Saturday, September 20, 2008

New GM Volt Charges Ahead with E85 Ethanol

General Motors Volt E85 EthanolAt General Motors' 100th birthday celebration this week, the production version of the Chevrolet Volt was unveiled to the public.

The Chevrolet Volt is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, or E-REV that runs on electricity at all times but has an engine to extend its range.

When its lithium-ion battery is depleted, the Volt uses a gasoline/E85 ethanol powered engine that provides electricity to power its electric drive unit while simultaneously sustaining the charge of the battery.

The Chevrolet Volt plugs in and charges in about 8 hours on a standard household 120v outlet or in about 3 hours on a 240v outlet.

It is set to be released in 2010 as a 2011 model, and it will go up to 40 miles on a single charge.

Source: General Motors

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