Exclusive scoop: Chevy Planning New Natural Gas Hybrid Vehicle
Team ecofabulous has sniffed out a major development in the eco automotive category: General Motors is readying their next generation hybrid technology for release under the new moniker RE:VOLT. Unlike the current production Chevy Volt, which relies on an electric + gasoline combination, the RE:VOLT removes all dependence on fossil fuels and powers the on-board generator with natural gas (butt this is one time the anti-fracking community will be excited about natural gas).
Once we got a whiff of this exciting news, we squeezed out more details… The RE:VOLT name refers to the natural gas recycling mechanism integrated into the car’s cabin. Apparently GM has developed a breakthrough methane capture and sequestration device which will be built into each of the passenger seat surfaces.
Much has been written about the whopping 623 billion cubic feet of methane lost or vented into the atmosphere during the production and transport of oil and natural gas. But GM is the first to smell a big opportunity around the 100 billion cubic feet of methane and hydrogen produced by humans each year. The Volt program at GM is flush with funds given their early success, and they’ve clearly spent a wad of cash on R&D for the RE:VOLT. Their new greenhouse gas recycling technology is known internally as Flatus Apparatus for Recapture and Transport.
Our sources have also leaked a pre-production image of the new GPS navigation system for the RE:VOLT. It has been cleverly redesigned to increase the vehicle driving range by intelligently guiding the driver to available food options with high legume content:
The Chevy RE:VOLT is expected to hit dealerships in early 2013 and will bring new meaning to the age old phrase “Drive by the seat of your pants”.