Chevy Volt: 5 Cool Facts on GM’s Car

 

By Posted 15 Jan 2011, 10:17

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is still open to the public, but when it was just for the press one car stood out, and that was the Chevy Volt. GM’s car seems to have been with us for an age, but it has only been on the market in the U.S. for little over a month. We thought we would take a look at 5 cool facts that you need to know about this award-winning vehicle.

AOL News has been doing it’s homework and has managed to learn a few things that most of you would not have known. The first fact is a simple one, the Volt was made available in North America in December, and will be launched in Europe later this year, but possibly under the Opel/Vauxhall brand.

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Just before the Chevy Volt was launched there was uncertainty as to what kind of car this was, but it now seems that it has settled with being an electric-gas hybrid. The vehicle can achieve 25 to 50 miles on the electric motor, which needs to be recharged via a power outlet/charging station. If you need to go further then the gas engine will kick in.

One of the main facts is remembering to keep the Volt charged, and that if you want to save your fuel bills, then try to keep it to town driving only. 400 miles is the maximum range on a full charge and a full take of gas.

The fourth fact is how expensive the Chevy Volt is, prices start from $41,000. This price will go up the moment you begin to conifer your new vehicle. You need to remember that you are paying a premium for new technology.

The final fact is that this new car from GM has some competition in the market. The main rival currently is the Nissan Leaf, but according to an AP report on NPR early sales shows that things are not going the Japanese automakers way. However, the likes of Ford will give the Volt a run for its money once they launch their Focus Electric, which Autoblog learned during the Detroit Auto Show Press Event.

We still cannot decide if there is a market for the Volt, but we do know that Ford and that Electric Focus will prove very popular. The reason for this is because they will use a brand of vehicle that has already proved itself in the market.

  • Denny

    Can't understand why the generator couldn't put a little of that electricity into charging the batteries.

  • drew

    Chevy Volt in 2011:
    ""New Technology" can go 25-50 miles on Electric. Then Burns Gasoline" Wow.

    Tesla Roadster in 2003:
    "Truly New Tech goes 250 miles on ELECTRIC ONLY." (And accelerates like Ferrari)

    Why all the hype about the Volt? Give Tesla Motors credit for being the TRUE visionaries who forced this market into existence. Remember GM's EV1?? They clearly had no interest in pursuing electric then and apparently are only doing it grudgingly now. All this hype about what is essentially still a hybrid? Come on….

    On the other hand though, why has Tesla dinked around getting to market when they've had superior product (in fact were the ONLY electric auto company) for years? I don't get this.