There's finally a picture (more a teaser image than a solid picture) of what the production version of the Chevy Volt hybrid electric vehicle will look like when it finally is released. It doesn't show a lot, but what is shown is sleeker and more aerodynamic than the initial versions we've seen in various places up until now.
Sleeker and more aerodynamic is important for the efficiency of any vehicle. According to the GM press release, "Aerodynamic drag accounts for approximately 20 percent of the energy consumed in an average vehicle, directly impacting vehicle fuel efficiency." In one of the LA Auto Show videos posted here earlier, GM vice chairman Bob Lutz joked that the original Volt concept "probably would have done better in the wind tunnel if they had put it in backwards."
The vehicle line director of the Volt was quoted at GM-Volt saying that aerodynamics would be more important than either weight or electrics in ensuring the Volt's 40 mile, all-electric range.
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