If you’d like to get plugged into a new social media website for the new Chevy Volt PHEV, then GM has just put up such as site called Chevrolet Voltage. The website is brand new so there is not a lot of content yet, especially in the blog, but this is about to change.
The Chevrolet Voltage forum is already starting to pickup steam with invited members from the Project Driveway (hydrogen fuel cell) group invited to participate. It looks like anyone can join, however, and put their two cents in with regard to the development of the Chevy Volt before it rolls out in 2010.
According to one of the members of the GM Fuel Cell Team, “The Volt uses GM’s new electric propulsion system called Voltec that allows the car to travel up to 40 miles on electricity alone without using gas or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt’s battery is depleted of energy, a small Flex-fuel-powered engine generator seamlessly operates to extend the range of the vehicle for about 300 additional miles.
“Because nearly 80 percent of Americans commute less than 40 miles a day, they’d be able to travel on electricity alone. And with the extended range afforded by the onboard generator, if the need arises, Volt drivers will be able to travel well beyond 40 miles without the fear of being stranded by a depleted battery. The Volt is a game-changing vehicle and a glimpse into what the future of transportation holds.”
In the Chevrolet Voltage forum there are already some lively discussions about cities and states that are plug-in ready, why GM is choosing lithium ion over EEStor batteries, the Cadillac Converj, recharging scenarios, the Volt in racing and even having a Project Driveway-like program for the Chevy Volt.
The Chevrolet Voltage social media website is in a way like a large focus group. Consumers can voice their opinions and have an impact and even interact directly with GM employees about a new type of car that hasn’t hit the market. Perhaps, with the bankruptcy and restructuring GM is finally getting it right this time.