President Obama Drives The Chevrolet Volt
HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN - In an impromptu move last week while touring General Motorâs Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, President Barack Obama took a short test drive of GMâs soon to be released 2011 Chevrolet Volt down the production line, a car which has a very advanced electric drive powertrain. President Obamaâs remarks as he stepped out of the Chevrolet Volt were, âPretty smoothâ in reference to the cars driving characteristics. The Chevrolet Volt is capable of driving the first 60 miles (96 kmâs) solely using power from its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack before it needs to revert to its extended range gasoline (petrol) engine that acts as a generator.
General Motors also announced at the time of the Presidentâs visit that they would be increasing Chevrolet Volt production by 50% for the 2012 model year from 30,000 units to 45,000 units annually at the Detroit-Hamtramck Plant, site of President Obama's recent visit. Last week, the launch market Chevrolet dealers in the United States began taking orders for the Chevrolet Volt with the release of the retail and lease prices for the car.
It is estimated that Chevrolet Volt owners who commute about 60 miles per day (96 km) or approximately 21000 miles per year have the ability to save around 550 gallons of fuel purchased per year or 2081 litres through driving the Volt on its recharging capability. The Volt can be recharged overnight and General Motors says the cost of the charge is about 80 cents per day.