The Chevrolet Volt has established an entirely new segment in the global automotive market. It is a four-passenger car designed to provide the fuel-saving and emissions-reducing benefits of an electric vehicle without the range limitations associated with all-electric vehicles.
With numerous awards that include prestigious North American Car of the Year and European Car of the Year honors – as well as a loyal and passionate customer base – the innovative Volt is bringing new customers into Chevrolet dealerships.
For 2013, Volt offers an e-AT-PZEV specification that earns the Volt a coveted “green sticker” for single-occupancy HOV lane access in California and New York. Volt also adds a Hold mode that allows owners to direct when the Volt uses its gas generator. This feature helps save money because owners who mix city and highway driving can save the battery charge for city travel, where the Volt’s EV mode operates most efficiently.
Volt propulsion system
The heart of the Chevrolet Volt is its Voltec propulsion system, which combines pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending engine, giving the Volt up to 382 total miles of range.
The Volt’s long-life battery consists of a 5.5-foot, 435-pound T-shaped, 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It supplies energy to an advanced, 149-horsepower electric drive unit to propel the vehicle. Using only the energy stored in the battery, the Volt delivers an EPA-estimated 38 miles of tailpipe emissions-free electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature.
The Volt battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. When the battery is depleted, the Volt transitions to extended-range mode. Power is inverted from a technically advanced, 1.4L 84-horsepower gasoline-powered onboard engine to the electric drive unit to provide up to 344 additional miles of range.
Volt design and exterior features
Working closely with aerodynamicists in GM’s wind tunnel to shape the Volt, design and engineering teams developed the most aerodynamic vehicle in Chevrolet’s history. By reducing the energy needed to overcome air resistance, Volt aerodynamicists contributed an estimated eight miles of electric range and 50 miles of extended range.
The Volt’s rounded and flush-front fascia, tapered corners and grille enable air to move easily around the car to reduce drag. In the rear, a carefully designed spoiler controls airflow.
Inside, the Volt offers space, comfort and convenience – including storage compartments and 40/40 rear-folding seats. It also delivers them in a variety of interior color, lighting and trim options unlike any offered before on a Chevrolet sedan.
Standard interior features include SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a three-month trial, automatic climate control and premium cloth seats. Interior trim combinations include jet black seats with ceramic white accents, jet black seats with dark accents, jet black and white seats with ceramic white accents, jet black and spice red seats with dark accents, and pebble beige seats with dark accents.
Volt’s starting MSRP is $39,145. It is built at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, home to the largest photovoltaic solar array in southeast Michigan. The facility can use the 516 kilowatts of solar energy generated by the 264,000-square-foot array to charge up to 150 Volts or help power the plant.
To learn more about this innovative vehicle, including an informative FAQ section, visit www.chevy.com . You can also learn more by visiting your local Southeast Texas Chevrolet dealer.