Go Back  AcuraZine - Acura Enthusiast Community > Automotive Discussion > Automotive News
Reload this Page >

Chevrolet: Volt news **Production Cut (page 8)**

Notices

Chevrolet: Volt news **Production Cut (page 8)**

 
Old 01-07-2007, 01:49 AM
  #1  
Moderator Alumnus
Thread Starter
 
gavriil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Washington DC (NOVA)
Age: 47
Posts: 16,399
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Chevrolet: Volt news **Production Cut (page 8)**

Top Speed: 120MPH
0-60 Acceleration: 8.5 Seconds
Range: 640 Miles (with batteries and on-board generator).
Battery only range: 40 Miles
Weight: 3200 pounds
Recharge Time: 6.5 Hours

Article content:

"General Motors will unveil an electric concept car, the Chevrolet Volt, which has created the most buzz in advance of the (NAIAS) show. GM says the Volt, a plug-in hybrid, could deliver the equivalent of 150 miles a gallon.

The Volt thus promises - at least in theory, given that it would not be produced without a leap in battery technology - three times the mileage of a Toyota Prius."

When General Motors unwraps the Chevrolet Volt for the press today (Sunday 01/07/07), it will be revealing much more than the latest fantasy from its styling studios.

Beyond its striking coupelike lines, the Volt is also a declaration of GM's intent to mass-produce a new type of hybrid-electric vehicle, one that can drive up to 40 miles on batteries alone and recharge itself with an onboard generator - or by plugging into a standard 110-volt household outlet.

The Volt is also less than it appears. The batteries to make it roadworthy do not yet exist, a shortcoming GM acknowledges.

The squat four-seat hybrid sedan previews a new family of plug-in electric drive systems that GM calls E-Flex. The system, which the company plans to begin installing globally when the batter technology is mature, will be capable of delivering the equivalent of 100 miles a gallon or more in urban driving, GM officials said. The Volt's total range is 640 miles using the combined capacity of fully charged batteries and a built-in gasoline-powered generator.

While hybrids like the Toyota Prius can drive short distances on batter power and make longer trips using a thrifty gasoline engine, the Volt's gas engine is not connected to the wheels. It turns only a generator to charge the battery pack, a design typically called a series hybrid, and operates in a narrow RPM range for maximum efficiency.

In the Volt, the E-Flex drive system consists of a small three-cylinder gas engine, a 53-kilowatt generator and a long lithium-ion battery pack that forms a spine down the center of the car's floor.

To maximize batter life, the engine that drives the generator automatically kicks in when the battery's charge falls below 30% of capacity and shuts off when the battery charge reaches 80% of maximum; at that point E-flex reverts to pure electric mode.

"We've dubbed this feature a 'range extender'" said robert A. Lutz, GM's vice chairman for product development. "It also provides a steady flow of electricity to get the vehicle home or to the nearest charging plug."

GM is planning to offer E-flex power systems in all major world markets. The company's next generation compact car platform due in 2009, has been designed to accept an E-Flex battery pack, generator and related hardware.

While development of the new electric drive system has already begun, the company can not set a production schedule until the proper batteries are ready, said Nick Zielinski, the Volt's chief engineer.
Source: news.windingroad.com
gavriil is offline  
Old 01-07-2007, 01:50 AM
  #2  
Moderator Alumnus
Thread Starter
 
gavriil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Washington DC (NOVA)
Age: 47
Posts: 16,399
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
gavriil is offline  
Old 01-07-2007, 01:51 AM
  #3  
Moderator Alumnus
Thread Starter
 
gavriil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Washington DC (NOVA)
Age: 47
Posts: 16,399
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts




Source: news.windingroad.com
gavriil is offline  
Old 01-07-2007, 02:00 PM
  #4  
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 4,411
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The tech is great. The styling, so-so, IMHO. I've never been a big fan of offroading wagon/hatches, like the Audi Allroad et. all.
titan is offline  
Old 01-07-2007, 07:12 PM
  #5  
Registered Member
 
