GM has given the Chevy Volt its first auto show exposure at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. With a game-changing powertrain, the Volt is as relevant in Europe as it is in the US. The Volt uses a series hybrid system, using an electric motor to drive the wheels with a petrol engine to generate more electricity once the car's lithium-ion battery pack is depleted.
Under electric power alone, the car has a 40-mile range and can be recharged at any AC outlet. For many people, that range will cover their daily commute, which will result in no actual petrol usage during a typical working day.
GM previously revealed the production Volt at its centennial celebration in Detroit, and has now displayed it for the general public at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. This series hybrid car represents a radical powertrain change and, if successful, will radically influence how all cars are designed. -Wayne Cunningham