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GM reveals the electric Chevy Volt


We’ve waited with baited breath, and the day is finally here. For the past couple years, it’s been nothing but celebrities flaunting their unattainable green rides (we’re thinking of you and your limited edition Tesla, Clooney) and a brigade of teeny electric vehicles that would never be able to fit an entire family inside. But at long last, General Motors revealed an electric sedan that is as sizeable as it is energy efficient: the Chevy Volt.

Today, General Motors finally debuted the electric vehicle, the same week as the company’s 100th anniversary. Though no price information is available for the vehicle yet, it’s set to go on sale in 2010, and has already racked up a significant waiting list. It’s easy to see why, given the car’s ability to drive for miles without a single drop of gasoline.

From an article on CNN.com:

The Volt will be driven by electricity stored in a large T-shaped lithium-ion battery-pack running the length of the car. After charging for several hours, the Volt will be able to run for up to about 40 miles without using gasoline.

 

The car will cost “less than purchasing a cup of your favorite coffee” to recharge, and use less electricity annually than a refrigerator. The Volt should cost less than 2 cents per mile to drive on electricity, GM said, compared to 12 cents a mile on gasoline at a price of $3.60 a gallon.

But despite the ride’s impressive eco stats, it seems that some consumers are displeased with the vehicle’s aesthetics. The Volt concept originally featured a sleeker and more macho design, but the company amended the original plans in favor of a more traditional sedan look.

Continued from CNN:

Based on photos released last week—inadvertently, GM says—many people posting comments on car blogs have expressed disappointment that the production car does not look as angular and aggressive as the original concept vehicle.

 

“The majority of [the comments] are negative,” Lyle Dennis, a New Jersey neurologist who runs the blog GM-volt.com, said last week. “A lot of people are saying they’re very disappointed and ‘take me off the [waiting] list.’”

What Debbie Downers! An electric car that uses less energy than a refrigerator and looks like a regular vehicle sounds like a dream to us. Who cares if it’s not the sleekest ride in town? Everyone knows that people who drive overly chic cars are just compensating anyways.