Tuesday, June 23, 2009 in Warren, Michigan. Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 in Warren, Michigan. Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors

The Chevrolet Volt has been getting a lot of attention. Maybe it is because some think it will be the saving grace for General Motors. Or it could possibly be that the GM PR machine is working overtime to combat the negative press that has been prolific over the last eight months. You might even remember it on David Letterman Show recently. Whatever the reason, the Volt is back in the news with the completion of the first pre-production model. What’s more is that it was completed ahead of schedule, so maybe the GM reinvention is actually on track.

My first impression of this pre-production “Integration Vehicle” is that it looks like an oversized Toyota Prius. Which, not to get off on a tangent, gets me wondering, ‘why can’t an electric or hybrid car not look like some weird hatchback wedge.’ I mean the Lightning Hybrid looks like a zippy sports car and is supposed to get better than 100 mpg, so why does everything else have to be unappealing? Well, that is really only one man’s opinion. I just can’t figure out why the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid can look like a reasonable sedan and everything else is like a Prius copy. I think the original Volt concept had a better body profile.

Anyway, check out this video below of what GM’s Chevrolet Volt Vehicle Chief Engineer had to say:


Bottom line—GM expects to build 80 Volt prototype vehicles to be tested out on the public roads by this October, so you live in Detroit you might have already seen one of these babies on the road.


Also, be sure to check out the Lightning Hybrids LH4 concept update, Volt Declared Ordinary story and our partner site at AllCarsElectric.com. We also have to give a shout out to FamilyCarGuide.com who keeps a finger on the family auto perspective.

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