Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Race Is On
Soon coming to a car lot near you, the Chevy Volt.
The Volt can be fully charged by plugging it into a 110-volt outlet for approximately six hours a day. When the lithium-ion battery is fully charged, the Volt can deliver 40 city miles of pure electric vehicle range. When the battery is depleted, a 1L, three-cylinder turbocharged engine spins at a constant speed, or revolutions per minute (rpm), to create electricity and replenish the battery.
In related news, Toyota is halting production of its trucks and sport utility vehicles. Wow.
In the same breath, in a move to satisfy the growing demand for hybrids, Toyota said it will start building the gas-electric Prius in the United States, at a Mississippi plant that will open in 2010.
Industrywide, large pickups dropped 24 percent, to 819,000, through June and are on track to fall under 1.5 million for the year, more than 1 million less than the 2005 peak. Overall industry sales are down 10 percent, and Toyota's combined car and truck sales are off 7 percent.
Toyota will close U.S. plants and move production around a bit, but they say they will not be laying off any workers. Instead they will retrain them. Wow again.
Prius or Volt?
And what's this anyways? Innovation from an American automobile company? How did that happen? Did a bunch of greedy old fat white male car company executives just all die or something?
Posted by shrimplate at 7:47 PM