GM begins pre-production of the Chevy Volt

Chevrolet revealed the Volt Electric Vehicle as a concept back at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The first pre-production Volts have already rolled off the assembly line. Most of these vehicles will be used for the testing purposes and in order to validate the vehicle’s production quality and design efficiency. These pre-production models will also be used to develop the final software and controls for the new vehicle, including the way that the driver interacts with the new EV. Like all test vehicles, some will have short lives, as they’ll be crash tested after the GM engineers have run every test possible on them. Everything from endurance testing, to battery and drive train interface examinations, the design team will even go so far as to test the windshield wipers and the doors ability to be opened and slammed over and over again.

Approximately 80 of the extended-range electric vehicles will be produced over the next year or so, putting General Motors ahead of their pre-production deadlines for the electrifying automobile. The American automaker hopes to start producing road going Chevrolet Volt s for retail sales by the end of Fall 2010.


4 comments:

I don’t think that charging Volt would be so much of a problem. Its a state of mind. When we have so much environmental degradation, I think that waiting for 2-4 hours of charging is not so much of a problem. Besides if you compare it to other hybrid cars, it is more beautiful. I remember GM’s hybrid car in the 1990s were only two-seater. But now, there’s four. Not bad at all!

Fully charged batteries can usually travel for 40 miles and this is a bit satisfying because Americans travel usually averages around 30 miles per hour. Aside from this, the 4 cylinder gasoline engine can increase the car’s performance around 640 miles.

But how long can a fully charged batteries go? That means that you would still have to have enough charging stations to be able to use that car. Unlike cars using gasoline and diesel, its a lot easier because you only need to fill them up.

One of the concerns of consumers who does not want to shift into electric hybrid cars are the lack of charging stations in the country. So the good thing about Volt is that they have a battery that can be charged by plugging it into a 120-240 VAC residential electrical outlet using a the specified cord. Cheers to Chevy!

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