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Video: Chevrolet Volt Test Mule

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The latest in the Chevrolet E-Flex line up are a series of Chevrolet Cruze bodied extended range electric vehicles. In order for General Motors engineers to perfect the working parts of the future production Volt, Chevrolet has developed a series of test mules to work out all the kinks and prepare GM for the November 2010 deadline for a road going Chevrolet Volt.




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Yeah, the electric bill would go up, but not as much as you would save on gas, particularly if (when?) the price of gasoline goes back up. Not to mention, using electricity potentially gives the option of using renewable sources like solar or wind to reduce the amount of power you draw from the grid...

If you drive for 40 Miles everyday then you will have to charge the batteries at your home everyday. So the 2K you save on gas will probably be offset by increased electricity bills.

But there are some issue here though. liek this EPA concerns. As of September 2008, General Motors was reportedly in disagreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency regarding how the Volt should be tested to determine its official fuel economy rating. The EPA reportedly wants to alter the method of testing currently used for all other hybrid vehicles. If tested with the same EPA tests used by other hybrids, the Volt’s ability to use the energy stored in the batteries would result in it achieving a fuel economy rating of over 100 mpg, which would make the Volt the first mass-produced automobile to achieve such a rating.

In fact it is anticipated that the Chevrolet Volt will be granted a California Air Resources Board (CARsmiley classification as an Advanced Technology Partial zero-emissions vehicle (AT-PZEV) Assuming a fully charged battery, the Volt will use no gasoline and produce no tailpipe emissions for up to 40 miles (64 km) of initial daily driving.However, after 40 miles (64 km), the state-of-charge (SOC) of the HV battery will be depleted and the internal combustion engine (ICE) will startup to commence power. generation

I check those sites and well the specs are promising as well as the future that these electric cars can offer. Well I think its high time that GMC offers more environmental friendly line up to resolve its financial bankruptcy.

You can compare the amount of dollars you spend for gas bills and compare it with your electric bills in a month. Tesla and Fisker have better high performance sports car and mind you its all electric. Checkout their site and know more about the efficiency of these car types. But of course I want my carburetor burning —oh the smell of the gas is something we cant erase in most car drivers’ memory.

I think that there should still be charging stations for electric cars for cases of emergency situations. But Whitemamba’s comment got me thinking on how much the consumer would be able to save?

The funny thing is that eveytime they talk about electric cars, the first thing that comes into mo mind are those small and mini cars. But now, they are as cool-looking as normal cars. If other car companies would be able to produce them as Chevy did it, electric cars would surely be a hit!

This test mules are having their run to assure the public the plug-in cars are the new trend in automobile industry easy to use and economical. The fact that it will not need charging stations at all, since you can charge it in your own house provided the cord is available.

I don’t think so. There’s so much public pressure from the public and environmental groups to support this project so I don’t think Chevrolet Volt will have so much problem with that. As for the gas stations, I think that they can put up their own charging stations.

It may look exciting but we still need to check if the government will be very sincere in handling these very special cars. They need much attention because for me, it’s like reinventing the car all over again. I’m not even sure if gas stations all over the world would set up their charging stations because that might mean loses to their profit.

The Volt’s 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can also be fully charged by plugging the car into a 120-240VAC residential electrical outlet using the provided SAE J1772 compliant charging cord. No external charging station will be required. That’s really economical and surely and easy thing to do.

Unlike other hybrid cars this one is a plug- in series therefore the actual propulsion of the Volt is accomplished by the electric motor, as the internal combustion engine that is not directly connected to the wheels. Sounds promising for a greener future in autmobile industry.

This Electric car looks exciting but we still have to wait until it goes on sale by 2010 of Novermber. As I have known the Volt’s propulsion system will be based on GM’s new Voltec (formerly known as E-Flex) platform.

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