Behind the Scenes of the Chevy Volt

August 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm 7 comments

mel-and-paris-cropped-150x150Mel Fox ’95 MS EMS says that her favorite car is her boyfriend’s 1969 Camaro. That’s undeniably a cool car, but it certainly falls into the “gas guzzler” category. (Excuse me. Muscle car.) In her professional life, though, Fox is working on a car that’s at the opposite end of the spectrum — the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid in development.

Fox was featured this week on a new General Motors blog that is focusing on the people behind its technology. She’s a battery engineer, and her job is “ensuring the Volt batteries will last as long as possible — think of me as an advocate for the Volt battery!”

Fox’s path is no surprise. We mentioned her in a 2006 article about students working on a hybrid SUV for the ChallengeX competition, which was sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of energy. You can click here to download a PDF of our article.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  August 10, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    wtf is a camero? ha

  • 2. Tina Hay  |  August 11, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Tim – Good catch! We’ve fixed the mistake.

    BTW, when I was a kid, our local Chevy dealership had a souped-up lime-green-and-white Camaro for sale. I could NOT understand why I couldn’t persuade my mom to buy that as our family car. :-)

  • 3. Lori Shontz  |  August 11, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Sorry for the error, Tim, and thanks for the catch. I must have been daydreaming about the lemon-yellow Camaro that was on the lot at our local Chevy dealership when I needed a car for my first newspaper internship. Sadly, Dad bought me the gray Chevette.

  • 4. Jayson  |  August 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Fast Company recently did a blog entry about the Volt as well.

    http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/ariel-schwartz/sustainability/chevy-volt-gets-230-mpg-so-what?partner=homepage_newsletter

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