Chevy Volt to Debut Bose Energy Efficient Series Sound System
Scheduled to go on sale at the end of next year, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, expected to be the world’s first production plug-in hybrid, will feature a newly designed energy efficient sound system by one of the world’s premier producers of acoustic inventions.
Using a proprietary design, the new Bose system is 30% smaller, 40% lighter, and uses 50% less energy than conventional Bose sound systems, while delivering premium, high-quality audio, the company said.
“We believe the Energy Efficient Series offers a combination of efficiency and performance previously unattainable from an automotive sound system,” said Brandon Westley, President of Bose Automotive Systems.
General Motors, the maker of the Chevy Volt, is pinning their hopes on the vehicle that is capable of driving 40 miles on a single charge without using any gasoline or emissions. The vehicle also carries an electric motor powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder flex-fuel engine which will take over when the car goes beyond the 40 mile range.
President Barack Obama referenced the hybrid-electric car during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
“New plug-in hybrids roll off our assembly lines, but they will run on batteries made in Korea,” he said. The President mentioned that one of his energy goals is to bring the manufacturing of such projects back to the United States. “Well, I do not accept a future where the jobs and industries of tomorrow take root beyond our borders, and I know you don’t, either. It is time for America to lead again,” Obama said.
GM is hoping that the vehicle will appeal to short-distance commuters, and ultimately transform the auto industry as we know it.
The low range may pose a bit of a problem for marketing the Volt, especially since the 40 mile number the company is talking about is only when all power equipment has been turned off, including the air-conditioner, stereo and headlights.
The new Bose energy efficient system is actually intended, at least in part, to lessen the power usually milked by the on board car stereo equipment.
“Bose switching amplifiers use less energy and generate less heat than conventional linear amplifiers. Small and lightweight, they drive the new, highly efficient high motor force speakers to deliver the acoustic output of heavier conventional speakers. These components combine with Bose proprietary control circuitry to deliver sound reproduction at concert hall volumes, while reducing the system’s total power consumption by half,” the Bose Corporation said in a statement.
So for those of you that don’t use the AC, headlights or stereo, the Chevy Volt can provide 40 miles of gasoline-free driving while singing along with the ultra-clear energy-efficient voice of your favorite rock artist. Errr, wait. I guess you’ll have to decide; stereo on, or do you need all 40 miles?