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September 17th, 2008
According to CNNMoney.com, General Motors officially unveiled the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle on Tuesday. GM says the Volt will go on sale in 2010.
The Volt will be driven by electricity stored in a large lithium-ion battery pack running the length of the car. The Volt will be able to run for about 40 miles without using any gasoline after charging up for several hours. To charge the batteries, drivers will plug a cord into one of the ports by the driver’s side mirror. The cord can then be plugged into a normal home electrical outlet.
The car will have the equivalent of about 150 horsepower and a top speed of 100 mph, says GM. The car’s zero-to-sixty time will be under nine seconds, said GM vehicle line director Tony Posawatz. That would make the performance about average for a modern car.
Unfortunately, GM did not announce a price for the car. However they did say that recharging the car will cost “less than purchasing a cup of your favorite coffee”, and use less electricity annually than a refrigerator. The Volt should cost less than 2 cents per mile to drive on electricity, GM said, compared to 12 cents a mile on gasoline at a price of $3.60 a gallon.
Many people writing on car blogs are disappointed with the look of the car. What do you think?
To learn more about the features and hear more of what people are saying about the Volt, click here.
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