The Chevy Volt remains the near-term grail for green-car enthusiasts. The 40-mile, all-electric driving range combined with the convenience of an onboard battery charger seems to solve most of the problems that face electric vehicles.
While the car will, in the majority of applications, be 100% EV, it has the option for longer trips that pure-EVs just can't deliver.
But in a recent email exchange with PetroZero, Bob Lutz, VP of product development at GM, indicated that the Volt might actually have an all-EV version for the true enthusiasts. The car would be developed primarily for California, to meet the zero-emissions vehicle mandate.
While the range-extending electric technology of the Volt will make it appealing to the mass-consumption of American, an EV option is a welcome thought to diehard ecogeeks. The pure EV version would remove the onboard generator and, instead carry more battery packs, extending the range significantly.
Though the pure-EV isn't going to have anything like the 600-mile range of the range-extended version, it could easily triple the 40-mile all-electric range. And so now we all have one more reason to be excited about the Volt.
written by Al Lococo, May 05, 2008
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