General Motors officially unveiled the Chevy Volt today,
revealing a more conventional-looking car than the concept vehicle that
electrified the Detroit Auto Show 18 months ago.
GM revealed a few details about the car, but the unveiling
really raised more questions than it answered.
Facts disclosed include:
engine will deliver the equivalent of 150 hp with a top speed of
batteries will power the car up to 40 miles on a single charge from a home
engine will be able to run on gasoline or E85 ethanol
can configure a liquid-crystal instrument display to meet individual
will be available in showrooms in November 2010
Facts not disclosed:
Analysts think the price of the car could approach $40,000
on the lithium-ion battery, which is still under development
materials used to reduce weight. The concept car featured a developmental
composite made from recycled beverage containers
The car shown features very aerodynamic lines that do seem
to include a partially polycarbonate roof – one of the features that attracted
interest in the concept car.
"The Volt is symbolic of what General Motors stands for
today. Certainly that means cutting-edge technology, exciting design and fast and
efficient product development," said GM Chairman Rick Wagoner. "The Volt
symbolizes General Motors' commitment to the future."