GM’s New Electric Car Has Over 33,000 Pre-Buyers Already!

They’re Lining Up To Save The Planet

GM has been racing Toyota to be the first to mass market these new type of electric cars as they try and break free of costly gas-guzzling vehicles with gas prices at all-time highs. In steps the Chevrolet Volt. GM showed off a concept version of the Volt in January 2007 but has retooled the look of the vehicle significantly since then, in part in order to improve its aerodynamics, representatives of the automaker have said.

Like all hot-selling products, expect to see a shortage for the Volt, so first-time adopters may have to join an ever-growing waiting list. GM doesn’t expect to make money on the Volt’s first-generation, but will increase production slowly when they start at it’s Michigan production plant.

Most businesses keep their “next-gen” products under-wraps. GM has taken the opposite approach with the Volt, listening intently to consumers and featuring the concept version of the Volt in high-profile advertising, including a television spot broadcast during the Olympics. The green trend continues to drive auto-makers into designing cars that are more fuel efficient and/or emit cleaner byproducts.

GM is designing the Volt to run for 40 miles on a lithium-ion battery pack. It can be recharged at a standard outlet, and will also capture energy from braking, like a traditional hybrid, and feature an on-board engine that will be used to send power to the battery on longer trips. GM spokesman Dave Darovitz said “I don’t know if there is any other vehicle or any other technology that has generated this kind of interest because of the state of the market and gas prices, We know the demand is going to be there.” The car is slated for a 2010 release, but no details on the price have been released yet.

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~ by drcorner on August 14, 2008.

10 Responses to “GM’s New Electric Car Has Over 33,000 Pre-Buyers Already!”

  1. This is so long overdue! I am excited at the prospects for the future with regards to electric cars. We can only hope that they will be affordable enough to really institute a change in our habits. I’ve been interested in alternative vehicles becasue I have a flower shop and we have delivery vans that use to much gas. We have been looking at all the current available options. I would be interested to hear any suggestions regarding commercial delivery vehicle options. My problem with the prius and the green cars, is they are small, and when you are doing commercial flower delivery you need a larger space to maximize your trips.

  2. I agree, not only are these trend changes long overdue they are now going full steam. Companies like Ford and GM seem like they’re losing a lot of money with gas-guzzling cars. Now, they’re concern for profit margins will finally do some good.

    Besides the great environmental qualities these types of cars will bring, they’re also great looking cars too. Another plus for being green without sacrificing quality of life.

    Cities are also stepping up to the plate with more efficient buses, that carry more people and emit FAR FAR less bad byproducts. This is great, especially for business owners like yourself who rely on heavy duty vehicles for transporting goods, because it means that the technology they’ll use in those city vehicles will transplant over to the consumer type vehicles you’ll need for your business.

    I bet big companies like FedEx or UPS are very happy to see these developments advance. Right now Hybrids (like Ethanol and Plug-In vehicles) are the main option, but I’ve also heard of some VERY efficient “green” diesel fuels, and I believe I read about a lot more bio-type fuels in the works (like Algae based fuels). This site might be of initial help to you.

    http://www.greendieseltechnology.com/

    Good luck with the flower business (I went to an Aggie HS), so I know the fun and work that goes into it. I’ve added you to my blogroll as well. Thanks for the comments I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  3. I love electric vehicles, they are definitely the way forward. I would be looking at a smaller vehicle, something for running around town and doing the shopping.

    Here is one that I would consider for short trips when the weather isn’t kind to cyclists 🙂

    http://www.nicecarcompany.co.uk/mega-city.html

  4. Wow, that is a “nice car” 😀 , it’s specs are close to that of the Volt. I really like the design many of these new hybrid and “pure” type cars are coming out with. The only caveat I might have with the “Mega City” car is its compactness. It’s very space saving, but might be a little to compact for my tastes. It’s decently priced too at £11,500 (which translates to about $22,000 state-side).

    One of the many things I like about the Volt is that it has that sleek, modern design too, but it all just seems to flow and fit together very well. From the pictures and videos we’ve been supplied with so far, it also seems to have some good storage room as well (with a nice balance between small size and efficient storage for supplies or groceries, etc.). We’ll probably learn a lot more about it the launch date gets closer. Also the battery for the Mega City is sealed lead-based, the battery for the Volt looks like it’ll be ion-based (which might be a little more efficient).

