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While perusing the interwebs for interesting stories, we stumbled upon a letter to the editors at Automotive News that suggests the Chevy Volt should come with a generator. We're pretty sure that they are not talking about the built-in generator that the car uses to recharge its batteries on-the-fly. Rather, what's being suggested is that General Motors package the Chevy Volt with a gas-powered standalone generator that could recharge its batteries if the need arises. Um, where should we start on this one. First of all, that would be defeating the point of the car in the first place, but the biggest reason that this makes no sense is that the car will already come with a gas-powered generator built-in. If the grid goes down, the car will still run if it has gas inside its tank, as the on-board generator will recharge the batteries anyway. This serves as another reminder that the public at-large (including those who work for competing dealerships in Texas) doesn't quite seem to understand how the Volt technology works.
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]