Posted by: Grant | July 14, 2012

Holden Volt – Just misses

While it is a whole lot better than the usless Prius, which fails to even compete with a good diesel, the Holden Volt, a plug-in electric using the latest cell-phone battery technology, has unfortunately failed to use the new robot battery switching technology.

Robot battery switching would let you drive your Volt from Brisbane to Melbourne, without it you can only drive it from Brisbane to Port Macquarie at which point you either crawl along on the very small petrol engine or stop and charge it up overnight.
The Volt needs either a 1,000 km range or  battery switching technology as per “Better Place”.

About Volt
The long range electric Holden Volt goes on sale in Australia later this year. A game-changing electric vehicle (EV) with extended-range capability it can recharge in less than six hours via a regular household outlet (10A charge), costing as little as $2.50 for a full charge. It has an electric range of up to 87km and with its petrol generator, has a combined range of more than 600km. To view video of how Volt works visit:

I hope that the failure of the Volt does not doom the new electric cars to extinction – I love electric cars and fully support “Better Place” – my kind of Greenies – practical.


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