After years of anticipation and hype, Chevrolet has announced final specifications for the 2011 Volt.
On the styling front, the car features a streamlined appearance with a flush front fascia, an aggressively raked windshield, and lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels. According to GM, the aerodynamic design gives the Volt an additional 8 miles (13 km) of electric range and 50 miles (80 km) of extended range.
Inside, the cabin has a customizable digital instrument cluster, a 7-inch touchscreen display, GPS navigation, XM satellite radio, and a Bose audio system. Other goodies include individual rear seats, silver trim, and ambient lighting. Cloth upholstery is standard, but the optional Premium Trim Package comes with leather.
Motivation is provided by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor which produces 111 kW (149 hp / 151 PS) and 273 lb-ft (368 Nm) of torque. This enables the Volt to accelerate from 0-60 mph in "less than nine seconds" and hit a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h).
More importantly, the Volt can travel 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) on electricity alone. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter petrol engine acts as a generator to extend the range up to 310 miles (499 km).
To get the most out of the Volt, owners will have to keep the battery charged. Thankfully, this is a simple process that can be done via a 120V household outlet or a 240V charging station. With the 120V outlet, recharging takes approximately 10 to 12 hours. If you pony up nearly $2,000 ($490 for the charger and $1,475 for installation) the 240V system reduces recharging times to four hours. While this is pretty typical for an EV, the Volt can be programmed to charge at a certain time - like late at night when electric rates are cheaper. On top of this, owners can manage and monitor their Volt remotely via a smart phone app or MyVolt.com.
Priced at $41,000 ($33,500 after a $7,500 tax credit), the first Volts will be delivered to customers later this year.
Check out the press release for additional information