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Chevrolet Volt is quick, quiet, on schedule
Chevy Volt
Silent and more powerful than you'd expect, the Chevrolet Volt remains on schedule as General Motors Corp. gets ready to begin building prototypes of the electric car.

GM let me drive a mule version of the vehicle Monday morning in a short trip around its Warren Technical Center track.

As executives spoke about the vehicle, the Volts silently idled nearby.

"It's already on, just put it in drive," said one of the public relations personnel as myself and another journalist hopped into the car that was made from the body of the Chevy Cruz.

Acceleration is instant. The electric motor applies immediate torque to the front wheels so it feels even faster than it really is.

While the braking still needs calibrating and the mule doesn't have the suspension the Volt will eventually have, the electric powertrain is quieter and more refined than any electric car I've driven.

Hitting 60 mph is easy, though the tech center frowns upon speeding.

GM says it has yet to encounter anything that would prevent the Volt from arriving on schedule.

"There hasn't been that one big elephant along the way that we've expected during development. But there are lots of little things we need to address," said Frank Weber, the Volt's chief engineer.

Indeed, but when the hardcore durability testing begins next month, we should have a better idea how well this vehicle is progressing.

After seeing and driving the Volt for the first time, there's no reason not to think that the Volt is a go.  Detroit News

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