The first electric car that runs on more than electricity
Powered by electricity without being tethered to electrical outlets, the Volt is unique among electric vehicles because of its two sources of energy. There's an electric source that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 35 miles in addition to an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can drive for hundreds of additional miles on a full tank of gas. This innovation in extended-range technology has changed the future automotive landscape and has given freedom to drivers to keep going-Volt can always get you back.
Volt was voted North American Car of the Year by automotive journalists, has collected Green Car Journal's Car of the Year® award, and was chosen Automobile Magazine's Automobile of the Year. Looks like someone just had to be first.
Volt is unique among electric vehicles because you have two sources of energy. You have an electric source a battery that allows you to drive gas free for an EPA estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go up to a total of 375 additional miles on a full tank of gas. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that too. Volt is first for two very good reasons.
So advanced, it's simple
If you can drive, you can drive a Volt. Instead of turning a key, you push a blue button. Rather than looking at dials and needles, you check two interactive LCD screens for feedback based on your particular driving style. For example, suppose you want to go from A to B in the most efficient manner possible. Volt is programmed to respond with a choice of three driving modes. Normal mode enables Volt to drive like a conventional car, only more efficiently. Sport mode gives drivers more aggressive feedback and heightened response. Mountain mode maintains a power reserve for climbing long, steep grades.
Charging for about $1.50 per day on average.
It doesn't get much simpler than that. For less than the cost of a latte, you can fully charge your Volt and drive an EPA - estimated 35 miles gas free. Choose a standard 120V charging kit that allows you to plug into a conventional electrical outlet and fully charge the battery in about 10 hours, depending on climate. Or opt for an available 240V charging station that reduces your charging time to approximately four hours. Professional installation required. For more information, visit SPX Service Solutions.
Two apps, double the connectivity
Curious about your charging status? Download the OnStar RemoteLink™ mobile app6 and you can see the battery level and charge mode 120V or 240V right on your smart phone. You'll be able to remotely verify that the car is plugged in and even schedule a future charging time. Text or email alerts tell you when the battery is fully charged or if there's a charge interruption. But suppose you want to schedule a service appointment online. Or create a photo reminder to help you remember where you parked your car. Download the myChevrolet app, which works with OnStar RemoteLink™, to give you all the power you want, in the palm of your hand.
Instant torque @ zero
The connection is direct: head, right foot, motor, power. Without a traditional transmission, 273 lb. ft. of low-end torque has nowhere to go except to the tires and pavement. This helps explain why a vehicle with an electric propulsion system can feel so powerful and exhilarating. No wonder Volt has the ability to reach a test track speed of 100 mph. There's the smooth whisper-like quiet ride, perfect for expressing your astonishment. Out loud, of course.
A 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers Volt for an EPA-estimated 35 miles on a full charge. If you also have a full tank of gas, the total driving range is up to 375 miles. It's electric when you want it, gas when you need it.
If the battery runs low, you don't have to worry because Volt automatically transitions to a unique gasoline range-extending capability. Even if you never use it, you know you've got a backup plan. Chevy puts the same kind of confidence behind our 8-year/100,000 mile Battery and Voltec Component Limited Warranty. Engineering in. Fun out.
Enhance efficiency. Have a ball. Simply keep the ball green and in the center of the gauge to enjoy optimal battery efficiency.
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A safety philosophy that runs deep
What's the best safety philosophy? Avoid a collision in the first place. That's the kind of thinking that has earned Volt accolades like being named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and receiving a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Over, under, inside and around we've thought of safety from every angle.
Your drive begins with the aid of an available rea vision camera system that alerts drivers to certain stationary obstacles when driving in Reverse at low speeds. Since Volt is so quiet, a driver activated pedestrian friendly alert helps warn people who may not hear Volt approaching at low speeds. Once on the road, drive with confidence knowing the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control is there to keep you on course.
If a moderate to severe collision occurs, Volt is designed to respond instantly with eight standard air bags - including head - curtain side - impact air bags for outboard front and rear occupants, plus frontal side impact and new knee air bags for the driver and front passenger. Meanwhile, the cabin is reinforced with high strength steel throughout. But our protective measures don't end there.
Should a collision occur, crucial information can be automatically relayed to the OnStar® Command Center via OnStar® Automatic Crash Response10. There, trained OnStar Advisors utilize GPS technology to pinpoint your exact location and can request that assistance be sent right away even if you're unable to respond. OnStar is standard for three years.