Sneak preview of Chevy Volt battery technology

Curious about the Chevy Volt’s prospects? Check out this YouTube vid posted by a tech fan. GM’s battery lab manager gives a demo of the latest battery pack they’ve designed. Toyota and Honda are still the hares to GM’s tortoise, but this battery – custom-designed and to be built in Michigan at a new GM lab – is impressive. Not to mention HUGE.

Question is: How much will the Volt cost? The guy who shot that vid thinks it’s possible that, with gov’t incentives, the Volt could compete with a fully loaded 2010 Prius. If that were the case, would more of us be inclined to buy an American electric car to help support our ailing domestic industry?

I-GO has been looking at vehicles like the Ford Fusion hybrid, a mid-size sedan, and if the Volt were cost-efficient enough for our membership organization, we’d consider that one, too, and be able to help on two fronts: advocating for clean cars and American automakers.

Any second opinions on that notion?

One Response to “Sneak preview of Chevy Volt battery technology”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I don't believe American car companies should receive our pity just because they are in dire straits. They got themselves in this situation by building bland and boring cars, this is just proof they still don't get it. This is the same old look Detroit has been churning out for years, except some lipstick here and there. It's way too large and old fashioned to be a hybrid.

    Stick with companies like Toyota that deserve and know the hybrid business.

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