Chevrolet Volt Test Drive Impressions
After a five hour stint with the Volt, I offer up some impressions. Driven
from downtown Los Angeles, up to Mulholland Drive and then to the Angeles
2012 Chevy Volt electric car review
2012 Chevy Volt electric car review
Please note: Features to the right may be in addition to, or in place of,
features in other trims.
Vehicle Key Features
Electric drive unit
149 hp, 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard
1.4L internal combustion engine with 83 hp; requires premium fuel.
4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc electro-hydraulic power system with
StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System
Includes brake assist, Traction Control and a regenerative system on front
Tire Pressure Monitor Standard
Three auxiliary 12-volt outlets including one in the front center console,
one in the rear console and one in the upper instrument panel storage bin.
Power adjustable mirrors
Heated, body-color mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.
17" 5-spoke forged-painted aluminum wheels Standard
17" 5-spoke forged-polished aluminum wheels Available
Touch-sensitive center controls
Includes Driver Mode Control switch and 7" (diagonal) LCD touch screen.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio2 with three trial months
Enjoy a wide variety of commercial-free music channels, sports, news and
talk, comedy, family programming and more from coast-to-coast. Standard
XM NavTraffic3 standard for three months Standard
Bluetooth®4 wireless technology for select phones
Offers hands-free calling capability. Standard
Cruise control Standard
USB port5 Standard
Six speaker system Standard
Bose® Premium Energy Efficient Speaker System.
Seven speakers including a sub-woofer. Available
Color Touch Radio.
AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 playback Standard
Audio System with Navigation and DVD and MP3 playback
Includes voice recognition, Radio Data System (RDS) and timeshift function.
30GB of audio data storage. Available
Air conditioning. Standard
Dual-stage frontal, side-impact and driver's knee air bags, plus roof-rail
side-impact bags for front and rear outboard seating positions. Includes
Passenger Sensing System. Standard
Premium Cloth seating Standard
Driver and front passenger with selectable automatic activation. Available
Leather-appointed seat trim
Perforated leather-appointed seating with color-keyed textile accents.
Premium with layered graphics. Available
Passive unlock and lock on all doors including liftgate Standard
Power door locks and windows Standard
OnStar®3 with three years of service with Directions & Connections® Plan
including Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
The unmatched lifesaving technology of OnStar to help keep you safe.
Remote vehicle starter system. Standard
Driver-activated horn chirp using turn signal lever button. Standard
Programmable time-of-day charging with indicator light. Standard
110-volt charge cord Standard
Rear Camera and Park Assist Package
Includes rear vision camera system and front/rear parking assist.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel Available
Ultrasonic parking assist
Front and rear Available
Tire inflator kit Standard
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Chevy Volt Unplugged..... My test drive in NYC
The Chevrolet Volt is a electric extended range vehicle being produced by
the Chevrolet division of General Motors and will be launched in November
2010 as a 2011 model. Its propulsion system is based on GM's new Voltec
(formerly known as E-Flex) electric automobile platform, which differs
significantly from GM's earlier BAS Hybrid and Two-Mode Hybrid systems. The
Volt is capable of traveling between 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) solely
powered by the electrical energy stored in its on-board battery pack.
The car's 16 kW·h (10.4 kW·h usable) lithium-ion battery battery pack can
be fully charged by plugging the car into a 120-240VAC residential
electrical outlet using the provided SAE J1772-compliant charging
cord. No external charging station is required.
With fully charged batteries and under normal driving and climate
conditions, the Volt has an expected all-electric range of 40 miles (64
km), a distance longer than the daily commute for 75% of Americans,
whose average commute trip is 33 miles (53 km). After the battery is
depleted, a small 4-cylinder internal combustion engine using premium
gasoline creates electricity on-board using a 55 kW (74 hp) generator to
extend the Volt's range up to an additional 310 miles (499 km). The
electrical power from the generator is sent primarily to the electric
motor, with the excess going to the batteries, depending on the state of
charge (SoC) of the battery pack and the power demanded at the wheels. The
distribution is controlled by the electronic control unit (ECU) of the
vehicle. At speeds between 30 to 70 miles per hour (48 to 110 km/h)
and if the battery is depleted, the internal combustion engine may engage
(via a clutch) to assist the traction motor to drive the output, improving
performance and Boosting high-speed
efficiency by 10 to 15 percent.
The Volt's retail price will start at US$41,000 (including destination
charges) before any factory incentives, tax deductions, or other subsidies.
The Volt is currently eligible for a US$7,500 U.S. federal tax credit and
other benefits available in some locations. The Volt will also be available
through a lease program with a monthly payment of US$350 for 36 months,
with US$2,500 due at lease signing, and with an option to buy at the end of
the lease. The Volt will be initially sold in seven regions:
California, Washington DC, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and
Austin, Texas. Nationwide availability in the U.S. and Canada is scheduled
to begin in one year to 18 months after the initial launch.
