AutoBlogGreen has an extensive article about the first vehicle in GM’s new E-Flex platform, the Chevy Volt. The Volt (as yet a prototype) can run on electricity, gasoline, E85 or biodiesel. The electric battery allows a range of 40 miles on a 6 hour charge from a standard 110 V outlet. When the 12 gallon tank is filled, the range is 640 miles!
For a customer driving about 40 miles a day or about 15,000 miles a year, compared to a 30 mpg car, the Volt would save about 500 gallons of gasoline per year. If the car is charged every night, the driver should be able to achieve that mileage using virtually no gasoline. That same example would also save 4.4 metric tonnes of CO2 every year from each car … GM’s goal was to create an electric car that would not force users to plan their travel around the next charging session, while still providing all the capabilities of a standard four door, standard compact car and produce it in quantities of 100,000+ per year.
Read the rest of Detroit Auto Show: It’s here. GM’s plug-in hybrid is the Chevy Volt Concept from AutoBlogGreen (includes a great photo gallery!) and learn more about the Volt from Chevrolet.