Inside the Volt
quite a bit different from the sporty coupe GM proposed a few years ago.
This is a revealing experience in technology and innovation. The US will lose again after much awaited.
This is even sad that the US is still unable to come up with an electric car than can compete with an African car, much less the mini E and emerging E-Vehicles.
The electric car for South Africa can go up to 249 miles on a single charge.
The electric car for the US (Chevy volt) can go up to 40 miles on a single charge.
BMW's Mini E goes on lease in California with 150 miles on a sigle charge at just 2.5 hours charge time.
Where has the US technology and innovation gone? Even Popsci Nov. 2008 magazine pg. 80 shows where the US is with R&D.....a staggering flat line for the past 50 years.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7650677.stm [South African car]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7645344.stm [US Chevy Volt]
http://gizmodo.com/5065689/mini-e-electric-car-perfect-for-al-gore-remake-of-italian-job [Mini E]
If this is what it will look like then it is better than the original sporty look, looks like more of a grown-up car instead of a kid’s sports car. It also doesn’t look like the aerodynamic shaped Prius which is a good thing since some people said it would be designed similar to cut down the amount of drag.
I think this is the move to the intermediate future not the all electric, until you can fully charge those in 5 minutes. Ultra capacitors and battery technology mixed together may some day give us a useful fully rechargeable electric car that can be charged in 5 minutes. Until we can quickly recharge them these electric cars that can go 250 miles, in order to go another 250 miles you have to wait for 6 to 8 hours to fully charge the batteries, I don't have the time to wait if I am traveling longer distances. A person averaging apx 60mph can drive a minimum of 8 hours with limited stops. If that person has to go 500 miles in a 250 mile electric car then it would take them a minimum of 14 hours to get there where if he drove it in a volt it would take them about 8 hours not counting the demand on all electrics of driving in mountainous terrain...
I intend to get a Volt by budgeting myself by trading in my 07 Camry with the tax break if what I am seeing now makes it to the showroom floor.
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