98CLChick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Age: 34
Posts: 4,120
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The were showing this on the news...the media preview special. Looks pretty sharp, imo.
98CLChick is offline  
Old 01-07-2007, 07:16 PM
  #6  
Pinky all stinky
 
phile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 20,499
Received 118 Likes on 71 Posts
It looks like it could've came out of the Acura design shop. Looks hot!
phile is offline  
Old 01-07-2007, 09:33 PM
  #7  
Senior Moderator
 
Yumcha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 147,187
Received 15,143 Likes on 9,400 Posts
Nice!
Yumcha is online now  
Old 01-07-2007, 10:57 PM
  #8  
Registered Member
 
Ashburner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Outside Houston
Age: 41
Posts: 6,035
Received 10 Likes on 6 Posts
Awesome commuter car! I'm not sure about the line that says the batteries to power this do not exist yet...
Ashburner is offline  
Old 01-07-2007, 11:40 PM
  #9  
how handsome I am
 
agranado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Miami, FL
Age: 34
Posts: 12,986
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Damn. That looks pretty hot.
agranado is offline  
Old 09-08-2008, 12:11 PM
  #10  
Registered Member
 
Type34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,133
Received 41 Likes on 37 Posts
First Production Photos - Chevy Volt

I'm sure more will roll out, but they just released the >first production photos< of the 2010 Chevrolet Volt.

As I said in my comment on the board, when I first saw the teaser shots, I thought it was going to be a Cobalt with a little more style…now I see it looks way better. Nice character lines and although I’d have to see the black rear portion in person (that may be a questionable design choice), I think it looks great.

If it can deliver on the stated MPG and performance, I say hats off to GM. It's the only American car company with a clue of where the market is going.
Type34 is offline  
Old 09-08-2008, 01:19 PM
  #11  
The sizzle in the Steak
 
Moog-Type-S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southern California
Posts: 71,438
Received 1,876 Likes on 1,296 Posts
Too bad there is a clown in every pic.
Moog-Type-S is offline  
Old 09-08-2008, 05:47 PM
  #12  
an asshole from florida
 
invisiblewar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: GO GATORS!
Age: 30
Posts: 9,406
Received 17 Likes on 15 Posts
i thought it was a 2 dr
invisiblewar is offline  
Old 09-08-2008, 05:48 PM
  #13  
The sizzle in the Steak
 
Moog-Type-S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southern California
Posts: 71,438
Received 1,876 Likes on 1,296 Posts
Originally Posted by invisiblewar View Post
i thought it was a 2 dr
It's a 4 door coupe
Moog-Type-S is offline  
Old 09-08-2008, 09:46 PM
  #14  
Registered Member
 
grondie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Burlington, NJ
Age: 52
Posts: 60
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Looks good, hopefully, they can get it out in a timely manner. I've really been impressed with GM lately.
grondie is offline  
Old 09-08-2008, 09:50 PM
  #15  
how handsome I am
 
agranado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Miami, FL
Age: 34
Posts: 12,986
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
is it really gonna look just like that? I love it
agranado is offline  
Old 09-09-2008, 03:23 AM
  #16  
Moderator Alumnus
Thread Starter
 
gavriil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Washington DC (NOVA)
Age: 47
Posts: 16,399
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
gavriil is offline  
Old 09-09-2008, 04:55 AM
  #17  
Registered Member
 
biker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Fairfax, VA
Age: 54
Posts: 11,577
Received 111 Likes on 88 Posts
Nice, now folks will just need to find a cheap place to plug in.
biker is offline  
Old 09-09-2008, 07:54 AM
  #18  
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 4,411
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think it's a great looking midsizer. I look forward to reading the specs on the car, and especially seeing the production version of interior.
titan is offline  
Old 09-09-2008, 08:44 AM
  #19  
Pinky all stinky
 
phile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 20,499
Received 118 Likes on 71 Posts
Originally Posted by titan View Post
I think it's a great looking midsizer. I look forward to reading the specs on the car, and especially seeing the production version of interior.
Don't hold your breath. This will be another Buick Invicta, where the concept is gorgeous, and the production is so watered down it hardly resembles the concept anymore, nor end up looking any good.
phile is offline  
Old 09-09-2008, 08:47 AM
  #20  
dom
Senior Moderator
 
