12-03-2007: Los Angeles Rolls Out The "Green Carpet" For General Motors' Chevy Volt Concept
Extended-Range Electric Vehicle Will Electrify Los Angeles Commuting
LOS ANGELES - General Motors' extended-range electric vehicle concept arrives in Southern California on Thursday, giving Angelenos a rare, up close preview of the highly-anticipated Chevy Volt. The vehicle will be on display at hot spot locations throughout Los Angeles from December 6 through December 11. Los Angeles is one of only four U.S. cities to host the Chevy Volt around town, providing an opportunity for locals to see the car of the future.
Since its introduction in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Chevy Volt sedan - powered by GM's E-Flex electric propulsion system - has energized car enthusiasts in the U.S. and abroad with its potential to greatly reduce trips to the gas station for many commuters, as well as greatly reduce CO2 emissions.
More than 75 percent of drivers in the United States commute fewer than 40 miles a day1. For these drivers, a fully charged Chevy Volt will use no gas and produce no tailpipe emissions. The Chevy Volt is easily recharged by plugging it into a common 110-volt electrical outlet. A FlexFuel on-board engine that can run on gasoline, E85 ethanol, or a combination of the two, creates additional electricity to extend the vehicle's range up to 640 miles, delivering triple-digit miles per gallon.
To bring the Chevy Volt to production, GM has engaged more than 200 engineers and 25 interior and exterior designers, and is aggressively pursuing battery-development contracts with two leading suppliers.