The (almost) gasless car is (almost) here

Chevrolet has unveiled the final production model of its Volt, a car that can travel 40 miles on a battery charge … without any gas. They say it will be available in 2010.

It’s not a Flintstone-style, foot-powered vehicle. Instead you fill the tank with gas, and the gas powers a generator that can charge the batteries on a longer journey.

Of course, it’s not free of all energy use. (Remember physics? Motion is energy. OK, I never took physics. But that’s the general idea.) Instead, you plug it in to charge the batteries, so theoretically, you could use clean power, solar, wind, etc. No word on whether the “common household plug” it will use will be 110 volt or 220 volt, but it would be annoying to have to run new power to your garage if it were the latter.

The price is estimated somewhere in the $35,000 range. The mileage? Well, that appears to be seriously confusing, but consider it somewhere between 48 miles per gallon and 100 mpg.

Now if only they can invent a gasless dog. Or a car that charges its batteries using canine gas as a power source …

6 thoughts on “The (almost) gasless car is (almost) here

  1. fawnahareo says:

    Hey, that sounds like a pretty smart idea! I wonder when someone will start making this in a mini-van. (Ha! Please pardon me, but I struggle with trying to make good, green transportation choices even as the family is exanding – sigh.)

  2. lindyloohoo says:

    It sounds cool even though 40 miles doesn’t seem far, it’s pretty long for just one battery charge!

    ~LOO

  3. solutionsbydave says:

    That car is only 4 feet long and 3 feet high and weighs in at 500 pounds… or something near that. I’m surprised it can’t run on a coiled spring!

  4. cheaplikeme says:

    @dave – You’re silly; it’s 14 feet long and 6 feet wide and weighs 3,500 lbs. Although your coiled-spring car is not a bad idea.

    @fawn – It’s a 4-5 passenger car, but if you have more than three kids (or three in car seats) it could be a squeeze! Not to mention field trips … Maybe they can make a trailer addition for those field trip days?

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