I intend to pore through the manual for the Volt to get some information on the likely cost of a full charge.
@Bolaji, 12 hours for single recharge is pretty long time. Many developing nations face serious shortage of electricity. Many rural areas in India gets electricity for only 12hours per day. So until we improve this efficiency this vehicle will not have universal appeal.
It looks like a quick management decision to show an "electric car," but full of compromises.
@Parser, I agree with you. I fail to understand why there is so much delay to release truly electric vehicle. By the way "Laser Power System" company has announced a new design for a thorium engine that could be used in a future car. They claim one gm of thorium would provide the equivalent of 28,400 litres of gasoline, so a thorium-powered car could last for 300,000 miles (480,000 km) ) or 5,000 hours of driving between fill-ups.
@Ms. Daisy, Yes, a full charge requires 12 hours! That's a show stopper. I am going to focus on the positive side or advantages of the Volt in other blogs. I intend to pore through the manual for the Volt to get some information on the likely cost of a full charge.
The Volt loks great, but did you state that the vehicle's full charge (a 12 hour wait) is only good for 40 miles? That truly is a huge limitation and a let down. I am curious to read about the mileage at night when all lights are on and the car is in electric mode. Waiting to read about the opportunities for electronic OEMs and component vendors.
Eldredge, The opportunity to advance the battery technology is one of the ways electronics manufacturers can help accelerate the adoption of this type of product. Without adequate and faster charging mechanism the Chevy Volt will remain a niche product for the richer or more Green-friendly members of the society.
@Nemos, There's a shorter charging option for the Chevy Volt using the 240 voltage line. This will recharge the car in six hours rather than the 12 hours required for a full charge using 110 volts. Even this seems kind of long and should be whittled down more. A quick one hour charge should be the goal but I don't see that happening anytime soon. As Brian Fuller explained battery technology is lagging far behind advances in electronics and semiconductor.
With currently available technology, I don't see the practicality of a recharging electric-only vehicle. It seem like there is a need for generating a portion of the needed electricity on-board the vehicle, but perhaps with other potential fuel sources than gas. But I think you have the right focus for this test drive - what are the opportunities for the electronics industry to move this technology forward?
In the picture, the car is looked very nice, I think hybrid car like volt is the step between the gasoline cars and the electric cars. It is pointless to say how much will benefit the Electric supply chain from this transition if begins. I want to ask if chevy has quick a charging option.
True jolt. 40 miles on electric power. It looks like a quick management decision to show an "electric car," but full of compromises. I hope they are working on a next model. I am curious what your test will reveal.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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