Already the EV-1, er Volt, is croaking before it even gets to "production"
Volt's pricing could provide sticker shock
The price of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car will reflect high
warranty expenses to cover the lithium-ion batteries that power the
cars, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told Bloomberg News last week.
"We are going to bake in a very substantial warranty cost for the
battery in our overall pricing calculation," Lutz said. "We need to be
conservative, simply because it's the first time we've done anything
GM is racing to deliver the Volt by the end of 2010, and its key
challenge is finding a lithium-ion battery pack that is durable and safe
enough for automotive use while delivering 40 miles of all-electric
driving on a single charge.
Electical cars were available before the other cars more than a
Lot of companies aremaking them now.
Why can Gm not make a decent electical car now?
If they promise an electrical car three years later it will always be
three years later.
2010 they will promise it 2013 if Gm is still operating then.
Is your century old electric car powered by lithium-ion batteries, capable
of going 40 miles on a single charge?
None like the Volt.
Technology doesn't fall off trees, dumbshit.
Better to wait until they prefect it, then build them not knowing if they
are going to work properly.
Piss off Gosi. I don't think you have said one good thing about GM, and I
haven't seen any posts (that I can recall) where you have contributed to
this newsgroup. GM will be operating long after you are 6 feet under. Get
used to it.
Really. In a fully enclosed, and tested to todays safety standards vehicle?
One that has all the creature comforts that are wanted today. Like HEAT,
windshield wipers, stereo, air conditioning, power steering, lights and
turn signals and all the rest?
How about the minor detail of all the service the old wet cells require?
Think the general public is willing to go back to that?
Any vehicle offered for sale in the US must meet all EPA and NHTSA
According to the GM Stockholders Report the lithium-ion batteries used in
the volt will cost around $10,000 dollars, compared to the $6,000 to $8,000
cost of the current batteries used in other hybrids. The lithium-ion
batteries are much smaller and weigh much less than MH batteries currently I
use in hybrids. In addition, lithium-ion batteries will totally power a car
that will use less nearly 1/3 less fuel on average and lithium-ion last
nearly half again as long and can be recharged overnight, with standard
household current, for around $4.
Recharging will allow the Volt to be run up to around 80 miles in commuter
traffic and up to 120 miles if heat or AC is not required. When used at
highway speeds, on board charging by the small engine and regenerative
braking, it will run up to 260 miles or more on a charge.
Test Volts have been run over 6,000 miles without using ANY fuel, except
electricity. It seems to me the Volt is closer to representing the vehicles
of ttn years in the future than any of the current hybrid systems.
In just a very few years current used hybrids will worth little or nothing
because they will be outdated like a five year old PC and HD-DVDs
GM - and other manufacturers - can't make a practical electric car
because of the increased mass (due to both safety and comfort/
convenience features,) speeds, etc. that modern consumers expect.
Using the same technology we probably could build a car that would
basically be a go-kart with bicycle wheels etc. that would kick the
butts of the old-time electrics in terms of range and be comparable in
features and performance but nobody would buy it because it wouldn't
be street legal and wouldn't be desirable for many people anyway.
The real problem is as Lutz correctly states the energy storage
medium. We just don't have the technology to approach the energy
density of gasoline or Diesel fuel with any other medium.
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