This website is all about the GM Chevrolet Volt extended range electric car.
WHAT IS THE VOLT?:
The Volt is radically different than any on the road today. Although agreement about definitions vary, GM does not consider it a hybrid. Current hybrids cars, such as the Prius, are defined as parallel hybrids, meaning they have a small electric motor that moves the car when it is going slowly, but when speed or acceleration increases, a gasoline motor kicks in. The Volt, however, is considered an extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV). It has a very powerful all-electric 161-horsepower 45KW (100 KW peak) motor that powers the car at all times. This motor capable of moving the car from 0 to 60 in under 9 seconds, and has a top speed of at least 100 mph.
The electric engine gets its power from a very powerful high-voltage battery pack that can store enough energy to drive the car up to 40 miles in standard driving conditions. That battery pack is recharged by plugging the car into your home 110 (or 220) volt wall outlet, just like you do your iPod or cell phone. The full-charge cycle takes about 10 hours (4 hours at 220). Yes, this will increase your electric bill, but you will charge the car overnight when rates are lower. Much more importantly, you will need NO GASOLINE for drives from 25 to 50 miles. So, if gas prices continue to go through the roof, you really won’t care. In most areas, your electricity costs should amount to a gas equivalent price of 50 cents per gallon. Studies suggest that 78% of drivers drive less than 40 miles per day.
[ad#post_ad-left-1-1]Another very important feature of the Volt, and the reason some people (not GM) still consider it a hybrid, is that it will still have an on-board gasoline combustion engine. Only in the Volt, this engine is the smaller one, and has only one task, it produces electricity for the motor when the stored power gets low. The engine is not connected to the wheels, it is only a generator. The brilliance of this feature is that you will have an overall driving range of nearly 400 miles. The efficiency of this engine amounts to up to 37mpg. The old EV-1 did not have this function.
This gas engine only has to run at one of a few RPMs. It could also be considered an emergency generator. If you have to drive more than 40 miles, you needn’t worry because the generator will allow you to continue to drive.
The electric motor also can generate a lot of instantaneous torque, making the car extremely responsive, and not require gears either. Maintenance will be low.
The battery pack uses lithium-ion (li-ion) technology. Current hybrids use nickel-metal hydride (NiMh), which carry much less energy per unit weight. Developing the lithium-ion battery packs has been one of the things that has taken so long to develop. In January 2009, GM finally announced after considerable testing, it had chosen LG Chem to supply the lithium-ion battery cell. GM themselves are creating and assembling the packs with their own software, and thermal management systems.
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The Volt was first announced by General Motors (GM) in January 2007 as a concept car. This site, GM-volt.com, was created on the same date to help compel GM to build the car.
On June 3rd, 2008, GM CEO Rick Wagoner announced that the board of GM approved moving the Volt to production.
On September 16th 2008, GM unveiled the production version Chevy Volt to the world.
On January 19, 2010 GM began operations at its Brownstown Michigan battery assembly plant, beginning mass production of lithium-ion battery packs for the Chevy Volt. This is the first battery pack assembly plant operated by a major US automaker.
On July 27, 2010 GM announced the MSRP of the Volt at $41,000 and begin taking orders at selected dealerships in seven states; California, Michigan, Washington DC, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
On November 30, 2010 GM announced retail production had begun.
On December 13, 2010 GM began shipments of the first cusomter cars to Chevy dealerships
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Founder and publisher:
Dr. Lyle Dennis founded this site. Although a full-time physician, Lyle is a highly-committed advocate for widespread use of alternative energy and petroleum displacement, and believes the adoption of this vehicle will have a tremendously positive impact both on this country and the world as a whole. Although he has some engineering background, Lyle does not in any way work for General Motors (GM) or the car industry at all.
In September 2010 Dr. Dennis was named to GM’s Volt Consumer Advisory Board. In November 2010, he took delivery of a pre-launch Volt to live with for three months. In December 2010 he took delivery of his own Chevrolet Volt capping off nearly four years of waiting and writing this blog.
In February of 2011 Vertical Scope took ownership of this website.
Since then Dr Dennis remains a committed electric car enthusiast and his family currently owns two electric cars. He has turned his online efforts to helping people with their health and has launched a health sharing network called HealthKeep.