The Low Down On Green Living
August 11th, 2009
If you’ve been surfing the web for the past few weeks, then you’ve inevitably come across those intriguing ads showing the number “23″ followed by a smiley-faced plug icon (or a “230″ if you see things that way). Some wondered whether it was some new smart grid product. Others mused that it must be some new tech company marketing campaign (Apple?). Still others thought it was a new announcement from an electric vehicle manufacturer.
Well, today GM announced that the Chevy Volt is on track to get 230 MPG in the city based on the combined performance of its plug-in electric / gasoline drive train. Some other interesting stats in today’s announcements:
- The Volt will drive 40 miles on electricity alone, and has a total range of around 300 miles per tank/charge;
- The battery can be charged using a typical home outlet, and a full charge will cost about $0.40 / day;
- MPG on the highway will be “in the triple digits.”
- The car should reach showrooms in late 2010, and will be in the $40,000 range. (At that price, will they be leapfrogged by a Prius plug-in?)
- There are also photos of a more production-ready Volt - not as futuristic as the concept car, but still pretty attractive (see below).
GM seems to be on track to solve the two biggest challenges (excluding cost) of the Volt: ensuring necessary battery life / performance, and perfecting the software that switches between electric and gasoline power.
Let’s hope that they pull this off, and that the announcement stimulates the competition to get more specific about their plans for plug-ins as well.
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