Recently General Motors revealed its hope for the future of transportation: a production model of the Chevrolet Volt. The plug-in electric powerhouse will feature a revolutionary propulsion system that will allow it to travel 40 miles without using a single drop of gas – that’s far enough to render 75% of American’s daily commutes emission-free!
Beating Toyota to the punch with a production-ready plug-in vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt comes equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack that is good for around 40 miles. To charge the battery, simply plug it into any electrical socket. For longer trips, the car is capable of running on a gas tank, which serves to recharge its batteries rather than running its engine.The Volt’s cost will still be a bit steep, weighing in at between 30 and 50 grand, although If its fervent following has been any indication, the stunning plug-in car stands to be a great hit.
The Volt’s platform has been developed to be deployed in a number of follow-up vehicles, so expect to see plenty more plug-in hybrids in the future. GM’s chief executive Rick Wagoner has stated: “the Volt symbolizes GM’s commitment to the future – the kind of technological innovation that our industry needs to respond to today and tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges”