U.S. Government: Chevy Volt Can’t Save GM
The Chevrolet Volt was supposed to be GM’s saviour, the car that would help bring the ailing car company on its feet, also saving GM from becoming a relic in the automotive history. According to the U.S. government’s automotive task force, the Volt on its own can’t save GM.
The task force’s Viability Summary of GM doesn’t sugarcoat the problems that the company faces. One particularly damning section notes:
“GM is at least one generation behind Toyota on advanced, ‘green’ powertrain development. In an attempt to leapfrog Toyota, GM has devoted significant resources to the Chevy Volt. While the Volt holds promise, it is currently projected to be much more expensive than its gasoline-fueled peers and will likely need substantial reductions in manufacturing cost in order to become commercially viable.”
The main aspects of the report goes on to say that GM still relies too much on their truck SUVs and other gas guzzlers. The Chevrolet Volt is one of many green technologies that GM has in development. Some of these technologies include a refinement to the internal combustion engine, biofuel, and hydrogen fuel cell. The $ 40k Chevrolet Volt should have prototypes on the road this June, and will be in showrooms by the end of 2010.
This electric power may be sourced exclusively from its onboard lithium-ion batteries, for up to 40 miles (64 km), a distance capable of satisfying the daily commute of 75% of Americans,which averages around 33 miles (53 km). After 40 miles (64 km), a small 4-cylinder internal combustion engine drives a 53 kW generator to provide unlimited range.Still, GM says that the $40,000 Volt will be in showrooms by the end of next year, with prototypes on the road this June. The four-door electric vehicle (EV) will get 40 miles to the charge, and a small gasoline-powered engine will recharge the battery to extend the car’s range to 200 miles.
GM should have focused more on a diverse hybrid cars instead of a leap of faith, which may or may not work.
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