Hybrid cars use a combination of electric and gasoline engine power to get you where you're going. The Chevy Volt uses only electricity. The companion gasoline engine is to dynamically recharge the lithium-ion batteries as the vehicle is in use.
Anonymous commented on October 02, 2008
Anybody have any idea how heavy the batteries are in the volt?
Anonymous commented on September 21, 2008
What is the lowest temperature this car will run in? And what is the % of battery capacity at these low temperatures? In Northern Ontario here we can get -40 to -50C Winter is about 8 months of the year here so this is a major concern of any Northerner
Anonymous commented on July 06, 2008
Let us not forget that battery technology is advancing as we speak. If battery replacement is required in 10 years, I have no doubt that by then, there cost will drop significantly along with a large increase in efficiency.
Anonymous commented on May 20, 2008
I have to agree with posters who have doubts.... I cant see battery technology being any less efficient than the EV1.... Did you catch the part where he called EV1 drivers "owners"? Anyone who knows...GM never sold any EV1's, they refused to. GM only allowed leases with no option to buy. WHY? OIL. I believe it's the reason this car is not out on the road today.
Anonymous commented on April 11, 2008
Jarod, thanks for the insightful pros and cons.
Anonymous commented on October 01, 2007
The Chevy Volt IS an All-Electric vehicle. Chevy has only added a generator, so you won't get stranded without a means of recharging your vehicle. One main reason auto consumers aren't out buying up all-electric vehicles is because no one wants to be stranded on the side of the road in need of an electric outlet. The 40 miles, instead of 100 miles, of all-electric travel is because the Chevy Volt is using 66% less battery volume of the EV1. Obviously, shedding weight serves many useful purposes, like better performance and fuel economy. I personally live 15 miles from work, and occasionally take a trip on the weekends of about 400 miles. With the Chevy Volt, I could go to work during the week and never use a drop of gasoline. Then, I could take my weekend trip in the same vehicle and still get 50mpg which is much better gas mileage than in my current vehicle. Also, keep in mind that since the generator is not part of the power-train, it can be fueled by any alternate fuel simply by replacing the generators motor. Hybrid vehicles all have an electric motor and a gasoline motor as part of the power-train. When the batteries in a Hybrid vehicle discharge, you are left with only a very small gasoline motor to power the car. This usually happens when the regenerative braking does not function, like when climbing a mountain or in the city gridlock. I wouldn't want to try to climb a mountain with a 1liter engine. The Chevy Volt will have the same performance, regardless of driving conditions. Don't forget that this vehicle will not consume energy when sitting still in traffic, unlike conventional gasoline or hybrid vehicles. Since the Chevy Volt has a battery life of approx 10 years, battery replacement cost shouldn't be an issue for the original owner, because most people don't keep a vehicle longer than 10 years. As far as 100 miles being better than 40 miles, the Chevy Volt has a total range of 640 miles when used like a hybrid. That’s enough range to plan a vacation around. Up until the Chevy Volt, owners of all-electric vehicles had to purchase, or rent, a second vehicle to take trips. Now you only need one vehicle for both. Sign me up!
Anonymous commented on July 18, 2007
The three major auto makers should dust off earlier designs and get serious about FULLY powered electric automobilies, but maybe they are only interested to serve oil companies and help other auto makers outside of the United States.
Anonymous commented on June 27, 2007
I watched the movie "Who killed the electric car" recently. Essentially it was the big oil companies who have alot of money yet to make. i'm afraid we will not have honest efforts for oil replacement for a long time.
Anonymous commented on June 25, 2007
Mr. Cordell raises many significant questions that need to be answered. The cost per mile ($0.02) need to be adjusted for the Life/Mileage/Replacement Cost of the batteries.
Anonymous commented on June 25, 2007
The most advanced vehicular battery pack currently in production is produced by Altair Nano Technologies, altairnano.com. Life cycle testing has demonstrated more than 9500 deep discharge cycles with only slight degradation of performance. Rapid charge time, 10mins, passed government safety tests, cold weather operation at minus 30 degrees centigrade and still at 90% of full capacity. Phoenixmotorcars.com is delivering SUT's (Sport Utility Trucks) this year in California to Pacific Gas and Electric. Speed of 95mph, 0 to 60 in 10seconds, and driving range on a full 35kWhr charge of over 100miles carrying 5 passengers and a full load in the pickup bed. Next year these vehicles will be available to the public according to Phoenix.
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