2010 Detroit Auto Show: GM Will Make a 100% Electric Version of Chevy Volt

gm chevy volt electric car photo
Photo: Michael Graham Richard
To Compete Against the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, Ford Focus Electric, Etc..?
GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz (yes, he's still around) said that GM would make a 100% battery-electric version of the Chevy Volt by removing the gas engine and expanding the battery pack. He wouldn't say when that will happen, but it's apparently "trivial" to do from a technical point of view (after all, the Volt is already a battery electric car for the first 40 miles). gm bob lutz photo
Bob Lutz. Photo: Michael Graham Richard

The main questions will be: What range will GM be able to get, and at what price.

Most of the would be competitors of a BEV Volt are advertising electric ranges of around 100 miles (160 km). But it's hard to predict how fast that will change. Maybe in 3-4 years, the average electric car around $40,000 will have a range of 150 or 200 miles (as battery technology improves, and as economies of scale allow auto makers to put bigger batteries in for a constant price).

gm chevy volt electric car photo
Photo: Michael Graham Richard

In any case, it's good to see that GM isn't welded to the plug-in hybrid format. A lot of their PR was based on the fact that the Volt wasn't like a battery electric car because of the "range-extender" gas engine, it will be interesting to see how they will market the BEV Volt. Maybe as a car for urban dwellers, or as a second car.

gm chevy volt electric car photo
Photo: Michael Graham Richard

But of course, this is only what Bob Lutz said. Who knows if it's going to happen (or when)...

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