Obama Checked Out the Chevy Volt and Electric Ford Focus for First Time


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Visiting a Lithium-Ion Battery Factory in Michigan
President Obama visited the Compact Power lithium-ion battery plant in Holland, Michigan. Compact Power is a subsidiary of LG Chem, the South-Korean company that will make battery cells for both the Chevy Volt and the electric Ford Focus. Considering how much money the federal government has put into General Motors (according to some, in good part because they thought the Volt showed GM was changing) and into various projects to push forward electric cars and advanced batteries, it was about time for Obama to have a first hand look at the types of cars he's supporting.
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It was just a couple days ago that GM announced that the Chevy Volt's battery pack would have a 8-year/100,000-mile warranty.


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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty, with permission.

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty, with permission.

The electric Focus shown here is based on the euro Focus and not the next generation Focus which was unveiled in Detroit last January. The real electric Focus will be based on the next-gen platform.


Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty, with permission.

That's what happens when you take a bunch of action shots. You end up getting photos where the person looks really strange. But at least he looks happy about the cars!


Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty, with permission.

Meanwhile, Toyota has just announced an electric RAV4 SUV with a Tesla powertrain.

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