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2011 Chevrolet Volt
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The Latest Photo Of General Motors' 2011 Chevrolet Volt

WARREN, MICHIGAN - theirEarth has obtained this very recent photo of the production 2011 Chevrolet Volt (minus the alloy wheels and some exterior trim), photographed last week (April 28, 2009) at the General Motors Tech Centre in Warren, Michigan. The Chevrolet Volt promises to be a milestone car in automotive history when GM delivers it to showrooms for its expected release date of December 2010.

The new 5-passenger Chevrolet Volt will probably be the first worldwide production car to be sold in significant volumes to operate as an E-REV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle). General Motors says that the electric powered Volt will be able to cover as much as the first 40 miles (60 km) of a journey on just its battery power, and thus use no gasoline (petrol) on short return trips. GM says that Chevrolet Volt owners will be able to plug in and charge their car's battery pack off a standard household electrical outlet.

GM engineers are working extremely hard to drive efficiency and value into the 2011 Volt, and the impetus provided by the Auto Task Force in Washington, D.C. is helping General Motors re-focus on delivering a car that will eventually be capable of being sold in significant volumes. To do this GM is working on cost efficiency and weight reduction in all aspects of the final production design for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, bringing the retail sales price in line with high volume expectations.

What makes the Chevrolet Volt's powertrain unique is that it uses a 150 hp (110 kW) electric motor with 370 Nm of instantaneous torque that obtains its power from either an onboard battery pack, or from a 1.4 litre 4-cylinder gasoline engine powering a generator. The Volt's battery pack is "T"-shaped" and lithium-ion type. The battery pack is rated at 16 kWh and will be manufactured by LG Chem Compact Power of Troy, Michigan. 

After approximately 40 miles (60 km) of zero-emissions driving , the Volt's battery pack becomes depleted sufficiently and thereafter the newly designed GM 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo (Family 0) gasoline engine starts, acting as a generator that provides direct power to the Volt's electric motor. This revoltionary powertrain combination can propel the Chevrolet Volt to a top speed of 100.6 mph (161 km/h). General Motors says they will build the Volt's new gasoline Family-0 series 1.4 L engine in Flint, Michigan.

For the average American motorist who drives 40 miles (60 km) a day, General Motors estimates that the cost of driving the new Chevrolet Volt is just one sixth that of driving a similar gasoline (petrol) powered car per mile/km. Using GM's calculations, the new Chevy Volt therefore saves a 40 mile per day motorist approximately 502 U.S. gallons (1900 litres) of gas annually.

To show that General Motors has really started to push the envelope in automotive design, they have recently announced further engineering supplier partnerships for the Chevrolet Volt. GM says Goodyear Tire will be supplying the Volt with new Goodyear 'Assurance Fuel Max' tires that have reduce rolling resistance and save energy. Bose has also developed an energy efficient sound system for the Volt that is 30 percent smaller, 40 % lighter and 50% more energy efficient than Bose's conventional automotive sound systems.

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