The Chevrolet Volt Arrives Later This Year
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - At the Geneva Motor Show Press Day (March 3, 2010), the new Chevrolet Volt was on display, which promises to be a very successful car for the company. The Chevrolet Volt will launch in California and Michigan in the United States in late 2010 as a 2011 model. A European version of the Chevrolet Volt will see its first production release later in 2011. The Chevrolet Volt has an all-electric drive system that draws power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and additionally has a range extending gasoline (petrol) engine that acts as an onboard generator to provide power to the electric drive powertrain.
The Chevrolet Volt is a 5-door 4-seat car and its electric drive motor powers the car in a front-wheel drive arrangement. The Volt can cover the first 60 kms (37.28 miles) of a journey purely on its electric power and once the lithium-ion battery pack charge is depleted, the gasoline engine-generator starts and provides power to the electric motor. The gasoline engine extends the range of the car for a further 500 kms (310.7 miles), giving the car a total range of 600 kms (372.84 miles) off of a full tank of fuel and a full electric charge. If the driver wishes to go further than 600 kms, then it is just a matter of refueling the car at a gasoline (petrol) station to extend the journey. Chevrolet will be one of the first car manufacturers worldwide to offer this hybrid-electric technology in significant production volumes when the Volt is released later this year as a 2011 model.
Performance specifications of the Chevrolet Volt are very good with a zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) time of nine seconds and a top speed of 161 km/h (100.04 mph). Chevrolet says that when the Volt switches to range-extending gasoline power, the car produces just 40 g/km of CO2 emissions, and that over a 600 km (372.84 miles) journey, the Volt's combined electric/gasoline fuel consumption is just 1.6 L/100 km. The electric motor on the Chevrolet Volt produces a maximum output power of 111 kw (150 hp) and an incredible passing power torque of 370 Nm.
The Chevrolet Volt features plug-in technology that allows the owner to plug the car into a standard household outlet to charge the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack each night. Chevrolet says that for many drivers who commute less than 60 kms per day (37.28 miles/day), the Volt has the capacity to perform as an all-electric car producing zero emissions and consuming virtually no fuel.