Two Chevrolet Volts Go To Work In Shanghai, China
SHANGHAI, CHINA - General Motors has recently delivered two fully functional 2011 Chevrolet Volts to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The two Chevrolet Volts will be used as VIP transportation to shuttle guests at Shanghai's Expo Park. General Motors has also indicated that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will go on sale in China next year as it is one of the targeted sales markets for the car.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a landmark vehicle for GM as it represents advanced electric drive technology and is the first high volume utilization of a gasoline engine acting as a generator for range extended driving. The Chevrolet Volt can drive the first 60 kms (37.3 milesa) of a journey by using the power supplied from its fully charged 16-kWh battery. Once the battery is depleted, the Volt can drive a further 450 kms (279.6 miles) on a full tank of fuel as its engine acts as a generator to supply power to the electric motor and to charge the battery.
In the first 60 kms (37.3 miles) under battery power the Chevrolet Volt produces zero emissions, and it is thought many medium distance commuters will be able to make return journeys to their homes using just the battery power derived from plugging the car in each night. GM says, the Volt has the capability of being remotely adjusted using a smartphone connecting to its OnStar communication system. Using OnStar, the Volt's charging, its starting, door locking system, and other features can be accessed by smartphone.