GM tries to unplug Volt hype

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GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz introduces the Chevrolet Volt concept at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The Volt has attracted much attention since its unveiling in January.

GM tries to unplug Volt hype
Sharon Terlep / The Detroit News

General Motors Corp. seized the world's attention in January when it unveiled plans to build the Chevy Volt -- a plug-in hybrid car touted not so much as a mode of transportation but as part of a solution to the nation's energy crisis.
The Volt grabbed headlines, lit up online chat boards and dominated the buzz at the auto show in Detroit.
There's just one problem: The Volt may never get built.

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Re: GM tries to unplug Volt hype

They seem to be complaining that the batter technology is not here yet but I see some very new advanced technologies that are out now that seems to be their solution, they are just probably just a little more expensive than they want them to be. A123 Systems and Emoli Cells seem to be good solutions with long life, low weight, and high current capabilities. You would think with an extremely large buyer like GM they would be able to get a good price.

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Re: GM tries to unplug Volt hype

I'd just like to brag that I knew from the start the car won't be built. It was a publicity stunt and nothing more. GM will continue producing trucks and SUVs and little else of any worth. It's like the hydrogen scam in which car companies appear progressive by showing hydrogen vehicles that are far too impractical to ever see mass-production.

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Re: GM tries to unplug Volt hype

From the article...


DaimlerChrysler AG promised a production fuel-cell vehicle by 2004, but couldn't deliver despite spending $1 billion on the technology. And little came of a $1.5 billion taxpayer-funded effort, called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, to build an 80-miles-per-gallon car.


In the 1990s, the automaker spent $1 billion on its EV1 electric car program,

History has shown that lots of money does not ever guarantee technological advancement. Just because we want a technology to be viable (like hydrogen fuel cells) does not mean that it ever will. We should be focusing on how to best use what we have instead of banking on a battery that will never come.

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