New York Times columnist David Pogue had more discussion with Bob Lutz about the Chevy Volt than was able to be aired on the CBS Sunday Morning segment. So like any good reporter, he reported it in today’s New York Times (link).
Bob let out some important new information for us to digest and ponder, here are his quotes, followed by comments of yours truly:
1. Volt performance:
“Our performance targets for the Volt are 0 to 60 in around five or six seconds. Top speed of 120 miles an hour for a limited time. A hundred miles an hour is sustainable.”
0 to 60 in 5-6 seconds is faster than the 8-8.5 seconds chief engineer Nick Zielinksi told us. Now thats performance! Lets look for this surprise.
[[[UPDATE: GM has advised me that unfortunately, Bob misspoke, the 0 to 60 time will actually be 8.5-9.0 seconds]]]
2. First public test drives:
“I’m hoping that as early as spring of ’08, we will have the first rough prototypes running, which will permit members of the media to drive 30 or 40 miles purely on batteries and listen to the internal combustion engine kick in. ”
If they let me, I’ll be there!
3. Release date:
“It’ll either be late ’10 or early ’11, but we’re still holding everybody’s feet to the fire for 2010.”
Yikes!! We’re not backing off the promise already?
4. Arrival of first battery packs:
“We get the first experimental packs from our two developmental suppliers in October. And then we can start bench testing.”
Hey thats in 9 days!
“My personal target still is to bring this car into the market at, you know, nicely below $30,000. And if we achieve that, it will really become a viable solution.”
He says if.
6. Production Volt appearance:
“Obviously, it’s not going to have, like, 22- or 23-inch wheels. But you always do that with show cars. You have way bigger wheels than you put in production.
It’s going to be close enough to the show car to where, when people see one on the road for the first time, they’re going to say, “That’s the Chevrolet Volt.” And it’ll be totally different from any other General Motors car, which I think is part of the secret of the Prius. By driving a Prius, everybody knows, “Oh, that person is concerned with the environment.” Being noticed for what you’re driving is very powerful motivation for what you drive.”
That’s reassuring, we will being seeing the Volt.
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