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    Lightbulb General Motors upping Chevy Volt production by 50 percent in 2011






























    On Friday, during a visit from President Obama to its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, GM announced some good news for all the Volt fans out there. Production from 2011 to 2012 for the electric vehicle -- originally slated at around 30,000 units -- has been boosted to a projected 45,000 units, a 50 percent increase. The Volt, which has a range of 340 miles (on gas -- it goes approximately 40 miles on battery alone) is being produced at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which received $336 million in investments to prepare for the production. The full press release is after the break.

    Introducing Chevrolet Volt
    Volt is an electric car that uses gas to create its own electricity. Plug it in, let it charge overnight, and it's ready to run on a pure electric charge for up to 40 miles(3) — gas and emissions free. After that, Volt keeps going, even if you can't plug it in. Volt uses a range-extending gas generator that produces enough energy to power it for hundreds of miles on a single tank of gas.

    Features

    7" LCD touch screen and 7" digital reconfigurable LCD instrument cluster.
    Remote vehicle starter system preconditions the cabin.
    Bose® Energy Efficient sound system with six speakers and a subwoofer.
    30 GB Hard Disk Drive for digital music storage.
    High feature Navigation includes voice recognition.
    XM Radio(11) with XM NavTraffic®/Weather with three trial months.
    OnStar®(12) with Directions and Connections Plan®(13) standard for five years.
    Industry-first "mobile apps" capabilities via a smartphone device or web.
    8 standard air bags(14):
    Dual-stage front air bags for driver and front passenger, knee air bags, side-impact air bags and roof-rail air bags.
    Three-point seatbelts in front seating positions.
    LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children) system - rear seats.
    8-year/100,000 mile(15) battery warranty.
    Available leather-appointed seats.

    Technology

    Volt is an electric vehicle with a range extender. Well, what does that mean? It means Volt runs on electricity from its battery, and then it runs on electricity it creates from gas. Let's assume you have a fully charged battery. Now, depending on the weather, the electrical features that are turned on and how you drive, you can drive up to 40 miles on the electricity stored in the battery — totally gas and emissions free. After that, its gas-powered, range-extending generator automatically kicks in to provide electrical power. So Volt can go for several hundred additional miles, until you can plug it in or fill it up again.


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