The latest in plug-in hybrid technology provides extreme fuel economy; tax breaks for early adopters; no compromise in features.
The Chevy Volt is GM's first plug-in hybrid vehicle. It carries a bank of lithium-ion batteries underneath as its primary fuel source. The batteries can be charged by plugging them in overnight, and can provide a range of 40 miles. Should the driver require a longer range, an on-board 1.4L 4-cylinder gasoline-powered engine automatically starts up to generate additional energy. A regenerative braking system provides additional charging whenever the vehicle slows.
The Volt is capable of a top speed of 100 mph, making it suitable for highway driving. Like all electric cars, the Volt has lots of torque right from the get-go, making for quick starts and fun driving. Driving at faster speeds and flooring it at every red light as well as steep hills will all reduce that 40-mile electric-only range.
Chevrolet understands that an electric car will only be successful if drivers and passengers don't feel compromised by the experience. The Volt comes with a standard eight air bags, which includes a knee bag for the driver as well as side curtains for all passengers. Navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth and remote keyless entry are all standard equipment. A standard cargo cover keeps the 10.6 cubic-foot trunk hidden.
GM's OnStar system is included for five years. An energy-efficient Bose sound system is also included and includes a 30GB hard drive and USB port. This system uses less energy than other stereo systems, allowing more power to be utilized at the wheels. Leather seats are even available for a little touch of luxury. A rear camera and park-assist system are also optional, as are heated front seats.
The Chevy Volt is the first mass-produced, purpose-built, plug-in hybrid from a major manufacturer. The Volt is an electric car, so its batteries can be charged when it is plugged into an outlet, but The Volt also carries a small gasoline-powered engine on board to charge the batteries, should a longer range be required. A Volt driver need not compromise on comfort features-the Volt is equipped similarly to other mid-size sedans.
The Volt represents cutting-edge technology in electric and hybrid vehicle design. This car was intended to include all the modern safety and convenience features expected from a 4-seat hatchback, and as a result, the MSRP of the Volt seems steep. However, some estimates have placed the cost-per-mile at only 2 cents. Volt buyers may be able to take advantage of federal and state tax credits as well, making this revolutionary car more affordable than its base price suggests.*Prices shown are Chevy Cars suggested retail prices only, and do not include taxes or license. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.