Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

And this is not a rumor. Bob Lutz himself confirmed that the first fully operational Chevy Volt protptype has hit the road!

But this is only the proof that the concept car exist! But, on the other hand, the mule has all of the basic components the final Chevy Volt will although in rough form, now most importantly including the full 16 kWh 40+ mile range lithium-ion battery pack. So, this means the car is on its way! It will be unveiled in two years.

Here’s what Lutz had to say: "The only things that were wrong with the EV1 (GM’s first electric car) was that it was way too expensive to make; it was only a two-passenger; and the battery technology was not ready," Lutz said. "It was a noble effort, but it was a technological force job and at a time when nobody cared. We could not find more than 800 buyers for that thing no matter how hard we tried or no matter how much we dropped the price. Finally we had to lease them out."

"We’ve got the first car running (with lithium-ion batteries) ... and what the guys get on ’sightings’ is a picture of an old Malibu with black wheels and a very long extension cord," he said chuckling at the thought. We have gasoline and 350 to 400 volts (of electricity) in the same vehicle and we have to be careful about it," he said.

Source: GM Volt

Lately a spy shot with a supposed Chevy Volt mule with li-ion pack started to circulate on the internet. But what’s the real deal with the car in that picture? It is true that GM is testing E-Flex mule vehicles for a few month now, but this is not one of them.

Chevrolet Volt Mule Underhood Shot

According to GM EFlex spokesman Rob Peterson: "We have had E-Flex mule vehicles testing components on our test tracks in Milford for over five months. However, the one being shown is not one of them. The photo circulating on the web is a Volt ride and handling test vehicle. It does not include E-Flex propulsion components - specifically, it does not include the li-ion t-pack."

So, what you see in this pictures is a real E-Flex mule with the E-Flex drivetrain, but no li-ion pack.

Source: GM Volt

In an interview with the BusinessWeek magazine, Bob Lutz said that the price for the production version of the electric Volt could reach about $48,000. He said that $40,000 is possible only if GM doesn’t make a penny on the car. Only if the government throws on tax incentives for purchasing a Volt, could only take the price close to the $30,000 mark.

And he continued that the Volt is the next big step for GM. Well, yes you know that already, but are you ready to pay that price for an electric car? This is the price tag for most of the luxury-cars available on the market at the moment. So, what will Volt bring that important to worth the price? Well, we will see, won’t we?

Chevrolet Volt Concept was unveiled last year at the Detroit Auto Show. It is powered by the E-flex System – GM’s next-generation electric propulsion system. The Volt is also designed to run on E85, a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

Source: Egmcartech
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Sometimes, you get the impression that Bob Lutz is the John McCain of General Motors. You know, says things “from the hip,” stuff that comes across as being revolutionary because people in his position aren’t supposed to talk that way. Stuff that, when you start thinking about it a bit more, makes no sense.

The latest comes from comments Lutz, product boss at GM, made to Wired magazine during the North American International Auto Show. According to Wired, Lutz said that the forthcoming Chevy Volt might not meet its target price of $30,000 and might, in fact, actually come in at $40,000. According to Wired, Lutz says the car’s not about sales, but prestige: “If it doesn’t work, it’s not fatal. But if it does work, it’ll be sensational.” Lutz portrayed the car as nothing technologically revolutionary – “[t]here is nothing magic about the technology” - and says that others will be doing the same three years after the Volt is introduced. “But there is no doubt you’d like to be able to leapfrog Toyota and come out with a car they aren’t ready to do.”

Bob Lutz and the Chevy Volt: price doesn't count?

It brought to mind’s own questions to Lutz about the effect of price increases due to the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which Lutz projects at between $5,000 and $6,000 per car, possibly more. Asked during NAIAS if that wouldn’t make people want to keep their older cars and, thereby, drive down demand for new cars, Lutz seemed unprepared to answer the question, struggled for a while, and then said that higher new car prices would just increase the prices for used cars, narrowing the margin between new and used. Even though the predicted CAFE-caused price increase amounts to raising the real cost of a new car by 20%, Lutz expressed no worry over the effect of that increase, either on the company’s fortunes or that of the overall economy.

A fleet of gas-friendly vehicles from Chevrolet will bring an eco-friendly presence to the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 10. As the “official vehicle of the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards,” Chevrolet will provide both Hybrid and FlexFuel E85 ethanol SUVs to transport talent to the Awards telecast and other GRAMMY Week events. In addition, Chevrolet will “electrify” the red carpet with a show-stopping display of the extended-range electric vehicle Chevy Volt Concept car.

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Every now and then, you get the impression that Bob Lutz and Rick Wagoner don’t often compare notes. This past Thursday, General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner told the press that the Chevy Volt couldn’t be guaranteed for 2010. But today, in a posting on GM’s FastLane blog, Vice-Chairman Robert Lutz says the company is “holding tight” to the 2010 target date. Perhaps there is no more to this than a difference in emphasis. The two comments are not actually inconsistent with one (...)

Everyone hopes that the Volt will be launched in 2010. Including GM. But there are big possibilities for this not to happen. Reason? Battery! GM is still making big efforst to develop the technology required to produce a battery-powered car for the masses. "We continue to put massive resources into production as soon as possible."

Source: Detroit News

he massive fan in GM’s aero lab wind tunnel has been cranked up to full blast as GM’s designers and engineers work to optimize the aerodynamics of the Chevrolet Volt as part of the quest to make the breakthrough concept car a production reality. Aerodynamic improvement is a critical step in meeting the range targets necessary for moving the vehicle to a final production decision.

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That is the production targeted by General Motors for the introductory year of the Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet Volt , according to Bloomberg News. Bloomberg said the information came from a GM insider. GM’s Robert Lutz has predicted the Volt’s introduction by late 2010. At that production level, GM would be building four times as many Volts in the introductory year as Toyota did of the Prius in its first year on the market. Putting that into perspective, Chevrolet Chevrolet plans to produce as many Volts in its first (...)
General Motors Corp. and A123Systems, Inc. will co-develop cells with A123System’s nanophosphate battery chemistry for a long-lasting, safe and powerful battery for use in GM’s electric drive E-Flex system. The agreement is expected to expedite the development of the batteries for both electric plug-in vehicles and fuel cell variants of the E-Flex architecture. "Breakthrough battery technology will drive future automotive propulsion, and the company that aligns with the best strategic (...)

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