2011 Chevrolet Volt Officially Unveiled

September 21, 2008 by  

Early this week, General Motors has released the official details and images of the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet Volt in conjunction with GM’s 100th anniversary. The Volt is expected to be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing facility and the production is scheduled to begin late 2010 for models in the US.

The Chevrolet Volt production car is based on the concept version that was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where many of the designs such as the closed front grill, athletic stance, rear design graphics, outside rear view mirrors are incorporated to the production version. The Chevrolet Volt is measured at 4,404 mm long, 1798 mm wide and 1430 mm tall with the wheelbase of 2,685 mm.

Inside, the 2011 Chevrolet volt features driver-configurable, LCD instrument display, standard 7-inch touch screen vehicle information display, touch screen-style cilate and infotainment controls, optional navigation system with onboard hard drive for maps and music storage and standard Bluetooth for cellular phone and USB/Bluetooth for music streaming.

The volt is powered only by electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery which could last up to 40 miles where the electricity is used to move all the wheels at all times and speeds. The gasoline/E85 engine only cuts in to provide electricity to power the electric drive and also to charge the battery when the battery’s energy is depleted. Until the battery is fully charged, this mode of operation could extend the range of the Volt for additional several hundred miles. GM describes this type of hybrid technology as the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV).

To Volt can be charged either into a standard household 120 V or 240 Volt outlet where with its intelligent charging technology, the battery can be charged less than 3 hours on a 240 volt outlet or 8 hours on a 120 volt outlet and the charge times are reduced if the battery has not fully depleted. According to GM, to fully charge the car based on the American electricity tariff, the cost will be about only 80 cents per day (10 cents per kWh) that could deliver up to 40 miles of electric driving. By charging the Chevrolet Volt, the consumption of the electricity energy is still less than the average home’s refrigerator and freezer units.

The Volt’s 220 lithium-ion cells could deliver 150 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque with the top speed of 100 mph. At $3.60 per gallon of gasoline, the Volt will cost only 2 cents per mile to drive under battery compared to 12 cents per mile when using gasoline. GM estimates that an electrically driven mile in a Chevy Volt will be about one-sixth of the cost of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.


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