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."
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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