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    GM's electric car (production version spotted!!!)

    Page two has spy photos of the Volt taken on the set of Transformers 2.


    This is the Chevy volt, it is so far on schedule to hit the market in 2010 as a 2011 model year car. It is the first extended-range plug-in electric car.

    It represents the possibility of the United States (and everywhere else) finally being able to lessen our dependence on foriegn oil.

    I don't know if you guys care that much about this stuff, but I think that this thing is really cool and I'm planning on getting one as soon as I can afford it.


    If you have any interest in keeping up with the volt, or anything related, you should check out GM-volt.com

    I guess I should point out that I don't work for GM or anything, I just think this is a really big deal.
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    We're one step closer to flying cars I suppose

    I think it's neat to see how cars are changing with the way everyone is going green lately.

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    super cool, it's just a shame that the auto industry is getting their act together so late in the game

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    watch the documentary "who killed the electric car?"

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    Lets hope this goes through and something doesnt fuck it all up *cough*oil companies and bush*cough* Cause if this works, I feel sorry for my neighbors cause id be constantly hooking up to their outside outlet lol.
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    Well it looks nice... The only question is how do you produce the electricity to power this car? If it's all wind power or something, then fine. But somehow I doubt it'll be that good...

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    Well, the good news is that Bush will finally be out of office when this car is set to hit production.

    Electricity for the car will most likely be generated by burning coal found in the United States, at least at first. Eventually Various types of green energy like windmills and water power could be used. In a relatively short period of time we could be driving cars that have no negative direct or indirect effect on the environment at all.
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    I wonder how the tradition of fueling up will be like in the future...

    Will we have a bar or hangout place at a charging station? Or maybe charging will just be very quick.
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    Space Chimp-It will take about six hours to do a complete charge of the vehicle. But this could be done at your house while you sleep, but I do like the idea of a hangout at a charging station.
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    Hey, it's an electric car that doesn't look totally ugly.

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    We're one step closer to flying cars I suppose
    Just get a helicopter.

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    Tesla Roadster

    more expensive,
    shorter range,

    but hell if it isn't hot.

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    Here's the problem - from the Volt's FAQ:

    drive up to 40 miles on pure electricity stored in the battery from overnight home charging
    By the time this thing DOES come out in 2010 or 2011, there will be other cars that can outperform the Volt. As in, travel farther on a battery. Like, this one: http://www.phoenixmotorcars.com/

    100+ miles per charge

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    Yeah, but its ugly. Look kinda like the Aztec meets an Avalanche....
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    PatriciaS-Correct me if I'm wrong, but the car you showed there is a fully electric car with a range of about 100 miles per charge.

    While it is true that the Volt is only going to get 40 miles per charge on pure electricity it will also have an on board generator that will recharge the battery after it passes the 40 mile limit as it is running.

    The genius of this is that the since the generator will not be directly hooked up to the wheels it will be able to run at one speed, producing more efficiency. After you reach the 40 mile limit you will be able to keep going another 500-700 miles on one tank of gas or ethanol. With pure electric cars you have to stop after 100 miles.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with that car you showed, and the fact that its American made is even better, but my god is that thing ugly.
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    Yeah the problem isn't technology, with political will and MONEY we could have electric cars that are more than a match for old cars in terms of cost, effectivity and reliability. The most important thing, I think, is that the energy is produced in a green way.

    But still, there's always a catch with these different ways of producing green eneergy...

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