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2007 Detroit Auto Show; GM Unveils Volt All-Electric Concept - VIDEO ENHANCED

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Bob Lutz helps introduce the Chevy Volt

EDITOR'S NOTE: This page contains two embeded videos. The first is the complete GM Press Conference in Detroit. The second (at the bottom of the page) is a shorter video that contains remarks made by Rick Wagoner, Bob Lutz and others about the VOLT concept car.

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DETROIT - January 7, 2007: At the 2007 North American International Auto Show today, General Motors' head honcho Rick Wagoner unveiled the Chevrolet Volt concept sedan and announced that production work has begun on a new generation of electric vehicles that could eliminate gas stations for Americans who live close to their workplaces.

Built on a platform that GM calls the E-flex System, the Volt is a battery-powered electric car that has a range of 40 city miles after a six-hour charge from a household electrical outlet – which would make it a viable, gas-free daily driver for Americans whose one-way work commute is 20 miles or less. That’s 78 percent of all American workers, according to GM car czar Bob Lutz.

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The car also has a flex-fuel gasoline engine that extends the range to up to 640 miles. The gas engine does not drive the wheels – instead, it creates electricity that powers the wheels.

The Volt’s sharp-angle body style evokes current Cadillacs. Lutz said the car proves that “environmentally conscious cars can actually look good, as well.”