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It's just one of the many good things Motor Trend magazine had to say about the all-new Chevrolet Volt as it named the car the "2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year®." The annual award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed in the auto industry and further proof that it's a new day for Chevrolet, not to mention the entire auto industry. Powered by electricity without being tethered to electrical outlets, the Volt does everything a great car does and, according to Motor Trend, better than any other. It's further proof that today, tomorrow and on into the future, Chevy Runs Deep.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Powered by electricity without being tethered to electrical outlets. It drives gas- and emissions-free for most commutes. But if life takes you a little further, as it tends to do sometimes, the gas-powered onboard generator can take you wherever you need to go, giving you up to 375 miles of total range. So you can just sit back and drive. Isn't that what cars are for?
The Volt battery has gone through numerous environment-specific tests, including corrosion and hot- and cold-weather testing and the results were so promising that the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is backed by an 100,000 mile/8-year warranty.
Here are a few more notes on the battery:
-Just plug it in to charge the battery, and most people can commute gas- and tailpipe emissions-free for about $1.50 per day.
-A small, quiet on-board gas generator creates electricity that powers your Volt as you drive for up to 375 miles on battery and gas power
-Lithium-ion cells outperform nickel metal hydride cells (found in today's hybrids) in terms of life cycle
-A liquid thermal cooling and heating system keeps the battery at a comfortable temperature as it's being charged and discharged
Here are a few more advantages:
-Commute gas-free on electric for an average of $1.50 a day(6)
-Can be set to charge during off-peak hours for greater savings
-Your Volt will be fully charged in about 10 hours, depending on climate, with standard 120-volt line, or as little as 4 hours using a dedicated 240-volt line
Volt has two LCD screens that display speed, battery power, range to recharge or re-fill as well as an efficiency gauge that gives you real-time feedback. On the center console you'll find a seven-inch diagonal high-resolution screen with touch-sensitive control that helps you get the most out of your Volt. Some features include:
-Real-time information on energy usage and powerflow, and it even displays efficiency tips
-Screens allow to program the charging schedule based on electricity rate plans
-Standard navigation with voice recognition, infotainment and a climate control system
Included with the standard GPS navigation radio, XM NavTraffic, with three month trial, shows live traffic updates when it's needed most - while you're driving. It can alert you to construction and accidents to help keep you on time and maximize your electric, gas-free driving.
Bose® Energy Efficient Sound System
Thanks to advanced switching technology, High Motor Force speakers and proprietary control circuitry, the Bose® Sound System in Volt is 30% smaller, 40% lighter, uses 50% less energy than comparable premium models and still delivers 100% Bose sound.
Audio Hard Drive
Every Chevrolet Volt will come standard with 30GB of audio data storage for digital music files. It also allows you to use the DVR-like timeshift functionality. This "Pause and Play" feature lets you stop a live radio broadcast and record up to 20 minutes that can be played at a later time.
Standard Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones lets you make, answer and end calls without ever taking your hands off the wheel.
To further customize your music while you drive, plug your MP3 player, or even a music-loaded flash drive, directly into the standard USB port. Then it's easy to manage your playlists through the vehicle's audio controls. It even charges your player for you.
Remote Keyless Starter
Remote Keyless Entry is standard on every Volt. It offers remote start, door lock/unlock and charge port door control.
Starting this fall, anywhere you get a signal on your smartphone, you can have total control of your Volt. Tap away and, with the OnStar MyLink™, you'll be able to check the battery charge level, available range, tire pressure, remote lock and unlock and even activate the remote start to heat or cool the interior to your preferred temperature. Navigate the interactive screens of the app, and you can change how and when you want your Volt to charge. You can even set up Alerts via text or email to remind you to plug in your Volt, when charging is complete or if charging has been interrupted. The app also provides a single button to access a Volt Customer Advisor who can answer vehicle specific questions.
By its very nature, the all-new Volt is engineered to change the face of transportation as we know it. Nearly every component of the Volt has been selected to get the most out of every charge, including:
-Aerodynamics that maximize the distance per charge and miles per gallon of fuel
-A closed grille and aerodynamic back edges contribute to its fuel efficiency
-Energy-efficient Bose® Sound System
-Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires
Charging the Volt is as easy as plugging it into any standard 120V household outlet, and in about ten hours, depending on the climate, you'll have a full charged Volt, waiting for you, ready to go. For even faster charging, you could have a 240V charging station permanently installed in your garage. It would require a dedicated electrical circuit, similar to what is used for your clothes dryer, and it cuts charging time to about four hours! If you choose to join the automotive revolution and become a Volt owner, a Customer Advisor will be there to assist you every step of the way. Chevrolet and SPX Service Solutions have begun a partnership in order to provide optional 240V home and business charging stations in the Volt select launch markets.
Once your order has been accepted for production, an advisor will put you in touch with SPX Service Solutions. Their support team will assist you in finding the charging option that fits your needs, including having a Volt-dedicated 240V line installed at your home. To help offset the costs of installing a Volt charging station in your home, many Volt buyers will be eligible for tax credits and/or one of the several special government programs. Click here to learn more about available tax credits.
Volt offers the performance and forward-thinking you've come to expect from Chevrolet. Take a look:
-Instant, smooth and seamless torque right at the wheels.
-Regenerative braking captures the energy from forward motion that would otherwise be lost when the car slows or stops and then converts it into electricity, helping to make the Volt even more efficient to drive.
-When running on electricity, the Volt can reach a top speed of 100 mph in near silence. Free of the typical noise of the internal combustion engine, the Volt offers a quieter, more relaxing ride at any speed.
Volt drivers and passengers will be wrapped in a cocoon of standard safety. With eight air bags ready to deploy in an emergency, it's obvious safety is of the highest priority. Joining this built-in safety is an unprecedented five-year subscription to OnStar's® Directions and Connections® Plan including Automatic Crash Response. In the event of a collision, built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar Advisor, who is immediately connected into your vehicle to see if you need help sent to your exact location — even if you can't respond.
Put simply, electricity is a cleaner source of power. And as technology improves in the generation of electricity, we will continue to see reduced carbon outputs. Advancements in electricity production along with reduction in emissions from electric-powered driving could help make our world a cleaner place.
-Mostly produced domestically and is an inexpensive source of power
-Cleaner to use than gasoline
-Utilities have the capacity to power millions of Volt vehicles without overtaxing the infrastructure
-Electricity is produced by many different sources including renewable wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower.
-We're working with utility companies to make sure that everyone has inexpensive and reliable access to charging