Top 12 cars of 2012 Chevrolet Volt Autocar

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Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

Top 12 cars of 2012: Chevrolet

21 December 2012

There was no preparation for a year driving the Volt than spending a in a Nissan Leaf. The biggest of the Leaf was its restricted range and recharging time. Unlike the which relies entirely on its pack, the electrically driven has the advantage of a back-up, petrol-powered

At a stroke, the Volt overcomes the of ‘range anxiety’ and has a potential range of 270 miles per (small) of fuel.

Although the battery pack is and less powerful than the the Volt should (unless it is the of winter) deliver a 35-mile from the battery pack, for a daily round-trip commute. And it you to take the Volt further it will run happily just on the engine/generator, which is why it is the first viable car driven primarily by


Based on a heavily modified and version of the GM Delta platform is also used under the the Volt has a five-and-a-half-foot, 198kg, battery that runs the centre tunnel and under the seats. Up front, it has a transversely 1.4-litre petrol engine, for 85bhp, driving a 72bhp which can supply an electrical straight to the electric motor drives the front wheels.

In terms of down-the-road performance, really matters is the output of the motor. This delivers and a very healthy 273lb ft of from the moment it starts The electric motor’s combination of smoothness and fat torque curve is by the single-ratio transmission.

You can’t get gearchanges than no changes.

Like the Leaf before it, the effortless pace and drivetrain in battery mode would a serious luxury car, the Volt doesn’t quite the exceptional urban ride and that marks out the Leaf. And the Volt is in generator mode, the of the cabin is sometimes intruded by the engine. Compared with a diesel, however, the Volt is executive-car silent.

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

And this is one of the things about a car that is engineered for its environmental performance: its luxury. The Volt is an exceptionally place to spend long The driving position is first The ride is good in town and good elsewhere.

The boot is big and the fold-flat rear make for a substantial load

This is not a car to fling around, but the tuning makes it feel taut and controlled, with accurate steering and great stability. Overall, the Volt has a clipped, controlled balance and it is happy at higher motorway – unlike the Leaf.

It was developed GM was bankrupt, so it is a minor miracle the Volt even exists. But by everyday electric commuting an otherwise unlimited fossil-fuel the Volt is the most viable EV in the 110 years that the concept has around. Of course, we still no real answer to the cost and of electric cars and their packs.

The Volt’s fossil fuel is still poor compared similarly priced production and diesels and it is very expensive seen solely as a zero-emissions car.

But the Chevrolet Volt is one of the original, thoughtful and innovative cars that we’ve for decades, not just over the 12 months.

Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars
Chevrolet Volt Electric Cars

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