Monday, January 08, 2007

GM Introduces Plug-In Electric Car Due Many, Many Years From Now

From today's Washington Post comes news of the electric car redux!

General Motors Chairman G. Richard Wagoner Jr. on Sunday unveiled an innovative prototype, the Chevrolet Volt -- a plug-in vehicle that derives its power primarily from electricity rather than gasoline -- as the world's automakers take on global warming and U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

I, for one, was prepared to welcome our new electric overlords but then I read this:

GM hasn't given a date when consumers can buy the Volt because the advanced lithium-ion batteries needed to power the vehicle -- similar to technology used in cellphones -- are still years from widespread use in automobiles.

Somewhere a big dog barked. I'm filing this right next to the hydrogen fuel cell, and magical, swarming robots.

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