Car Review 2014 Chevrolet Volt

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Car Review: 2014 Chevrolet Volt

by on October 7, 2013


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There was a time when a car’s innards were much simpler. When something broke, it could be repaired with chewing gum and bailing wire.

Today, most drivers are bamboozled by the Chevy Volt s design. Yes, it is a plug-in hybrid that utilizes both gasoline and electric power, but what does that mean?

The Volt is an extended-range vehicle. For about 38 miles, it operates as a pure electric car. drawing sustenance from an electric motor fed by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Battery charging time ranges from 4 to 16 hours depending on charger voltage.

After the battery is drained by 70 percent, the Volt activates a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that, in place of the battery, powers the generator. In truly stressful situations a mountain pass, for instance the engine can directly power the front transaxle.

In all-electric mode, the Volt achieves 93 MPGe as estimated by the EPA. When the motor is chirring, the sedan nets 35/40 city/highway mpg. Either way, the Volt utilizes regenerative braking, which captures the energy from braking and uses it to recharge the battery.

Why choose the Volt over a conventional hybrid or a plug-in electric vehicle? For starters, the Volt has that elusive peace of mind that escapes many out-and-out electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf. Once the Leaf goes 75 miles, …! the party is over.

The Volt, however, has a total range of nearly 400 miles. Hybrids offer similar maximum range, but the Volt, like a game of Poker, invites people to play the odds. If a driver can crack a way to never drive more than 38 miles or so, he will have twice the fuel efficiency and therefore half the fuel costs of a conventional hybrid, plus extra range in a pinch.

Jeffrey Kaffee knew how to play the odds. As the first Volt owner in the world, Kaffee managed to drive his Volt 12,000 miles on a mere 26.1 gallons of gasoline. You do the math.

Quick tangent: When the Volt first debuted, it was a concept car at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, and it looked like a delicious entree of Camaro served with Malibu on the side. Then General Motor s MBA s wiggled their hands in it and made it more conventional. For 2014, the Volt s curious appearance, though not unattractive, has not been remedied.

Anyways, when the Volt came out, tree-huggers and bird-watchers and garden-lovers and rose-sniffers everywhere oohed and ahhed. Unfortunately, the initial Volt cost just as much as a Mercedes C-Class. Most, including Mercedes, just guffawed, and only a few rich er, brave souls purchased the Volt.

This year, GM has dropped the starting price and has made attractive lease offers to lure in more everyday buyers.

Despite the drop in prices, the Volt gets more features than ever before. The Volt gains a few colors, new options, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Volt s stylish interior is the exact opposite of its eccentric exterior. MyLink helps direct Bluetooth connectivity, entertainment, voice controls, OnStar telematics, smartphone integration, satellite radio, etc.

Optional features, which are mostly arranged in packages, range from a Bose audio system to a rearview camera to leather upholstery to a forward collision mitigation system. Equipped any which way, the Volt is as comfortable if a bit more cozy as a regular sedan.

The interior of the Volt is high-tech, yet simplified. Its instrument cluster, technically speaking, does not physically exist. Chevy swapped out the conventional gauges for a swanky pair of customizable LCD display screens. And that is only the beginning. Gone is the manual transmission and the ignition key.

Even the throttle and steering wheel and brakes have been tampered with all, ostensibly, in the name of efficiency.

The Volt rides the road of the future. It is complicated and a little weird-looking, but it also promises unparalleled versatility and efficiency.

Details :

149-horsepower electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine

Direct-drive transmission

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