electrical generator don't have to match the weight of the car in a configuration like the volt.
        • 1 Month Ago
        You would need sufficient regeneration to recharge the battery.

        I don't think its as bad as Snowdog says. Its not like the car will have 70 hp. The battery will act a buffer, so the engine will start and charge the batter long before the battery is fully used. So when you press on the pedal you will get full power for short bursts, like getting to highway speed, then while cruising the battery will charge more.

        The trouble will be when you need sustained power, for example going up a long hill, that could challenge the system since you would need full power beyond the battery's ability to be charged.
        • 1 Month Ago
        "electrical generator don't have to match the weight of the car in a configuration like the volt."

        So the difference will be made up of magic fairy dust? Of course the engine still has to match the weight of the car. This car will be 3000lbs plus and when the battery is run down the power to the wheels will not be higher than the engine powering the genset (minus loses). With your 500CC engine you are looking at ~40hp.Probably 30HP at the wheels. Ever drive a 3000lb car with 30HP?

        Even the current design is probably going to draw complaints for flat battery usage as the ICE only has 70HP and it the car will drag when the battery is flat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really think it's time for a new Chevy logo -- that thing looks so "seventies"!
        • 1 Month Ago
        I agree. An glowing LED bowtie would have been better, same color as the instrument panel. On the flip side, it does remind you that GM has been around a long time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      does it seem odd its only going about 5 mph in all the vid?
        • 1 Month Ago
        Well, it is an improvement over that old video of the original concept which looked and sounded like an anemic golf cart with bad gears!

        Still, I'd like to see it smoothly accelerating to zip along the road at freeway speeds. It would give us confidence that it could perform.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone curious as to why the battery power indicator (green battery looking thing) is identical to the iphone charge indicator??

      Didn't some GM type indicate that if you like the apple stuff, you would like the volt interior (all white and all)?...they also indicate in the video that the interior resembles a consumer electronic/cellphone device....the whole thing seems odd....

      I agree with someone else that mentioned that the price is the key issue with this car...I will not be able to afford it until the planet is dead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not market it as a Saab? GM owns Saab anyway.
        • 1 Month Ago
        I'm sure they will market it with other brands. But since Chevy is probably seen as the lamest GM brand (closely followed by Buick) they are probably trying to use this thing to elevate the status of a sagging brand. There will probably be Saturn, Buick, Cadillac, etc... versions of it as well.

        To be quite honest, I think GM should just kill their brands alltogether. Keep one base level brand, call it "GM", and keep the luxury brand "Cadillac" and be done with it. Who needs 5 trim levels of the same car sold under different brands?
        • 1 Month Ago
        Hell, if they want to market it as a Saab they should pull out the otto-cycle engine and replace it with a more-efficient small turboshaft generator, that could run on gas/diesel/kerosene/etc...

        Or what they REALLY should have is a standardized formfactor and attachments for the 'range extender' and allow people to choose which one they want, or swap them out.. Have a range extender module for gas, one for diesel, one for CNG/LPG, and eventually one that comprises fuel cells.. Replace the range extender, fueling lines and tanks in 4 hours or less at the dealership, maybe even rent the extender for trips (long highway trips = diesel, local use with a home Phill = CNG)..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Caterpillar just announced their renewed line of their series hybrid mining trucks, by the way, with AC electric drivetrains fed by diesel generators.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I assume there will be long waiting lists for this thing.

      Maybe I can get one in 8-10 years when they put out a bunch of models and hopefully manage to sell something in the $20,000 range.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would GM, GGGG MMMM have a waiting list??? its not like they have a lack of a sufficient production line like the cars you may be trying to relate it to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What about people who live in apartments? Or people in extended family households and one car garage. I see alot of extension cords in the future. With the rate of population growth there is no real independence from the oil.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to say I didn't like the pictures at all, but on the video, this thing looks surprisingly cool. Nice! When can we get some in the UK?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is no joke i have thought up a new car that will produce over 150mpg thats right 150mpg and i can not get someone to here my story just because i did not go to a college i am a hard working father that has worked on car all my life if you know someone to forward this to that will take the time to listen we could all change this world just think if ben franklin would not have flown a kite. Thank you for your time have a great day. PHONE NUMBER:301-343-9789 EMAIL:WINCHTK@AOL.COM




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      • 6 Years Ago
      GarJe muses:

      "Why don't any of these car "designers" build combined hub/electric motors, which would be way more efficient than current drivetrain designs."

      Answer: unsprung weight is the archenemy of ride and handling. Also, electric motor/generator efficiency tends to rise with rated power, so one large unit is better than two (or four) smaller.
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