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Translogic Episode 5.4 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Translogic Episode 5.4 – Click above to watch video after the jump

It has long been apparent that the more successful a talk radio host is, the less relevant the facts become. Case in point is this week's apparent tirade by Rush Limbaugh against the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. No doubt the Volt's sticker price came in higher than most of us had hoped at $41,000, and Limbaugh may have had a slight point there. However, suggesting that the federal $7,500 tax credit for plug-in vehicles like the Volt and the Nissan Leaf was there as an admission that no one wants these v

It has long been apparent that the more successful a talk radio host is, the less relevant the facts become. Case in point is this week's apparent tirade by Rush Limbaugh against the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. No doubt the Volt's sticker price came in higher than most of us had hoped at $41,000, and Limbaugh may have had a slight point there. However, suggesting that the federal $7,500 tax credit for plug-in vehicles like the Volt and the Nissan Leaf was there as an admission that no one wants these v

As we're sure you've noticed by now, General Motors has been making lots of waves over the past few days with the pricing announcement (finally!) of its 2011 Chevrolet Volt. And, as you're surely aware, GM's plug-in hybrid is capable of traveling at least 40 miles per charge without using a single drop of gasoline. But what happens when the time comes to pump some good ol' crude into the tank? You'll be using premium.

As we're sure you've noticed by now, General Motors has been making lots and lots of waves over the past few days announcing the pricing information (finally!) of its 2011 Chevrolet Volt. And, you also likely know that the car is capable of traveling at least 40 miles per charge without using a single drop of gasoline. But hat happens when the time comes that you need to pump some good ol' crude into the tank? You'll be using premium.

General Motors realizes that it will need to get the cost of its Voltec drivetrain down in order to stay competitive and allow it to more easily be integrated into other, differently-sized vehicles. Since the battery is the most expensive part of the system, that's where the focus on cost-cutting will go. Among the approaches GM will take for the third generation of the pack, according to the head of its Opel/Vauxhall operations Nick Reilly, is the use of a smaller battery that will not have the

Chevrolet Volt Dance – Click above to watch the video after the break

Chevrolet Volt Dance – Click above to watch the video after the break

2011 Chevy Volt solar heat test – Click above to watch the video after the break

2011 Chevy Volt solar heat test – Click above to watch the video after the jump

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

First of all, what the heck is the Atkinson Cycle and why should we care? Naturally, it's a bit complicated, but basically in a modern Atkinson Cycle engine, the intake valve is held open longer than normal to allow a reverse flow of intake air into the intake manifold and allowing for a smaller compression ratio than the expansion ratio, making the engine more efficient with a slight reduction in overall power. Consult the all-knowing Wiki for more on that.