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2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept…….. January 9, 2007

Posted by wilsonniblett in Auto News.
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Volt Concept 

If you have ever dreamed of having a vehicle that is quiet running, has smooth power and could ease the pain of fluctuating gas prices?  Well, check out the new Chevrolet Volt Concept car that was unveiled at the North American Auto Show in Detroit this week.

http://www.gm.com/company/gm_exp_live/events/naias_2007/index_flash.html?navID=3.0.1.1

The above link will bring you to a Flash page on the General Motors site.  You can click on the various images of the Volt and get a perfect view of the advanced styling they have used to create a pleasing yet functional wind cutting design.  At the bottom of this Flash page, you can select “Webcasts”. click on this and you will view the actual presentation of the Volt by Rick Waggoner and Bob Lutz at the Detroit Show.

The technology of this concept is very forward thinking and incorporates many new features.  The batteries can withstand deep discharge and recharge rates without degradation.  Many of the panels are newly blended composites created with the assistance of GE.  The side windows are Lexan, just as is used in fighter planes for it’s strencght and light weight.

Personally, I am a true “Gearhead” at heart and love new technology, especially if it will add a performance increase to a vehicle.  The new Volt Concept does just that.  Here is a car that will cruise in traffic at 70 Mph (120 Kph) with the on-board generator only coming on occasionally to top up the battery charge in the vehicle.  If you go only 40 Miles in a day in city traffic, the gasoline (or E85) powered on-board generator might never need to be activated; therefore using no petroleum based fuels.

Just think, when you arive home at the end of the day, all you have to do is plug the car into your electrical outlet.  When you awake the next morning refreshed and ready for the day, so is the battery pack in your car!

I would love to drive this vehicle and I sincerely hope they bring it to production in the near future. 

How about you?  Do you have a desire to own a vehicle like this? Let me know what you think.

The Chevy Enthusiast

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