Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Book Dedicated to the Volt

Chevrolet Volt the Subject of New SAE International Book
SAE International
April 5, 2011 11:21am EDT

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 5, 2011 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As one of the automotive engineering industry's most storied vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt has been the subject of hundreds of articles over the last few years as it went from a concept car to a reality. Now, the car is the subject of a new book from SAE International focusing on the incredible story of the vehicle's development.
Chevrolet Volt – Development Story of the Pioneering Electrified Vehicle provides the only complete design and engineering story about the new Chevrolet Volt.
The 224-page, full-color book, edited by SAE International senior editor Lindsay Brooke, is the premiere compendium of engineering information related to the Chevrolet Volt. It aggregates articles about the Volt from SAE International's Vehicle Electrification website and Automotive Engineering International (AEI) magazine along with SAE International technical papers covering the vehicle's technology development. In addition to this content, it includes interviews with the principal engineers and supplier partners who participated in the Chevrolet Volt project, as well as insights from other technology companies who bring new ideas to the electrified vehicle space.  
Vehicle electrification comprises three major system technologies: lithium-based batteries, power control and electric motors. With the launch of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, GM began a new era in mobility technology—the extended range electric vehicle. AEI has closely followed the Chevrolet Volt's development—from its lithium battery technologies to its aerodynamics, subsystems and vehicle charging strategies. AEI has been deep inside the research and development labs and was the first industry publication to drive a Volt mile and experience the unique propulsion system. That sort of industry-insider access is the very thing that makes this book so important: it demonstrates, in-depth, the design process of electrification to mobility professionals.
The rapid push of automakers towards vehicle electrification demonstrates the need to understand cutting-edge electric vehicle trends. The Chevrolet Volt is certainly on the cutting edge of those trends, filled with groundbreaking engineering and often singled out by industry experts as the leader of vehicle electrification. The EPA recently released their official fuel economy label for the Volt: 93 MPG equivalent in all-electric mode, entirely peerless in the world of traditional gasoline powered cars. The market has reacted very positively to the Volt, and it is Motor Trend's 2011 Car of the Year.
Chevrolet Volt – Development Story of the Pioneering Electrified will be of interest to any automotive engineering professional, but will be of special interest to executives, engineers and mobility professionals who are interested in vehicle electrification development. Suppliers will also find the book useful for positioning their products for electric vehicle adoption.  Academics and enthusiasts will enjoy the incredible depth of the book's story of the Chevrolet Volt.  
AEI Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke has written extensively about automotive technology, manufacturing, business and history for 30 years for various trade and consumer publications. He was also technology analyst for a major auto industry analysis firm.
Book Details

Published: April 2011
Pages: Approx. 227
Full color
Print Binding: Hardcover
eBook Formats:  PDF
Product Code: PT-149
ISBN: 978-0-7680-3497-4
Price: $119.95 List, $101.95-$113.95 SAE Member
Other related books include:
Electric and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles by Ronald K. Jurgen.
History of the Electric Automobile: Hybrid Electric Vehicles by Ernest H. Wakefield.
The Electric and Hybrid Electric Car by Mike Westbrook.
For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order Chevrolet Volt – Development Story of the Pioneering Electrified Vehicle, visit: To request an electronic review copy of the book, email . Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, Pa., 15096-0001, to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.
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Contact: Shawn Andreassi, SAE International, via or 1-724-772-8522
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Monday, April 4, 2011

America Can't Fail

I'm having problems posting on so I decided to post this in response to a comment made early in the day.

xiaowei1 Says

Apr 4th, 2011 (6:21 am)
nasaman: I heartily applaud the European organizers and participants of this brilliant and bold initiative! On the other hand, it breaks my heart that there is so much opposition to “green initiatives” of almost any kind in America! Even one of the leading proponents of clean air and renewable fuel at the federal level —the embattled Environmental Protection Agency— is at this moment threatened to be either shut down completely or so underfunded as to be rendered essentially ineffective.This photo made me laugh out loud at first; but then when I saw what it could mean to America —”LEAD, FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY”— I felt almost like crying!!!
It would seem in this instance American democracy is designed to allow everyone (who can afford it) to complain so much, nothing gets done. I’m ready for the flaming!


Here's my thoughts on your comment X.  America is transparent and economically speaking perhaps more realistic than other nations.  We have to be, If we were to fail the world would be in sad shape.  Europe, Japan, and really even modern China (economically) are based on the capitalist system we made popular.  We can't fail, which is why the thought of cutting an organisation, the EPA is a possibility, it doesn't sustain itself financially.

If you look at the External Debt of the U.S. vs the debt of European countries or say Japans which is enormous we look pretty good.  Of course China has a budget surplus, but that'd be easy to do when you underpay your citizens and export like crazy.  I think that's important for people here to remember in our country, If things get bad enough we as the voters will demand real change, It doesn't take a genius to realize if we want to be wealthier as a country we need to make more buy less, work harder.

We apparently haven't gotten to that point yet.  And that's fine.