So what about this Chevy Volt?
The Chevy Volt is a newly designed plugged-in hybrid vehicle manufactured by GM that is quickly approaching its inception date of November 2011. With fall just around the corner, car enthusiasts are well… ecstatic!
The Chevy Volt’s propulsion system is based on GM’s new Voltec electric mobile platform. GM calls the Volt an “extended-range electric vehicle” (or E-REV.)
It differs vastly from previous GM hybrid vehicles in that it operates entirely as an electric car for its first 40 miles after a full charge. It burns no gasoline during those miles, drawing energy from a 400-pound lithium ion battery pack containing 16 kilowatt-hours (kWh). Current from that pack powers a 150-hp electric motor that drives the Volt’s front wheels. But a 40-mile range isn’t enough to make a car practical, so the Volt also carries a 1.4-liter flex-fuel engine. Crucially, that engine doesn’t drive the wheels—it only kicks in to power a generator that sustains the battery charge enough to give the car another 300 miles of range. And that only happens once the battery is exhausted. (http://www.plugincars.com/chevrolet-volt/review)
Just recently Gm announced that the lithium ion battery pack will come with an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty!
The Volt, on top of being a technically advanced hybrid car, is also packed tight with many features and is one heck of a stylish looking ride!