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THE CHEVROLET seems to have been for ages, but the reality for British is that the car has only just up on these shores.

With versions now available, albeit in numbers, it’s time to see or not the plug-in hybrid Volt is of the fuss that Chevrolet has making of it for the last couple of

Looking at it makes me think of the Back to the Future. Not because it anything like a DeLorean but despite its futuristic drivetrain and the Volt’s styling is reminiscent of the Look at the back end of an old Nissan 300 ZX and see what I mean.

The Volt is in the of plug-in electric cars, a range of 35-40 miles on power alone that has to be by plugging into a wall with high-current fast-charge available.

Other cars like it been announced since of the Volt first appeared, and days it isn’t as far ahead of the as it was once thought to be, but it’s one of the first cars out there to the ability to run entirely on electric with a range-extending petrol

It’s an arrangement that the hatchback-bodied car to maintain a surprisingly big and space for four adults in individual seats, and it’s things like that form the basis of its appeal.

But it apart from ‘normal’ is the array of active displays – one as of the instrument cluster and another the centre console, through the (optional) satellite navigation and interfaces work.

You can also display your in real time, which is With a glance at the screen few moments you can see how you’re doing in of saving energy. A big fat ‘250mpg+’ when you’ve been on electric power only, technically pointless, is absolutely

I only wish it said which would be equally and much more dramatic.

At the of the Volt, managing the wonderfully exchanges between the electric and the 1.4-litre petrol engine are selectable drive modes: Sport, Mountain and Hold. leaves the car making the decisions and the electric motor used exclusively until battery runs out.

Sport gives sharper response, Mountain keeps a reserve of electric power for the Volt to climb long, hills and Hold is a Europe-specific designed to use as little electric as possible to allow you to decide you want to use it – like scratching town, for example.

But the great about Hold mode is at low speeds, pulling away a standstill and so on it still uses the motor alone, boosting fuel economy massively.

It all remarkably neatly. The motor impressive torque for quick up to urban speeds, the petrol can barely be heard most of the it’s active, and the stylish diagrams make the Volt like a thoroughly modern

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

To be fair, sometimes the engine, is attached to a constantly-variable transmission revs strangely highly for a as if it needs to shift up a couple of It’s the only anomaly in a flawless drivetrain and is all the more for that.

A small 35-litre tank is all you get, to minimise the weight the car is carrying around on power. The Volt’s total of 300 miles or more is probably not for outright convenience for high-mileage but it’s plenty for most of us, and all the Volts that have ordered so far are going to private rather than business

They’d better be prepared for a quirky interior, because of it is swathed in a silvery-white plastic and the console doesn’t have buttons. Effectively it functions a giant touch screen and it some getting used to.

Marks against the car come in the of an overly firm, fidgety and ride at A- and B-road speeds and the that the boot isn’t enclosed. More sound-proofing the wheel arches would be a thing. That’s more or it, though.

The ancillary stalks and points are chunky and high-quality, the leather is soft and looks and that smooth, quiet and motor combination makes the a genuine pleasure to potter in.

It’s different to non-plug-in hybrids and it can be used more a normal car, and the ease which it allows and encourages motoring is superb. It’s not but overlook it at your peril.


Model: Volt, £29,995 on the road, £5,000 government grant.Engine: four-cylinder petrol engine 85bhp and electric motor 111kW.Transmission: Constantly-variable transmission driving the front wheels.Performance: Top 99mph, 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds.Fuel 235.4mpg.CO2 rating: 27g/km.


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