Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2011 Volt electric vehicle with the extended range, and together with this introduced a new segment in the global automotive market. Set to go on sale at Chevrolet dealers before the end of 2010, the new Volt is not a hybrid, it is a “one-of-a-kind, all-electrically driven vehicle designed and engineered to operate in all climates”, according to GM.
It is powered by the so-called Voltec propulsion system which consists of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that provide pure electric range between 25 and 50 miles, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. Furthermore, the car uses a 1.4-liter gasoline-powered engine that can extend the range up to an impressive 310 miles on a full tank of fuel.
The Volt’s long-life battery consists of a 5.5-foot, 435-pound (198.1 kg) T-shaped, 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivers a total output of 11-kW (149-hp). The battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
In addition, the 1.4-liter gasoline engine delivers an extra 63 kW (84-hp). The Volt can sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 9.0 seconds thanks to the electric drive unit’s excellent low speed torque of 273 lb.-ft. (368 Nm), while the top speed achieved is 100 mph or 16- km/h.
The car can be recharged via any 120V conventional household electrical outlets, or through a dedicated 240V charging station. Using the conventional household, the car can be fully recharged in 10 to 12 hours, while using the 240V outlet, the time is reduced to just 4 hours. Some of the key technologies included by the 2011 Chevrolet Volt are: Touch-control switch system on the center console; High-resolution, seven-inch, full-color LCD reconfigurable Driver Information Center display; The display shows electric-only range, fuel economy, extended-range, trip information, tire pressure information and other key vehicle messages; High-resolution, seven-inch, full-color, center stack-mounted touch screen display that serves as the interface for infotainment and cabin climate controls; An Efficiency (Leaf) switch accesses energy usage, power flow and charging screens – all easy to use and understand; Charge modes are customizable according to need and electricity rates for efficient programming and lower costs; A key fob that allows drivers to remotely start the vehicle and precondition the cabin based on outside temperatures; An exclusive mobile app, powered by OnStar MyLink, that enables owners to engage with the Volt functions using a smart phone.