dom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
Age: 42
Posts: 47,711
Received 797 Likes on 659 Posts
Originally Posted by phile View Post
Don't hold your breath. This will be another Buick Invicta, where the concept is gorgeous, and the production is so watered down it hardly resembles the concept anymore, nor end up looking any good.
I think this is pretty much production. At least 95% production. The car at the top of this thread was the concept. We shall see.
dom is offline  
Old 09-09-2008, 10:18 AM
  #21  
Senior Moderator
 
F23A4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Age: 51
Posts: 16,498
Received 491 Likes on 327 Posts
I like it.
F23A4 is offline  
Old 09-09-2008, 10:30 AM
  #22  
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 27,619
Received 2,242 Likes on 1,334 Posts
I actually thought the concept looked like ass, at least the side profile did. The recent pics of the production(?) model look nice. Still not a car I would buy, especially at that price, but it looks better than the Prius.
Costco is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 02:51 PM
  #23  
Registered Member
 
Type34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,133
Received 41 Likes on 37 Posts
Production photos are now available without ass-clowns standing in the way

I'm surprised at how much I like it...way more character than a Prius...nice job GM, you needed this...

http://img2.netcarshow.com/Chevrolet...llpaper_03.jpg

Last edited by Yumcha; 09-16-2008 at 10:35 PM. Reason: As requested...
Type34 is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 02:56 PM
  #24  
dom
Senior Moderator
 
dom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
Age: 42
Posts: 47,711
Received 797 Likes on 659 Posts
Nice indeed.

Too bad it'll be 40K.
dom is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 03:43 PM
  #25  
an asshole from florida
 
invisiblewar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: GO GATORS!
Age: 30
Posts: 9,406
Received 17 Likes on 15 Posts
they release photos of their cars too soon, just like the camaro
invisiblewar is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 03:59 PM
  #26  
The sizzle in the Steak
 
Moog-Type-S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southern California
Posts: 71,438
Received 1,876 Likes on 1,296 Posts
Originally Posted by Type34 View Post
Production photos are now available without ass-clowns standing in the way

I'm surprised at how much I like it...way more character than a Prius...nice job GM, you needed this...

Looks just like a vette

Moog-Type-S is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 06:04 PM
  #27  
how handsome I am
 
agranado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Miami, FL
Age: 34
Posts: 12,986
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S View Post
Looks just like a vette

totally does! I hope all electric cars look like vettes!
agranado is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 06:19 PM
  #28  
The sizzle in the Steak
 
Moog-Type-S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southern California
Posts: 71,438
Received 1,876 Likes on 1,296 Posts
^^
Moog-Type-S is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 07:17 PM
  #29  
Registered Member
 
Type34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,133
Received 41 Likes on 37 Posts
I always forget netcarshow.com doesn't allow direct links

Mods, you can remove the pic reference...

As far as cost, GM is lobbying for a $7500 tax credit for Volt buyers...not sure if they'll be successful...
Type34 is offline  
Old 09-16-2008, 10:36 PM
  #30  
Senior Moderator
 
Yumcha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 147,187
Received 15,143 Likes on 9,400 Posts
^ Edited as per your request!
Yumcha is online now  
Old 09-16-2008, 11:15 PM
  #31  
You'll Never Walk Alone
iTrader: (1)
 
iforyou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Age: 32
Posts: 9,028
Received 572 Likes on 385 Posts
wow the front reminds me of the 3G TL.
iforyou is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 10:08 AM
  #32  
Registered Member
 
Type34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,133
Received 41 Likes on 37 Posts
Originally Posted by invisiblewar View Post
they release photos of their cars too soon, just like the camaro
GM is releasing photos of two hallmark cars (Camaro and Volt) in an attempt to build consumer and investor confidence in the brand; it's stock is ridiculously low.

