GM released more details on development progress of their Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Leftlane News notes that the Chevrolet Volt could prove to be one of the most important automotive launches of all time.

Engineers at GM’s battery test facility have developed a new computer algorithm to accelerate durability testing of the advanced lithium-ion batteries needed to power the Chevrolet Volt for up to 40 miles (64 km) of electric-only driving. This advanced computer program duplicates real-life vehicle speed and cargo-carrying conditions, and compresses 10 years of comprehensive battery testing into the Volt’s brisk development schedule.

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