Volt Birth Watch 144: Forty Acres and a Mule

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Dr. Lyle J. Dennis of GM-volt.com fame has a pronouncement for his flock: “I have seen the electric car promised land.” Dr. D is referring to his visit to “the pre-production operations (PPO) facility at a time where the first genuine Chevy Volts, called integration vehicles (IVers) were being assembled.” (There’s a joke in there somewhere about an IV drip, but it’s not for me to make it.) Unfortunately, Fritz Henderson’s sworn promise of transparency doesn’t apply to photographs of Volt mule assembly, ’cause God knows what Toyota what might do with the information revealed by snapshots of the process. But Dennis is nothing if not sycophantic—I mean resourceful. He offers the EV faithful this shot of “the actual garage door the first Volts will drive off into the world through.” Ending a sentence with a preposition is not something up with which TTAC would put, but we appreciate Dennis’, uh, zeal. “And so without any doubt [yea verily] the Volt has truly been born and its arrival into public production for launch in November 2010 appears at this point an absolute certainty.” Appears to be an absolute certainty, indeed.

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  • Lokkii Lokkii on Jun 24, 2009
    Where’s the smoke? Where’s the mirrors? Behind Door Number One. I still can't get past the fact that (I believe) that for large parts of the country, the Volt concept electric car just isn't going to work). My drive to work is 19 miles each way.... but it was 81 degrees at 7 am this morning and it's going up to 102. What happens to my range when I turn on the A/C? Is the engine big enough to run the car and the A/C at acceptable speeds? What happens to the mileage when I do that? Questions, questions, questions..... and the answers are hidden behind Door Number One.
  • Bunter1 Bunter1 on Jun 24, 2009

    Perhaps I will post a picture of my garage door(it looks nicer!) on EBAY and sell the long lost seventh Buggati Royale that is behind it (wink, nudge). Bunter

  • Cicero Cicero on Jun 24, 2009

    The door is great, but I'd like to see a few shots of the electrical outlet that a Volt will plug into.

  • GS650G GS650G on Jun 24, 2009
    GS650G, you do realize that a plug in Prius would probably cost around $10,000 more than a normal Prius (larger battery + larger motor cost + charging circuitry) and probably wouldn’t have much of a trunk. TNSTAAFL. Still makes it cheaper than a Volt and it's a Toyota. Sold./