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Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

‘s 2011 Volt car, due in at least a few customers’ in December, represents a staggering of engineering in order to be sure you notice all that sophistication.

for the gee-whiz instrument panel, you figure you were in a normal And that’s stunning, because combines an electric motor, a that itself sometimes as a motor and a small gasoline to create a drivetrain that no gasoline for 25 to 50 miles, then it.

Most impressive, though, is the Chevrolet Volt is a premium of a pleasant-looking, easy-driving small car one probably be satisfied to have as only vehicle (assuming you need a big car or roomy back

The General Motors engineers who the Volt are reading from the page in the reality manual: The should be able to behave and still get commendable fuel The car should do the work. If the driver to help by motoring so gently as to a trailing queue of aggravated, motorists, so be it.

But that’s not necessary to achieve low consumption.

If Volt, as well as ‘s Leaf and Mitsubishi’s electrics and other alt-power due soon are to become mainstream the way they’ll matter in the battle to cut use they have to let drivers be Volt does.

Strongest from the drives:

Styling. not ridiculous. Looks snazzier the Chevy Cruze, with it shares some underpinnings. You can get a Volt in colors other Boring Blue or Somber

Quirky interior door-panel are silly, though.

Dynamics. combined the best features of and conventional vehicles.

Instant of the electric motor made the car in traffic, less so at highway

Volt lacked the road and wind noise that some small cars. The was quiet, free of the whine and faint, unpleasant noises accompany some electric Smooth, too electrics inherently

Like a good conventional Volt steered nicely you can’t say the electric power had a lot of the beloved road feel). It corners with sufficient to satisfy drivers whose car isn’t a Miata or Corvette. It promptly (though brakes quite unnatural if you’re new to the regenerative braking used by and hybrid vehicles, because it recharge the batteries).

Controls. Mostly normal. quickly at home, confident the wheel.

It takes a few times to the car is on when you push the start no engine noise or tachometer as

You also can choose driving

Normal driving mode is as Sport gives you the same in the end, but delivers less on the go pedal. Mountain revs the gas harder to keep the batteries to let you cruise over passes strain.

You can keep the shifter in Low of Drive for more forceful braking. That charges the more aggressively. It also the car dramatically simply by letting off the

Sport/low was our favorite combo edgy, responsive.

Gauges. conventional, because they’re different things. How far you have on the battery before the gas engine kick on. How much gas you’re once it does. What combination of electric only, gas help translates into as a equivalent.

And the normal alt-power car ability to a screen depict the power among the components.

You can choose shown in other words, you can having to view the silly and sci-fi readouts.

Battery. A T-shape that fits the floor along the center and across under the back swiping room for a middle seat and making rear-seat a bit awkward.

The plug-in charge is easy to use. One comes the car for use with the common 120-volt Optional: a 240-volt set-up. It in about four hours, vs. than twice that on

The battery is heated, cooled to it at best operating temperature, so Chevy says, is little by extreme temperatures.

Range. Our drives in prototype and pre-production over the months suggest 35 to 40 miles on a charge before the gas kicks in and turns a generator to the car going.

About 350 miles, and gas combined.

There’s an undercurrent of about that, as if Volt’s impure. But so what? Most of the you drive on battery power Some of the time, you burn gas to the juice flowing. No place to in to recharge?

No problem. Fill the gas tank and on.

How, exactly, is that but genius?


What? Four-seat, front-wheel-drive compact hatchback powered by an electric motor. gasoline engine turns a to provide electricity when the battery pack runs

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

Under certain high-speed conditions, some torque the gas engine is routed to the transmission to drive the car, but even the electric motor is providing of the power.

That occasional use of gas to help power the wheels has an argument over whether is really an electric car or should be a new type of gas-electric hybrid. calls it an extended-range electric.

First few in customers’ hands in

Where? Built at General Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which builds GM’s Cadillac DTS and Lucerne big sedans. Lithium-ion packs assembled at GM plant in Township, Mich.

Why? Need an alternative-power to be taken seriously as an eco-conscientious Green image might not many pricey Volts, but sell more Chevrolets so-called halo effect.

And measures such as electric needed to meet federal rules that could be up to 62 per gallon by 2025.

How much? including shipping, but some will qualify for a federal tax up to $7,500 as well as state and clean-car incentives.

How powerful? drive motor rated 149 and 273 pounds-feet of torque. Gas engine to run a generator is 1.4-liter four-cylinder 84 hp.

How big? Compact, about the as Chevy Cruze conventional on which Volt is loosely Volt is 177.1 inches 70.4 in. wide, 56.3 in. on a 105.7-in. wheelbase.

Weighs lbs. Rated to carry 802 of people, cargo.

Cargo behind rear seats: cubic feet.

How thirsty? on how you measure.

Chevy says go 25 to 50 miles on battery-only with a charge. Our full-charge range: 35 to 37

The preproduction test vehicles’ computers typically showed 80 to 100 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (mpg-e, or 1 to 1.25 per 100 miles) in modest trips of 50 to 100 roughly long enough to run the batteries and rely on gas-generated

Chevy says Volt get in the high 30s if you never plugged it in to and simply let the onboard gas engine and supply the juice.

Automakers and regulators are hustling to come up an index that’ll let shoppers fuel use of a Volt and other machines with the familiar mpg

Overall. If the size suits, not to like, except the price?

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars


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