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Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

Chevrolet Volt (2013

Transmission:  CVT automatic

of test:  January 2013

is it?

Anything that is powered by is guaranteed to run out just when you it. It’s sod’s law. waiting on an important phone when you hear the unmistakable Same with electric

Take an unplanned detour a fully charged battery and in for a long wait at the roadside.


is a way, however, to have electric cake and eat it – and it’s in the of a ‘range extender’ such as the Volt, which starts at after a £5k government grant.

With a back-up petrol ready to kick in when the run dry, it promises a realistic step in the realms of electric car But, you might be thinking, the difference between this and a car such as a Toyota Prius. Let me

Where does it fit?

The difference between a range like the Chevrolet Volt and a like the Toyota Prius, is the Volt’s batteries always the front wheels. If the batteries run the 1.4-litre petrol engine in to charge the batteries and provide but the engine is more like a than the principal propulsion

The Volt is built on the same as the Vauxhall Ampera. Toyota has a car in the Plug-in Prius while such as the Nissan Leaf and the i-MiEV are pure electric and to city use.

What it do well?

The Volt starts the characteristic silence of an electric car and off just as serenely. If the lithium-ion are fully charged, the Volt travel up to 50 miles before the for the 86hp, 1.4-litre petrol to cut in to feed the electrical motor. In a way, this means it is working as an electric car.

And unlike a conventional hybrid, it for the government’s £5k green car grant.

You can charge the batteries by plugging the into the mains. A full takes four hours, is super-quick by electric car standards if you worried about the life of the you can rest easy with eight-year, 100,000 mile

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

Performance is sharp thanks to 273 of torque hitting the front the instant you touch the pedal. It the Volt sprints off the line as as a hot hatch, even if its 0-62mph of 9.0 seconds suggests a tamer However, at motorway speeds it mid-range muscle.

What doesn’t it do well?

The is a bit of a porker, with the batteries as much as two grown men alone. means it feels heavy and on the move, with steering more towards cruising nipping nimbly through traffic.

That heavy back is also placed through the middle of the car which there is seating for four and somewhat limits its appeal as a car. The rear quarters can feel cramped for tall because of a sloping roofline.

What’s it like to live

The Volt lives up to its futuristic with a white ‘i’-generation console that controls the sat-nav, heating and car’s eco However, the buttons that it require a precise touch to A single-dial type of controller have been preferable, down on a proliferation of buttons in the

Otherwise the cabin is extremely for four people, with and a steering wheel that to find your perfect position, but the boot at 300-litres is a bit on the side for a ‘hatchback’.

How green is it?

How 235mpg and 27g/km sound? maybe, and you will need to the most of the electric functionality to it, but it does mean the Volt cost Smarties to run. It qualifies for zero road tax and 5% car tax.

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars
Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars
Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

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