U.S. President Barack Obama got his first exposure and seat time earlier this month in the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability during a visit to the Compact Power battery plant in Holland, Mich.
LG Chem, the parent of Compact Power, is making the battery cells for the Volt, which goes on sale late this year.
The Volt has a range of about 340 miles and is powered with electricity at all times.
For up to the first 40 miles, the Volt is powered solely by electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, using no fuel and producing no emissions. When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 300 miles (482 km) on a full tank of gas.