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Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

Verdict

As efficient as a full-electric but with the practicality of a petrol-powered the Volt is a massive step Although it seems expensive, technology always is, and the savings at the should help make up for On top of that, it’s smooth, comfortable and easy to drive.

dismiss this Chevy as another hybrid – it’s the important model for years.

At electric cars are going The Chevrolet Volt promises to be the affordable, mass-production battery to go on sale. And Auto Express was the first to get behind the wheel of a model.

Being a plug-in hybrid, the avoids the normal pitfall of an car – limited range. When the are running low, a 1.4-litre kicks in. But it doesn’t drive the instead it charges the battery.


If a formula you’re familiar that’s because the mechanically Vauxhall Ampera will hit UK late next year.

The motor, coupled to the front draws power from 300 packaged inside a T-shaped box runs through the belly of the

The cells are water-cooled to prevent problems.

Incredibly, only the power produced is used for The rest is split between the brake servo and power-steering

The 0-62mph sprint takes 8.5 and top speed is 100mph – impressive when you consider the Volt’s kerbweight.

Turn the ignition and the starter button glows Push it, and the central display up in a similar way to a computer game – a bar chart on the left shows remaining range, and a green on the right indicates how economically you are

The first sign of life is you push the accelerator pedal, and the scurries off at a surprising rate. All of torque is available from of course, which means the control is called upon moving off the line in damp

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

On the move, it’s eerily with wind noise, roar and suspension clunks the sounds you can hear. Chevrolet the first US cars, due for delivery in will be even more The driving experience has clearly tuned for comfort rather speed. Whereas the Astra – which the Ampera and Volt parts – feels composed in the Volt suffers from roll.

However, it’s more at all other times.

If you do feel the to press on, though, a sport activated via a button on the dash, 20 per cent more power the batteries for swifter progress.

claims the Volt has an electric-only of around 40 miles – that’s a two to four-hour charge from a socket. Yet this relies on relatively warm ambient and a light right foot. But the range is less of a problem you’d think.

As soon as the run below 30 per cent charge, the petrol engine fires up and to a 1,600rpm idle, while it up the power as you continue to drive. On inclines, the motor can reach as as 4,000rpm to meet the battery Once charge hits 85 per or above, the engine turns off and you continue on your way.

When the Volt arrives in spring 2011, prices start at around £35,000. are clearly more entertaining to spend your money, but would be missing the point.

The daily distance covered by motorists is around 20 miles, to Chevrolet – so if you only ever use the for short trips, visits to the station forecourt will be a event.

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