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    Volt Redesign Revealed
    The electric car that could save GM has been redesigned after it failed wind tunnel testing. GM was expected to keep quiet about the redesign until September, revealing it only to GM employees, before finally unveiling it to the public at the 2009 NAIAS in Detroit in January. ABC news has obtained video of the latest redesign of the Volt, showing the front drivers side quadrant of the car and exposing Volt fans to what will likely be the production design. Frequent Criticism of the Volt: Q. What? Only 40-miles? Didn't the EV1 get 120 miles? A. Don't forget that once that 120-mile AER is gone, you had to park the EV1 for hours to recharge it. Not so with Volt. It uses a 40-mile battery (enough for most peoples daily commutes), but has a backup generator onboard to provide for more range if needed. Also, the EV1 range was measured from a SOC of 100% to 0%. The Volt is from 80% to 30%. Apply the same restrictions on the EV1, and you're looking at about 37 to 60 miles. With the Volt, plugging in is what saves you money and gas, but it's entirely optional. It's this flexibility that will sell unlike the EV1. Q. $45,000 or more! Are they insane? A. GM CEO recently estimated the price will be in the mid-to-upper 30's, meaning you can expect the Volt to cost around $37,500. If you consider tax credits (we might see $5,000) and high gas prices (averaging $6 or more over the lifetime of the car), the Volt will actually have the same lifetime cost as a Prius. Q. Will a 161HP electric motor be powerful enough? A. Yes. Don't forget that electric motors are much more efficient than gas engines. You also get constant high torque. Gas engines don't reach peak performance until they are at screaming high RPM. Q. But the onboard genset is only rated for 71HP. Does that mean when the genset kicks on, my car will perform like a post-war Beetle? A. No, you shouldn't notice a performance difference. While you are cruising, much of the power from the genset is not immediately consumed. You would be surprised how little horsepower is required to keep a car going, even at high speeds. It can thus store the excess energy in the battery for when you really do need it. So for this reason, you shouldn't notice a performance difference. However, if you are constantly requiring 71HP or more (which doesn't happen for those of us that still have our licenses), the remaining energy in the battery will eventually be consumed, and you will be stuck at 71HP. But no one drives their cars like this unless you are on a very long race track. I'll add more answers as I get them. Probably the only legitimate criticism of the Volt is the high price. But this is new technology. I expect the price will come down as more are sold.