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The extended-range Chevrolet Volt will make its first appearance at the White House on Wednesday — though the president isn’t likely to see the electric car parked there.

“Like a lot of things that we do with the Volt, we want to continually share and expose people to the technology and what’s required to deliver the technology,” said Tony Posawatz, GM’s Volt vehicle line director. “It’s part of our mission — how we are reinventing the car and reinventing the company.”

The Obama administration recently announced it is buying 17,600 green vehicles from Detroit’s Big Three automakers, including 2,500 hybrids, with $285 million in stimulus funds.

A number of green vehicles from domestic automakers will be on display at the White House Wednesday — Earth Day.

Posawatz spoke on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a larger showing of 65 green vehicles from companies across the world. GM was showing off a hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Equinox, a hybrid Chevrolet Malibu and the prototype Volt.

GM will build about 80 vehicles by year’s end that will actually look like the Volt, with the production vehicle’s propulsion system. A fleet of “mule” cars with the Volt propulsion system are currently being tested. Production is set to begin at GM’s Hamtramck-Detroit plant in late 2010.

Other green vehicles on display on Capitol Hill Tuesday included Tesla’s electric roadster, a Toyota plug-in electric Prius, the Honda Insight and Mercedes-Benz S-400 hybrid, which goes on sale this fall.



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The Volt is a Over priced flop. Hell the is a Chinese car already out there (More than a year now). That goes 20 miles more on a single charge ( the 1st 60 miles -Than Chevys 40 miles charge Volt) And only costs $22,000 than Volts $40,000+ price tag. And with gas around 2 bucks gallon they will not be flying off the show floors anyways. Look at hybrids sales now?? My Sonata Limited gets 30 to 31 mpg City/Hwy combine. And i only paid $21,400 for it, with the best Auto warranty out there. For a fews mpg more i am not going to pay $20,000 dollars more. Now if they got the price down to the low to mid $20,000's they would have a hit. Not at $40,000 plus they won't. Obama just let them file chapter 7 and go away please and be done with them.

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The Volt is a Over priced flop. Hell the is a Chinese car already out there (More than a year now). That goes 20 miles more on a single charge ( the 1st 60 miles -Than Chevys 40 miles charge Volt) And only costs $22,000 than Volts $40,000+ price tag. And with gas around 2 bucks gallon they will not be flying off the show floors anyways. Look at hybrids sales now?? My Sonata Limited gets 30 to 31 mpg City/Hwy combine. And i only paid $21,400 for it, with the best Auto warranty out there. For a fews mpg more i am not going to pay $20,000 dollars more. Now if they got the price down to the low to mid $20,000's they would have a hit. Not at $40,000 plus they won't. Obama just let them file chapter 7 and go away please and be done with them.
Considering the Volt isn't even on the street yet, calling it a "flop" is a bit too early. It's sorta funny that no-one mentions the Chrysler ENVI vehicles, considering that the postal service will be using all electric Town and Countrys to demonstrate and test A123's battery packs. Not to mention that all the vehicles shown are DRIVEABLE in their current form, as shown by the Circuit, Town and Country, and Jeep models.

No BYD hasn't had the F3DM out for a "year", it was shown in December 2008.

Yes the BYD car cost $22,000. For the Chinese market. By the time the car gets over here, passing engine emissions certifications, safety requirements, and other government mandated specs, don't expect it to be costing just $22,000. Not to mention setting up a qualified dealer network (and competent) and the costs associated with putting the car onto a boat and floating it across the Pacific. BTW, have you seen some Chinese vehicles in crash tests? Talk about rolling deathbox.

Your Sonata burns fuel all the time, the all electric, or Range-extended Electric Vehicles don't require fuel for the first 40 miles. I know plenty of people that drive less than 10 miles to and from to work, which in that case, it's a tad more than "a few MPG's" that they'll be getting. In fact they might not have to fuel up for a considerable period of time. My mother for instance wouldn't have to fuel up at all, unless the car is driven past the 40 mile mark at one time.

Yes let's be "done" with GM. And while we're at it, lets shut down Ford and Chrysler, all the auto-suppliers that also send parts to Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai and put more homes into foreclosure, more cars at auction, and more families into severe poverty.


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And to charge all those cars use (Elec) what from oil and coal burning plants. And look a few years ago a CA with brown and black outs?????? Unless this country goes into Fast Breeder Nuc plants. Elc cars are a no go.
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