Lawrence Tech gets preview of Chevy Volt
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Lawrence Tech students got a chance to see the 2011 Chevy Volt ahead of its release and hear about General Motors’ plans for fuel cells and hydrogen when GM Tech Center staff engineer Joseph Mercurio gave a talk at the College of Engineering on Oct. 21.
His talk was part of the Third Thursday Seminar Series for the fall semester in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Mercurio discussed the latest developments in advanced drive-train vehicles at General Motors, their cost, performance and readiness for production. He reviewed GM’s work in Hawaii to develop a hydrogen refueling infrastructure and the integration of the transportation and electrical grid.
He has a PhD from Cornell University in biological and environmental engineering.
After his lecture, Mercurio explained some of the new features of the 2011 Chevy Volt that he had driven to campus. The Volt can run as far as 45 miles on electric power alone before a small gasoline engine kicks in to help out. It has a list price of around $41,000.
The Volt is scheduled to go on sale in a few markets including Detroit before the end of the year, and General Motors has been introducing the vehicle in a 12-city tour.