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AC electric car fall 09 nytimes the volt after 40 miiles

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November 22, 2009 For the Volt, How’s Life After 40 (Miles)?  By LINDSAY BROOKE Milford, Mich. SITTING behind the wheel of a 2011 Chevrolet Volt prototype on Wednesday, I  found myself confronting what may be the greatest fear that future owners of  electric vehicles  will face: a battery-charge indicator showing just a few miles  of remaining range. If I were out on a desolate Interstate in a vehicle powered solely by batteries,  I’d be praying to the god of electrons for a place to pull off and plug in a  charging cord. But my drive is at  General Motors ’ proving grounds here, and  I’m about to experience what the Volt’s vehicle line director (and my  passenger), Tony Posawatz, says is the car’s trump card: a gasoline-powered  generator under the hood. Like other reporters, I had already driven Volt prototypes in the battery- powered mode, and they were predictably smooth and silent. But for eventual  Volt owners, a crucial — and so far unanswered — question is how the car will  perform when the battery’s charge is depleted and all electricity is provided by  an onboard generator, driven by a gasoline engine, that has no mechanical  connection to the wheels. Will it be a slug? How annoying will the noise of the generator’s engine be in 
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