Chevy Volt on Schedule
GM's New Electric Car Passes Road Tests
by Pallav Regmi, age 12
General Motors is finalizing the Chevy Volt, a rechargeable electric car that can travel an impressive 40 miles on battery power alone.
Six trials of the model were recently conducted on a Detroit assembly line, then tested at the company's testing ground. Andrew Farah, the car’s chief engineer recently test drove the car himself. He said the car traveled for 41.5 miles and 42.5 miles on battery power alone during his test.
The Volt has an additional 1.4-liter gas engine in case the battery dies. It has a lower range in colder climates when the battery must be used to heat the interior.
A few adjustments are still needed. These include changes to car’s computer software and controls. The Volt is on schedule for full production in November.
[Sources: Detroit Free Press; The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]