Volt Birth Watch 56: "I Would Say There's Almost No Reasonable Doubt in Our Minds Anymore That This is Going to Work"

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

Hmmm. Automotive News [sub] gives us insight into GM Car Czar Bob Lutz's confidence in his not-yet stillborn baby, the Chevy Volt. An odd choice of words to be sure. But hey — this is Maximum Bob we're talking about. Speaking in Detroit, Lutz told his assembled fans reporters that GM is confident in the 2010 Volt launch date and that GM's close to picking a battery supplier. Lutz claimed that the Volt-drivetrain-equipped Malibu mules have been hitting the target EV-mode 40 miles and beyond. "They've routinely had it to the high 30s, low 40s and they go up hills with it and everything," said Lutz. Of course he also referred to global warming as a "crock of shit" and called yours truly a pinhead. (Full disclosure — we were picking out XL racing helmets and he commented that we both have big heads. "7 5/8" I told him and he yelled, "Ha! 7 3/4 — Pinhead!") As for the Volt, as far as we can tell, those batteries don't exist yet. But what do we know?

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  • Sitting@home Sitting@home on Jun 17, 2008
    That is what I don’t understand. If the batteries don’t exist now, how can any manufacturer claim that they are getting accurate data on range, driveability, etc. Is it me or do you have to live in Michigan to ‘get it’? The battery technology exists, even if the specific batteries don't. For any particular battery technology, most of the parameters are known (voltage, power, density). The engineering is in other things like packaging, placement and heat dissipation (ask Tesla about that). So they could run tests for a particular battery type to get data without having to have the final product. A bit like designing a 10 gallon gas tank for a new car, a barrel in the trunk will suffice until the final shape of the car is known.
  • Paul Niedermeyer Paul Niedermeyer on Jun 17, 2008

    GM will use the Cobasys NiMH batteries for their next gen BAS/mild hybrids and two-mode hybrids. The Volt will use a Li-Ion battery from either A123/Continental or LG.

  • George Labrador George Labrador on Jun 17, 2008

    GM have had a couple of so called "Fuel Cell" Cars running around the City of Toronto today, anyone know what they are about? June 17th 2008

  • KixStart KixStart on Jun 18, 2008

    It might work... but it's not going to sell: Lutz on the $40K Volt