It's also celebrating it's 100 year anniversary this year, so the Volt release was to honor that milestone (same way Ford did with the Ford GT in 2003).

wow the front reminds me of the 3G TL.
And yes, it does kinda have an Acura face, especially the headlights ...and kinda a Honda CRX rear...
Type34 is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 10:23 AM
  #33  
Senior Moderator
Regional Coordinator
(Mid-Atlantic)
iTrader: (6)
 
97BlackAckCL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: ShitsBurgh
Age: 38
Posts: 89,161
Received 3,139 Likes on 2,207 Posts
Wow, doesn't look like the concept that I saw. Looks to me like a newer accord ripoff. meh
97BlackAckCL is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 10:37 AM
  #34  
dom
Senior Moderator
 
dom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
Age: 42
Posts: 47,711
Received 797 Likes on 659 Posts
Originally Posted by Type34 View Post
I always forget netcarshow.com doesn't allow direct links

Mods, you can remove the pic reference...

As far as cost, GM is lobbying for a $7500 tax credit for Volt buyers...not sure if they'll be successful...
The right pic was there yesterday when I posted.
dom is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 10:38 AM
  #35  
dom
Senior Moderator
 
dom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
Age: 42
Posts: 47,711
Received 797 Likes on 659 Posts
Actually, I still see the Volt pic now.

I saw the Vette at home last night.
dom is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 10:52 AM
  #36  
Oderint dum metuant.
 
chill_dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Lake Wylie
Age: 41
Posts: 12,497
Likes: 0
Received 533 Likes on 445 Posts
I can't believe people are blasting the car's design (not necessarily here). So it doesn't look like the concept? In my opinion, the production model looks better than the concept.
chill_dog is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 11:19 AM
  #37  
The sizzle in the Steak
 
Moog-Type-S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southern California
Posts: 71,438
Received 1,876 Likes on 1,296 Posts
Originally Posted by chill_dog View Post
I can't believe people are blasting the car's design (not necessarily here). So it doesn't look like the concept? In my opinion, the production model looks better than the concept.
Bottom line: It does not look ugly or "bad". It looks nice...sure it's more vanilla than the concept...but here is main point: It's what's inside this car that counts. Plug-in Hybrid is what this car is all about.

As far as hybrids go (plug-in or otherwise) this is the best looking of the bunch.
Moog-Type-S is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 11:23 AM
  #38  
The sizzle in the Steak
 
Moog-Type-S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southern California
Posts: 71,438
Received 1,876 Likes on 1,296 Posts
Volt unlikely to be profitable at first for GM

After yesterday’s dramatic introduction of General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid-electric car that can drive up to 40 miles using no gasoline, GM COO Fritz Henderson stated that thanks to the Volt’s new technology, it’s unlikely to be a profitable vehicle line until at least the second generation is introduced.

This shouldn’t surprise many; new technologies are tremendously expensive to develop and with GM’s goal of realistic, attainable pricing on the Volt (we’ve heard upwards of $30,000), the automaker was bound to lose money. But if the Volt proves a success and spawns more vehicles with the same technology, GM thinks it’ll have a winner on its hands.

Henderson told Automotive News, “Most of our Gen 1 technologies, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a situation where we make money, particularly when you load all the costs in. So I don’t necessarily think this is going to be the exception.”

Ever the optimist, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz says that he thinks the Volt could turn a profit at some point in its first generation product cycle.

“We’ve made very, very conservative assumptions on battery warranty,” Lutz said. “And that huge lump of battery warranty in the cost calculation helps diminish the profitability.”

http://www.leftlanenews.com/volt-unl...html#more-9553
Moog-Type-S is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 11:32 AM
  #39  
What Would Don Draper Do?
 
JediMindTricks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Houston
Age: 39
Posts: 22,229
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
looks good.
JediMindTricks is offline  
Old 09-17-2008, 05:10 PM
  #40  
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 27,619
Received 2,242 Likes on 1,334 Posts
Originally Posted by invisiblewar View Post
they release photos of their cars too soon, just like the camaro


People already think the "new" Camaro looks old now.
Costco is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Chevrolet: Volt news **Production Cut (page 8)**


Contact Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.