Chevrolet Volt … best selling EV in America so far this year by a wide margin.

ACDC has one in our fleet!

The ACDC Chevy VOLT towed away ... long story

The ACDC Chevy VOLT towed away … long story

June I6, 2010  The Associated PressNOVI, MICH. — Engineers at General Motors Co. are planning a big event at the end of June to announce the completion of the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car, the automaker’s electric vehicle chief said Wednesday. Meanwhile, they are still working out computer software issues, mainly in areas that monitor the car’s complex electric power system, which is supplemented by a small internal combustion engine, said Micky Bly, GM’s executive director of electric vehicles.“Are we done. No. Can we learn more. Yes. But it looks really good right now,” Bly said in an interview at the Automotive News Green Car Conference in the Detroit suburb of Novi.When it reaches showrooms in November, the Volt will be able to travel 40 miles on pure-electric power. After that, the small gasoline engine will kick in to generate power for the electric motor. GM says the two engines eliminate the fear that batteries will run down before the car arrives at its destination.Bly said GM is still fixing software that monitors more than 1,000 functions in the Volt’s powertrain. In some cases, the software would detect a problem and  activate a dashboard light to warn the driver, while in others it would merely record the problem so it is available for dealer service technicians to check, Bly said. Issues that lingered as recently as April with heating and cooling the passenger cabin have been worked out, Bly said. Engineers are now testing the vehicle on steep grades in the Arizona heat, and they plan to put thousands more miles on test cars in July, August and September, he said. After that, the decision will be made on when to start production at a Detroit-area plant, which is likely in early fall, he said. The Volt, Bly said, will meet expectations for range of travel solely on electric power. “I see no issues with 40 (miles) at all,” he said. Shortly after the Volt goes on sale, Nissan Motor Co. will roll out its Leaf all-electric car, which the company says will get up to 100 miles on a single charge. The Leaf

Testing the voltage of one of 96 modules after removing a VOLT battery

has no backup engine on board and must be recharged after its batteries are depleted before it can travel again. But it also uses no gasoline.

John Latner, Baker College of Owosso, Director/Instructor – Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan and Up Your Voltage! Graduate 2010 wrote this article after his experience test driving a Volt.

Volt cost: $40,000  (minus 7,500 for some). Ours was a bit more due to options  (43,300.00)

Less gas equals a stronger America

Craig’s Top 10 reasons why he bought a VOLT:

  1. I will help America in many ways
  2. I can drive it to any classroom in North America
  3. I will save jobs in Michigan
  4. I can steal electricity from my friends when I visit them
  5. I will get a good spot when I valet my car
  6. I will not be helping BP
  7. I will help save the planet (one car at a time)
  8. I can stick my ACDC magnetic signs on the doors
  9. I will finally have a Chevy
  10. I will be cool!!!

Article about the ACDC Volt

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