Tour Of My Chevy Volt
Check out my long range review here:
A brief tour of my new Chevy Volt. Shot and edited on an iPhone 4.
Chevy Volt Review
Commuters may be able to drive using only battery power with General
Motor's Chevrolet Volt, due to reach showrooms by the end of 2010. For
longer trips, a small gasoline engine kicks in when the cars lithium-ion
pack is not enough. Paul Eisenstein reports on the importance of this new
vehicle and explains the cost issues that come with purchasing a hybrid.
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which they prefer to call an EV with a range extender. We talk
infotainment, drivetrain, batteries, charging, hop in the trunk and take it
on the road.
The Chevrolet Volt may be the most maligned and least understood car on the
market. After a week of strange questions and bipolar reactions to GM's
plug-in hybrid, I came to a conclusion. GM's marketing of the Volt stinks.
By calling the Volt an "Electric Vehicle (EV) with a range extender," a
huge segment of the population can't get past "Electric" and immediately
cross the Volt off their list. There is also [strangely] a segment of the
population that says, "that's great but I want a hybrid." Guess what? The
Volt is a hybrid.
Before we dive into the Volt, it's important to know how hybrid systems
work. GM's Belt-Alternator-Starter, Mercedes' S400 Hybrid and Honda's IMA
hybrids are all systems where the engine is always connected and even if
the car is capable of "EV" mode, the engine is spinning. Porsche, VW,
Infiniti and others use a pancake motor and clutch setup to disconnect the
engine from the motor and transmission allowing a "pure EV" mode. Honda's
new Accord has a 2-mode setup where the motor drives the wheels via a fixed
ratio gearset, the engine drives a motor and above 45MPH a clutch engages,
linking the engine and motor together at a ratio of roughly 1:1. Ford,
Toyota and the Volt use a planetary gearset "power splitting" device. Yes,
the Volt uses a hybrid system that although not identical, is thematically
similar to Ford & Toyota's hybrid system.
Say what? I thought GM said it was a serial hybrid? Yes, GM did at some
point say that and I think that has caused more confusion than anything
else about the Volt. The bankrupt Fisker Karma is only a serial hybrid. The
engine drives a generator, the generator powers the battery and the motor
to move the car forward. At no point can the engine provide any motive
power to the wheels except via the electrical connection.
The Volt's innovation is that it can operate like a Fisker Karma or like a
Prius. It is therefore both a serial and a parallel hybrid. To do this, GM
alters the power split device power flow VS the Ford/Toyota design. Then
they add a clutch allowing the gasoline engine to be mechanically isolated
from the wheels. And finally they add software with a whole new take on a
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Volt battery pack, Chevy Volt Lithium Ion batteries, 40 mile range,
The Chevy Volt Lithium Ion battery pack provides a range of 40 miles after
which a gasoline
powered generator begins charging the batteries. This video taking exerpts
from Chevy videos
and Engineering TV interviews provides info on the batteries and videos of
the first battery
pack rolling off the assembly line and first battery pack installed in a
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but it all has to do with whether or not the Volt is truly an electric car,
or whether it's a hybrid. But let's set their powertrains aside for the
moment. John McElroy just got a chance to test drive both cars, back to
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Chevy Volt - 9 Months and 9000 miles with this amazing GM hybrid electric car [Review]
http://www.redferret.net/?p=34759 .The Chevy Volt is charging ahead in the
electrifying battle to become the #1 plug in hybrid. OK, so how cheesy an
opening is that, but the reality is that for the first time since the horse
drawn carriage, gasoline is slowly becoming more of an optional part of the
personal transportation equation. At least that's the way it seems right
now...gas powered skateboards may change the balance once again if they get
popular. But I digress.
The Volt isn't the first electric car, nor is it the sportiest (hello
Fisker Karma), or the one with furthest range (nice to meet you Tesla Model
S), the cheapest, the largest, the shiniest, and it can't make balloon
However...it is definitely a landmark vehicle.
The Chevy Volt is simply the most practical plug in hybrid ever created,
and I am not surprised that it won the European Car of the Year at the
Geneva Motor Show this summer
combines a 35-40 mile electric range with a surprisingly agile internal
combustion engine (aka "gas engine"). Of course, electric driving range is
just one feature, even a golf cart can stagger a few miles on an electric
The Volt however manages to combine plug-in technology and practicality in
a fun-to-drive package, and the result is a vehicle which achieves a
phenomenal gas mileage while at the same time offering conventional sedan
style comfort and style. And what other car comes with not just one, but
two smartphone apps to keep you informed and in touch with your vehicle?
Most importantly, you don't need to worry about running out of battery
charge half way to your destination, as with other electric vehicles.
We definitely haven't seen the last of this kind of imaginative and
innovative technology. Check out my video review below which bursts quite a
number of myth balloons about this brave engineering gamble from General
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