Many celebrities get a kick out of being among the first to drive and own a hybrid. Proud owners of the Chevrolet Volt hybrid include famous writer Stephen King and NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon. King purchased the Volt last April to give to his wife Tabitha King for her birthday.
In an interview with Sarasota Herald-Tribune, King said that he likes driving it so much that he wishes he bought one for himself too. King said that every time he drives it, it would seem like he has been given a “license to steal” and is similar to telling the oil cartel, “Here, stick this in your eye.”
King and Gordon bought black Volts while TV show host Jay Leno chose the Cyber Gray Metallic version. Leno pre-ordered the vehicle and he received it just before Christmas. The GM Volt Web site revealed that his VIN is 12. In an interview with the LA Daily News, Leno said that he likes this “great car,” because of its environmental technology as well as the fact that it’s American.
He also likes that the driver can choose whether he wants to use electric power or gasoline. Alyssa Milano bought an electric Nissan Leaf for herself while she ordered a Chevrolet Volt for her husband David Bugliari.
Another Volt owner is environmental activist and Baywatch actress Alexandra Paul who actually boasts that she has been the owner of least four electric or hybrid vehicles before she bought the Volt.
By having a smooth and strong stance focused on performance, the Chevrolet Volt is not only sharing what its electrically driven capabilities are but it also boasts of how a midsize upscale sedan should look. Partnering with aerodynamicists and working at GM’s very own wind tunnel, both the design team and engineering team came up with a shape for the Volt on what could be the most aerodynamic model in the brand’s history.
Since the shape allows for less energy used when overcoming air resistance, it allows for 8 miles of range running solely on electricity with an extended range of 50 miles. The appearance is helped by the fact that the wheelbase measures 2,685 mm (105.7 in.) with both tracks wider as the front is now 1,556 mm (61.2 in.) and the rear measures 1,578 mm (62.1).
Enhancing the look further are the premium execution, sculpted belt line, and wheels-out stance. Director of Design Bob Boniface revealed that with the Volt being a revolutionary car, the company wanted the design to make a statement and thus needed it to be dynamic and sleek. Looking at the vehicle itself, he added, one can see how refined and technical the execution was. In addition, there are a number of interrelating surfaces that allow for crisp and clean creased and edges, Boniface continued.
Without a doubt, everything on the exterior and interior, including the flush and gap element-to-element relationship, is unlike anything seen for this segment. Even the underhood compartment was not spared. Each part come with a high level of standard when it comes to appearance and this is balanced with how the rest of the model makes use of the same colors and grained surfaces.
At the back, the combination of the sharp edges and the spoiler allows for air flow to be controlled. It has an aggressive rake not only on the back glass but windshield as well, allowing drag and turbulence to be lowered. The front section lowers also lowers drag as the air is able to easily move on the grille, narrow corners, and the flush and rounded front fascia.
The Chevrolet logo and one of the Volt insignias have been placed on the unique rear liftgate which is in gloss black. Six colors will be offered for the exterior with five of them being Black Metallic, Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat, Cyber Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, and White Diamond Tricoat. The sixth is called as Viridian Joule Tricoat, which was the winning name is a 2009 national contest.