  5. I can’t help but wonder if the Volt is getting a little over-hyped to the point where it is going to have difficulty living up to all the marketing buzz. From what I was reading this psst weekend GM still has a lot of work ahead of it to bring this car to market on schedule. And we all know what happens when carmakers rush vehicles into production too early.

    Also, the Volt is certainly stylish, but will it be useful for families? The Toyota Prius has already sold one million cars because of its winning combination of fuel savings and practicality. In addition, the Volt will have to compete with a bigger and better Prius, along with a new Honda hybrid model that will be priced far below the hefty $30,000-$40,000 expected for the Volt.

  6. Thanks for the comments carblogger. You make a lot of valid points. If you remember, when the first generation of modern hybrids appeared on the market a few years ago, there was a lot of buzz (both good and bad) surrounding them. This included complaints about the designs, places to to fuel up (there were a lot less alternative energy pumps), and functionality.

    Things have come a long way in a short timeframe, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. Re: the production schedule, GM isn’t the only one racing to meet their deadline as two other auto manufacturers who have a couple of new hybrids or electric cars on the horizon are also on the clock. GM’s Michigan plant is pretty much ready, but the engineers I believe still have a couple of things to fine tune out. I still believe they can make their slated early 2010 release.

    Who says the Volt has to be a purely family car? Many people are falsely attributing a lot of hybrids to being family oriented (you can partly blame the Prius for that). People forget that a lot of the gas-guzzling vehicles out there also come in small packages (race and sports cars). From the early press GM is giving the Volt, it looks like for now they’ll let the Prius have the niche it has carved out, and let the Volt go after the luxury buyers.

    They can always introduce a few other cars that compete directly with the Prius down the road, because I think they want to get their feet wet with this one and make sure it’s a success before going full-steam into others. If that’s true (and the car’s design is letting me believe that more and more), then the projected price (which they still haven’t officially publicized yet), is rather good for a Luxury car that will save you money at the pump in the long-run, and thus recoup some of it’s own costs. How many luxury cars do you know that can say that? I certainly don’t know of many (if at all).

  7. I checked out http://www.nicecarcompany.co.uk/mega-city.html, in the above post. That is a very nice car indeed! I did notice that she commented on the incentives that are available in London for green car drivers, the web article mentions no road tax, free parking, etc.. I wish we could get legislators on board here, to provide incentives like this to encourage alternative vehicle use. It might be just the thing to give alternatives the push they need.

  8. Yeah, it is a great car (though as I mentioned before a little too compact for my personal tastes). Continued (and maybe even increased incentives) would be nice, but I think a lot more people are staring to come to their senses and adopt greener cars not only to help save the environment and curb global warming, but to also reduce the strain on their wallets.

  9. 2010 will be here before we know it!

    Unfortunately, I have to admit to not knowing much about electric cars, their batteries, or maintenance. I am trusting that the auto makers are doing their best and will trouble shoot problems as they arise. A lot of this seems to be unchartered territory and someone has to stumble through it the first time around…

    The car LOOKS great anyway from the pictures that you displayed..especially that soft green color. I love that and would take one in a second!

    To add on to carblogger’s earlier comment…I don’t know if there can be too much “hype” when promoting more efficient products and thinking “outside of the box.” We need to get people talking and taking action and doesn’t hype do that?

    Thanks for sharing the information about the Volt and getting people talking and thinking a little greener!

    ~Melissa 🙂
    http://www.melissamorris.wordpress.com

  10. Hey Melissa, thanks for the comments on the post.

    One of the many things automakers are trying to do with the hybrid and alternative fuel cars is make things simple for consumers. For example: specs, with most just emphasizing how much MPG you can get and save at the pump, and how long the car can run before needing to “recharge”. Also, from what I’ve noticed, the engines seem to be made cleaner and sturdier (this in turn would probably less frequent maintenance).

    Yep, I agree. The more PR environmentally friendly products get, the more people will buy them and realize how their not just good, but good for your wallet as well. As I mentioned in the article, GM is taking the right approach with its Marketing Campaign by being open and vocal about the Volt (something auto-manufacturers aren’t usually known for).

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