I believe that children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way.

Perhaps Whitney Houston knew about Thomas Hundal, the youngest Chevrolet Volt enthusiast we've seen this week. Maybe ever.

In a video posted by Barry Cullen Chevrolet, 13-year-old Hundal walks us around the plug-in hybrid, explaining why this or that part is so cool. The audio is, at times, whisper-quiet, but Hundal's sales technique makes up for it. He's particularly enamored by the "absolutely-ludicrous-for-the-segment 273 pound-feet of torque from the electric motor," which is an attitude we like to see from someone who can't even drive. Green Car Reports even says that Hundal is training salespeople at Barry Cullen on the details of Chevy products. Apparently, his desire to share Chevy minutiae with others is something the sixth-grader cultivated on his own. Curious to see him in action? Check out the Volt video and one for the Cullen Cruze for yourself below.





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      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unni Got somethin' against Tennessee folk's ?
      Mike Dimmick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Engine and motor torque have to be the most misleading stats about cars. The important thing isn't how much twisting force is generated at the output shaft - it's how much linear force is applied by the wheels. The gear ratios between the motivator and the wheel hubs, and the radius of the wheels (including tyres), multiply up or divide down the torque. The Gen 2 Prius MG2 motor has 400 N*m of torque, which equates to 295 lbf*ft. It will still accelerate more slowly to 30mph than a regular car with lower shaft torque, because the regular car uses its selectable gear ratios to multiply up that torque - low gears multiply torque more. The Gen 3 Prius has less torque at the MG2 motor shaft, 207 N*m = 153 lbf*ft, but it has a fixed 2.636 gear ratio immediately after it, which results in 545 N*m = 403 lbf*ft at the power-split device. However, the final drive on the Gen 3 Prius is shorter than the Gen 2, so the wheel hub torque is only 8.6% greater. The Gen 3 stock wheels are a little bigger, so it amounts to about 7.1% greater road force. I don't know the Volt's ratios in order to draw a comparison there. Electric motor torque does differ in one way from conventional engine torque: EM torque is maximum at minimum revs, declining with increasing engine speed, while conventional engine torque is maximised somewhere around 4,000-5,000rpm depending on the engine. (Torque and power are related by rotational speed - the motor's power output is limited by how much heat it can dissipate, so once the maximum power output is reached, increasing speed must result in decreasing torque.) That's why the Volt has a clutch-selectable mechanical path from the engine, and why the Prius uses a blending transmission in the first place.
      runklemotorsports
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok this kid is amazing. Even better he likes the torque. I swear he is gonna be a designer or sales rep. Some day
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this 13 year old is that enamored with a Volt I foresee him being a virgin until he's in his 40's...... Talk about a geek.....
        Mr. Sunshine
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Geeks are hot these days. Even on 90210.
        Vlad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Someone's so stuck in the 80's. Not many high school quarterbacks became billionaires at Zuckerberg's age - and girls certainly took notice. Especially in this economy, when "manly" jobs are in the toilet, but IT is booming, geeks have easy picking.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        For every geek, there is a geekette waiting for him.. he'll do fine.. trust me, i started doing computer repair before puberty, had a 10 year career in IT and build eBikes at the age of 30. Had virginity removal offers pretty early in the game ;) It's not taboo to be a total flaming nerd anymore!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        You are pathetic for making a dig at a13 year old. You must be so unhappy.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        nsxrules, I would be careful, this kid will probably be your boss in a few years !
      k
      • 2 Years Ago
      this kid needs to sit in a tesla, or a big audi.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k
        Already sat in an A8, and rode in an A7. They have all the technology and power needed to keep up with the segment, but they lack soul. About the Tesla, it's an excellent theory,, but it doesn't have the reliability or distribution network to make it a viable daily driver.
          k
          • 2 Years Ago
          Soul? The Volt is a $40000 car based on a $17000 compact economy car, that weighs 3781lbs. The funny thing is that gm has confused everyone on what the volt is. It's a plugin hybrid, works exactly like the Prius with a larger battery pack and an option to plug in. If you like relativity, then this is definitely the best American car ignoring Tesla. Big problem is that you get very little car for your money. By the way, I'm very critical of things, don't take my comments too personally. I also happen to have converted an Audi a4 electric drive, ridden in a few volts and prii.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something similar is happening to me: The nearest charge point to my location is in a town 40km away from here. I live in something like a condominium where it would be impossible to install a charge point for an electric car. Even so, I am writing a blog about electric vehicles because I am convinced that in mid term we all be switching to mobility based on electricity. You can find this blog here: http://goo.gl/ML0ip
      Naturenut99
      • 2 Years Ago
      I believe 2WM was playing with the childhood taunt, "If you love it so much why dont you marry it." I don't believe he was literally telling the kid to marry anything or anyone. Did he need a smiley face to put it into context? :)
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gosh, if he loves it this much, why doesn't he marry it?
        Unni
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Marriageable age (or marriage age) is the age at which a person is allowed to marry, either as of right or subject to parental or other forms of consent. The age and other requirements vary between countries, but generally it is set at 18 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriageable_age == He is only 13 :-)
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am always heartened to see a young car enthusiast. There can never be enough of us.
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well done to Barry Cullen Chevrolet for encouraging young Thomas Hundal. This 13 year old is displaying the sort of enterprise that made America great ! In fact, both his presentation and grasp of technology easily outclasses the 'presenters' on Fox News ! Best of luck to the young Thomas Hudal, I'm sure we'll here more about him as the years go by!
      Richard Lam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have nothing wrong against the kid. I felt the same thing about the Prius, when I was his age (2000). Loving my Volt now :).
      Ashton
      • 2 Years Ago
      I watched most of the first video...but got tired of watching him wipe the drool off his chin. He points out some good features of the car, but just sounds ridiculous what he says thinks like efficient speakers & goes on and on about the freakin dome light. It's a good car, but jesus christ get over it.
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