Auto Makers Hedging Bets on EV

It seems that ]mainstream auto makers are finally putting forth the goods. Car companies like GM are producing electric cars that are extended range vehicles. GM's Chevy Volt, which is also a contender for this year's Green Car Vision award, hopes to be the first of many alternative options to gasoline powered cars.

The Chevy Volt gets 40 miles on a charge and if that runs out it's gasoline powered generator can recharge the battery as the car moves. The assumption is that most people have one-way commutes of 20 miles so that on most days the car will function entirely on electricity.

It could be that the auto makers have been shocked (pardon the pun) enough to produce vehicles that are set to change the way we drive, yet they now have another challenge...staying alive.

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