First Volt prototype hitting the road

Posted on Friday, 16 May 2008 , 16:05:46 byEmil

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First Volt prototype hitting the road

Bob Lutz announced officially that the very first Chevrolet Volt prototype unit with the full lithium-ion battery pack has reached the test track. He affirmed “It is reliably meeting its objectives. Even with a rough calibration, even with the wrong drive unit, the wrong body, etc. etc., it has been hitting its 40 miles on electric power”.

He confirmed also that the testing of dynamometer have been successful even with various thermal conditions. Bob Lutz said the powertrain of Volt, comprised of some advanced lithium-ion battery plus a small gasoline engine model, was installed into a mule car and is being driven through public roads around the carmaker’s proving grounds on Milford, Michigan.

Lutz said he's quite confident the vehicle will debut in 2010, November. "Three months ago if you asked Frank Weber ’November 2010?’ he’d get flustered and say he wouldn’t answer until he knew more," affirmed Lutz. "Now if you ask him the same question, he’s calm and relaxed and says unless we encounter some completely unforeseen obstacle - November 2010 looks good".