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Chevy Volt Hybrid Electric Vehicle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Allen   
Friday, 09 November 2007

Chevy VoltRecently a company called A123Systems was chosen to develop the battery cells for GM’s up and coming Chevy Volt.  A123Systems is associated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).   Right now they develop a nanophosphate based cell technology that will have a longer life and higher output over the lithium ion battery. I can see them pairing that technology with an ultracapacitor for the quick boots of energy needed to get up hills and pass.  Below is a diagram where you can see how big the current battery pack is.

The Chevrolet Volt will be equipped with both a gas tank and a battery. For commuters that drive fewer than 40 miles a day, the Chevy Volt would use no gasoline and create zero emissions... it would travel on battery power alone.  That would save you around 500 gallons of gas per year. That is a big savings at the current price.  For the drivers that drive 60 miles per day it would get about 150 miles per gallon.  GM expects that its Volt electric vehicle will go on sale in 2010.

 

It will be interesting to see how all of these new hybrid electric cars roll out.. (pun intended).   =)  Greg 

       Chevy Volt Cutaway

Readers have left 4 comments.
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I wonder the battery cost would be over $30K. That couldn't afford to have a Volt.
Cheney Chan (Unregistered) • 2007-11-13 02:58:07
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Good thought. What will that cost be?
Guest (Unregistered) • 2007-11-13 20:37:58
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Why is Chevy in such a big hurry to reinvent the electric car? They killed thy e-car.
Guest (Unregistered) • 2007-11-29 09:22:35
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To me it is a matter of common sense to produce a capacitor battery to power autos.
The advantages of such a battery are so tremendous I marvel that we keep on beating dead horses such as lead acid and lithium ion.
Guest Jay McKean (Unregistered) • 2007-12-31 09:15:46
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