Finalists in Chevrolet Volt color contest announced

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

"EV-ergreen", "Viridian Joule" and "environMINT" these are the three colors that made three people happy that they could be the first person test-drive a pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle. Chevrolet selected "EV-ergreen" offered by Devin McQuarrie, 30, of San Jose, CA; "Viridian Joule" submitted by Dave Thomas, 40, of Sanford, FL; and "environMINT" entered by Matthew Valbuena, 30, of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

Chevrolet chose the three finalists based equally on originality, creativity and the ability to capture the innovation and spirit of the Volt.

The winner will be determined by voting the favorite name of the three at chevroletvoltage.com through 8 a.m. ET on Dec. 1. Of course, you must know that you can't add invalid votes, because these are limited to one per person, per internet protocol address during the voting period.

For those who don't know, the Chevrolet Volt is the upcoming EV from General Motors that can be driven up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions.

And has a total total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling or stopping to recharge the battery. The production of the Chevy Volt is expected to begin in late 2010. Pricing is yet to be announced!

The new Chevrolet Volt boasts of the Voltec propulsion system that makes use of a pure electric drive and a range-extending engine. With this combo, the Volt could travel up to 350 miles.

This excellent range is also made possible by a durable T-shaped, 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that measures 5.5 feet and 435 pounds (198.1 kg). Produced in Brownstown Township, Michigan, this battery pack sends energy to a 111-kW (149-hp) electric drive unit. This battery has enough capacity to allow the Volt to travel between 25 miles and 50 miles or pure electric driving. Of course, the Volt’s all-electric range depends on the terrain, temperature and driving techniques.

Designed to deliver quality, value, performance as well as durability, reliability and safety, this battery pack is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. Engineers at GM, since 2007, have already completed over a million miles and over four million hours of validation testing of these battery packs, including the nine modules and 288 prismatic cells of each pack. Moreover, GM’s development, validation and test teams were able to meet the specs and were able to validate the battery pack’s 161 components, 95 percent of which were designed and engineered by the carmaker.

Micky Bly, GM executive director for global electrical systems, remarked that its customers are committing to technology that could help reduce reliance on petroleum. This is why GM is committing to deliver the highest standards for safety, quality and value as well as performance and reliability to its customers.

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