Curious as to how the Chevy Volt works?
Here are ten facts to ease your mind:
- When fully charged you can drive up to 40 miles on the electricity stored in the battery (this is called “electric mode”)
- After the battery is depleted, the Volt automatically uses gas to generate its own electricity, which can travel up to 300 additional miles (this is called Extended-Range Mode)
- Who will get the most benefit from driving the Volt?
- Around 75% of people commute less than 40 miles a day or less. This means that you may never have to gas up in order to drive to and from work if you are one of those people.
- Will I always get 40 miles on an electric charge?
- No. Like every electric vehicle, electric miles per charge, day-today, will vary based on Terrain, Temperature and Technique.
- Is it easy to use?
- Yes, the Volt is extremely easy to use. It drives just like a conventional car and you can charge it up in the convenience of you own garage.
- What happens if I never charge the battery?
- No worries if you never charge the battery. You are not going to get the full effect of having an electric vehicle, but the vehicle can run up to 300 miles on a single tank of gas.
- Why electricity?
- Electricity runs clean in a vehicle. With electricity comes the concept of ‘no emissions’ – which is extremely beneficial to our eco-system. With the advancements in the way we generate electricity = advancements in canceling out almost all of our harmful emissions.
- Is there a special outlet required to charge the Volt?
- No, you can plug it into any standard dedicated 120V household outlet. Or, if you want, you can have a 240V charging station installed in your own garage.
- How long does the Volt take to charge?
- If you use the 120V it will take you ten hours for a full charge. If you use the 240V it will take you only four hours for a full charge.
- How much will the Volt cost?
- The purchase price has yet to be completely determined – but you can get up to &7,500 back in federal tax credit. Visit our Volt page for the latest information!
We all know how important it is to lower our carbon footprint; what we do today ultimately affects those in the future. Nissan and Chevrolet have decided to help future generations by introducing electric cars. Nissan is placing its ‘Leaf’ on the market later on this year, and the same goes for Chevrolet with its ‘Volt’.
The Nissan Leaf will be able to travel up to 100 miles on one charge! Now, 100 miles may not seem like that long of a distance, but most Americans actually travel less than that to get to work and back every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to virtually never have to pay for gas again?
The new electric cars are being modeled to look and act as normal, gas vehicles. There are many technological attractions about green cars – including, blind spot sensors, collision avoidance systems and touch sensitive controls. Even the prices of the vehicles are aimed to be priced around those of its gas competitors (roughly $30,000 to $40,000).
Be on the look out for Nissan and Chevy’s electric cars later on this year!
General Motors Co. will build a pure-electric vehicle by expanding the Chevrolet Volt’s battery pack and removing its internal combustion engine, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said Monday. It’s the next step for the Volt, a car the company says can run 40 miles on a charge from a standard home power outlet. After the battery wears down, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder internal combustion engine takes over and generates electricity to power the car. It’s due to go on sale this fall at a cost of about $40,000, before tax credits.
Lutz would not say exactly when the pure-electric version would make it into showrooms, but said it would be “technologically trivial” to switch out the internal combustion engine. Lutz told reporters at the Detroit auto show that GM could quickly expand the Volt’s battery pack and take out the engine to build a fully electric car similar to Nissan’s Leaf. The Leaf, also to go on sale in the U.S. late this year, which can get up to 100 miles on an electric charge but must be recharged or have a new battery installed to go any further.
There may be a market for pure-electric vehicles for people who travel less, or GM could need it to meet government fuel economy regulations, he said. Once you’ve done the Volt, pure electric is trivial. You just leave some parts out,” Lutz said.
Lutz also said electric vehicles may not get the stated range on fully electric power because of weather, atmospheric conditions, terrain and driving habits. He said he had a Volt during the Thanksgiving weekend and got only 28 miles on full-electric power because of the cold weather. “It varies a lot more than the range variation with a gasoline-powered car depending on your driving style,” Lutz said.
The Volt equipped with the internal combustion engine was unveiled three years ago. Once it goes on sales later this year, it will qualify for up to $7,500 in tax credits.
A MERE five years ago someone at General Motors had a spark of inspiration.
In the depths of the Asian economic crisis, the American giant had baled out Korean maker Daewoo. Problem was, it had sunk money into a brand that arguably ranked lower in popularity than the Jedwards. Cheap, certainly, cheerful, maybe, but when it came to quality and desirability, Daewoo had taken over Skoda’s mantle as the make everyone loved to hate. Quality and perception issues can be solved over a period of time – as Skoda has proved – but a quick fix was needed.
And some bright spark in GM’s marketing department came up with the answer just dump Daewoo and give the brand a name the world recognizes.
That name was Chevrolet – an American icon with a glorious heritage.
Since the name change, GM has been working hard to improve the quality and desirability of the Korean products and the results can be seen with every new Chevrolet which comes along. And next spring the transformation will be complete when the appropriately named Chevrolet Spark hits our streets.
Styling is hip-hop generation, the interior funky and spacious and build quality and drivability represent a quantum leap forward. Front end design provides a family link with the bigger Chevrolet Cruze, but the Spark has a character all of its own and, with a range of bright, trendy colours, it will certainly stand out on the streets.
Next up is the LS, from £8,445, which comes with bigger wheels, remote central locking, a sunglasses holder and enhanced cosmetic details. A Plus pack providing alloys, front and rear electric windows, trip computer, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, roof bars and steering wheel audio controls is available on the LS for an additional £500.
Topping the range is the £9,845 Spark LT which has bigger, 15 inch, alloys, climate control and exterior body kit and six speaker stereo. So far so good, but the real bonus is the Tardis-like interior space.
The Spark is longer, wider and higher than the Matiz. Even with the front seats well back, there’s plenty of leg room in the rear and a high roofline means that there are no problems for taller passengers.
Access is good through the rear doors but it’s a relatively narrow car and Chevrolet’s claim that this is a full five-seater is stretching it a little. Yes, it will seat five, but it wouldn’t be very comfortable on longer trips. Boot space is little more than shopping sized, but the rear seats fold to provide a decent luggage platform when traveling two-up. It will come with a choice of 1.0 and 1.2 litre petrol engines. While the 1.2 is quicker off the mark and has a higher top speed, official fuel consumption and emissions of 55.4mpg average and 119g/km respectively are identical to those of the one litre engine.
Cute, edgy, fashionable and fun, the Spark is a surprisingly good package and it comes to the market at just the right time. Buyers’ expectations of even the smallest of cars are growing ever higher and the Spark will not disappoint.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has recently given a few impressions to those journalists who have been aloud twenty minutes inside one. The first impression is the silence. It is one thing to coast along doing 15-20 mpg, but to accelerate from 0-60 mph with no noise other than that of the wind and tires is incredible, and Tony Posawatz said that the sounds will be even less noticeable on the final product. Secondly, the best way to decrease speed in the Volt is by lifting off the gas pedal. When the car is shifted into low mode, the motor then charges the batteries while also slowing the car. Thirdly, acceleration is impressive, GM is aiming for the feel of a 250-hp V6 sedan, and expects to have a sub-nine second 0-60 time. The Chevrolet Volt could very well be the next big hit that GM needs.