The Chevy Volt! The Car of the Future! Watch as robots and humans put one together in harmony, in just two beautiful time lapse minutes. [Wired]
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors and deliveries began in mid December 2010.
The Volt's propulsion system is based on GM's Voltec electric automobile platform, which differs from GM's earlier BAS Hybrid andTwo-Mode Hybrid systems. The car's 16 kW·h (10.4 kW·h usable) lithium-ion battery pack can be charged by plugging the car into a 120-240VAC residential electrical outlet using the provided SAE J1772-compliant charging cord. No external charging station is required. After the Volt battery is depleted, a small 4-cylinder internal combustion engine burns premium gasoline to power a 55 kW (74 hp) generator to extend the Volt's range. The electrical power from the generator is sent primarily to the electric motor, with the excess going to the batteries, depending on the state of charge (SoC) of the battery pack and the power demanded at the wheels. The distribution is controlled by the electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle.
GM says the Volt can travel 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) on batteries alone, the EPA found in tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the all-electric range averaged 35 miles (56 km), with an energy consumption of 36 kWh per 100 miles (810 kJ/km), and the total range (electricity and gasoline) is 379 miles (610 km). EPA rated the Volt's combined fuel economy at 93miles per gallon gasoline equivalent in all-electric mode, and 37 mpg-US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg-imp) in gas-only mode, for an overall fuel economy rating of 60 mpg-US (3.9 L/100 km; 72 mpg-imp) combined. That means the Volt will displace the Toyota Prius as the most fuel-efficient car sold in the United States.