Who’s resurrecting the electric car?

Electro-Shock Therapy.

When one of the world’s mightiest corporations throws everything it’s got at a project, and when it shreds its rule book in the process, the results are likely to be impressive.

The story of GM’s Volt. Not your standard hybrid:

Still, even for General Motors, the Volt is a reach. If it meets specifications, it will charge up overnight from any standard electrical socket. It will go 40 miles on a charge. Then a small gasoline engine will ignite. The engine’s sole job will be to drive a generator, whose sole job will be to maintain the battery’s charge—not to drive the wheels, which will never see anything but electricity. In generator mode, the car will drive hundreds of miles on a tank of gas, at about 50 miles per gallon. But about three-fourths of Americans commute less than 40 miles a day, so on most days most Volt drivers would use no gas at all.

Update: If wishes and dedications were cars, this beggar would drive! My friend Jasia of CreativeGene attended the 2007 auto show, took pictures, and dedicated her pix of the Volt to me. (link is to the first of her 5 Volt photos)

2 responses to “Who’s resurrecting the electric car?”

  1. kerry bradshaw

    Any of the major corporations could have developed the Volt, and many will follow a year of so later. Without batteries capable of lasting 10 years, the Volt would not be feasible. Nor are any battery only electric cars, which at present do NOT represent anything even remotely viable to the gas powered car.
    teh best news is that a 40 mile plug-in can avoid practically as many emissions and gasoline as an all-electric car (sometimes even more,as in the case where the all-electric can’t reach a destination with its typical 45 mile driving radius and total gas power is required). Don’t even mention the Tesla as a serious vehicle – there won’t be enough of them on the road to accomplish anything.

  2. Steve

    40 miles? GM is lying to you and themselves. They destroyed all the ev1’s so no one could re-make them and in the process may have set the course for their own demise. Sadly for the auto industry the RAV4 EV was not destroyed – and is still running strong after a decade : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP4X00a68_k&feature=related

    Also, there are plenty of other manufacturers averaging over 100 miles on a charge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw7zNrDzfwo&feature=related