The battery is never completely empty of charge — for a few extra miles to get home, it’s called the “limp home” feature.
Richard Chang – NY Times – Oct. 30, 2008
2011 Chevrolet Volt -- Game and language changer indeed.
To bad GM is changing the lingo from the standard lingo most have been using for years… Including PHEV -- Ed.
At the press walk-around of the Chevrolet Volt on Wednesday in Manhattan, Frank Weber, chief engineer on the project, mentioned something he called “range anxiety
General Motors had occupied Terminal 5, a nightclub near the West Side Highway, for the occasion. And on a weathered plank floor under a large disco ball sat a prototype model of the Volt, which does not go on sale until late 2010 (at the earliest)…
The Volt, which has a range of 40 miles (when all power equipment has been turned off, including air-conditioner, stereo and headlights
), is an “extended-range electric vehicle
,” Mr. Weber said, and is equipped with a gasoline engine to create electricity when the lithium-ion battery is empty.
A few moments later, Mr. Weber explained what most people in the room already knew: battery development is the biggest challenge to the Volt’s development. “We call the battery ‘the Diva
’ because of the way it has to be treated,” he said. In other words, the battery was, um, in charge…
For companies like General Motors, they’ll have to acquaint customers on how to compare vehicles, using kilowatts instead of horsepower, kilowatt hours instead of miles a gallon. At the presentation, there was a display with the amount of electricity the Volt would consume annually on a list of common household appliances. The Volt’s position (2,520 kilowatt hours a year) was between a water heater (2,557 kWh) and a clothes dryer (1,079 kWh). Whether that’s good or bad is up to the customer… [Read More]