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DETROIT -(Dow Jones)- General Motors Corp. (GM) said Thursday it will have a " mule" test vehicle with the battery system intended for the Chevrolet Volt, an electric plug-in hybrid under development, ready for road testing by the end of the month.

GM is trying to get the Volt into production by November 2010. The vehicle is important for GM, as the automaker hopes to leap ahead of competitor Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) in hybrid vehicle technology.

Moving out of the lab and onto the road is an important step in development of the Volt's system, known as E-flex.

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Why do all of the journalists keep calling the Volt a hybrid, of which it isn't? It's an electric car. The motor does not at any time drive the vehicle, it simply generates power when needed for the battery pack.

I think this is part of GM's yet tough position on marketing. Everyone thinks it's a hybrid and then then they summarize it with, "What's taking so long, Toyota has had hybrids for years, gollee GM sucks". No people it's an electric car with extended range provided by an IC to charge the batteries. This hasn't been done before in significant production quantities, it's a first for the industry. No the EV1 and Tesla don't count.:eek:
 

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^^Range extended EV, serial hybrid, call it what you want. This car will be so hyped that the public will know the difference.
 

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Why do all of the journalists keep calling the Volt a hybrid, of which it isn't? It's an electric car. The motor does not at any time drive the vehicle, it simply generates power when needed for the battery pack.

I think this is part of GM's yet tough position on marketing. Everyone thinks it's a hybrid and then then they summarize it with, "What's taking so long, Toyota has had hybrids for years, gollee GM sucks". No people it's an electric car with extended range provided by an IC to charge the batteries. This hasn't been done before in significant production quantities, it's a first for the industry. No the EV1 and Tesla don't count.:eek:
It can be called a hybrid. Hybrid doesn't mean only what we've generally come to expect with a "parallel" hybrid like the Prius. It's also not a "mere" electric vehicle like the Tesla and the old EV-1. The term "hybrid" was not invented for cars. It just means combining two things to produce a new, different, third thing. A minivan is a car/truck hybrid. A mule is a horse/burro hybrid. You are a hybrid of your mother and father.

The volt is a "series" hybrid that can disengage the gas engine to run as a pure electric. Plus, as a plug-in capable vehicle it has yet ANOTHER level of "hybridness" A double hybrid?

Whatever. It is my understanding that GM is referring to it as an "EERV". an Electric, Extended Range Vehicle. But you can call it a horseless carriage if you like.
 
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