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.
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.