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The Chevrolet Volt, the Plug-In Hybrid from GM
"The Chevrolet Volt is an award-winning, leading technology recognized as the only electric vehicle that can meet all your driving needs," said Kevin Williams, president and managing director at General Motors of Canada. "The Volt delivers it all: dramatic greenhouse gas reductions, a revolutionary propulsion system, progressive styling, spirited driving dynamics, and industry-leading safety, premium amenities, and user-friendly technologies."
What Is It?
Volt is the everyday electric car, with gas for longer trips. In its simplest form, Volt operates two ways - in EV mode (battery powered) and extended-range (gasoline powered) mode. With a fully charged battery, in moderate conditions and depending on the temperature, terrain, battery age and how you drive, Volt offers an initial electric range of 38 miles - totally gas-free and tailpipe-emissions-free. You can also drive a total range of up to 380 miles on a full charge and a full tank of gas.
How It Works
The Volt is an electric vehicle with gasoline powered range-extending capability. The energy is stored onboard in a 16.5-kWh, T-shaped lithium-ion battery. The battery powers the electric drive unit while driving the car electrically for an initial range without using a drop of gas. When the electric range of Volt has been used up, a gas-powered electric generator works with the electric motors to keep you going. So whether you want to go crosstown or cross-country, you're free to drive wherever you want, efficiently. And even though Volt can plug into a 120V outlet, if you don't have a chance to charge it, all you have to do is fill it up just like you do with a conventional car.
While Volt has been designed to be the most efficient when it's plugged in daily, it will run efficiently without being plugged in for days, weeks or even months. With Volt, you don't have to plug in every day if it doesn't accommodate your schedule.
Volt is an electric car with the flexibility that most drivers need. We heard from drivers that the current cars on the market are not giving them what they want. They want freedom from the gas pump and freedom from the charging station. And that's why we built Volt as a better electric car. With the range-extending capability of the gasoline engine, Volt gives you freedom to keep going for even longer distances. With less gas being used, the reduced fuel emissions produced is immense. The Chevrolet Volt is a reliable car that can save you some money with its incredible fuel efficiency.
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