2011 Chevy Volt review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 17 September 2008 , 08:09:55 byVeronica

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Chevy Volt

General Motors finally revealed the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet Volt. The design of the car has evolved from the original concept that was unveiled for the first time at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The GM engineers have created an aerodynamically efficient design for the production vehicle. The rounded and flush front fascia, tapered corners and grille are functional, enabling air to move easily around the car. An aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass help reduce turbulence and drag. The design and engineering teams developed one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in the history of GM. On the interior, the Chevrolet Volt offers the space, comfort, convenience and safety features that customers expect in a 4-passenger sedan, and it delivers them in different colors, lighting and trim options unlike any offered before on a Chevrolet sedan. The new model uses electricity to move wheels at all times and speeds. The Volt is powered only by electricity stored in its 16-kW, lithium-ion battery. When this is finished, a gasoline / E85-powered engine generator provides electricity to power the electric drive unit of the Volt while, at the same time, sustaining the charge of the battery. The car can be plugged either into a standard household 120v outlet or use 240v for charging. Charging the Volt once a day, will consume less electric energy annually, than the average refrigerator and freezer units in a home. The electric drive unit of the Volt delivers the equivalent of 150 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque and enables the model to reach a top speed of 100 mph. The cost savings are even greater when charging during off-peak hours, when electric rates are cheaper. Production is scheduled to begin late 2010 for models in the United States. Unfortunately, the carmaker did not reveal the prices yet.