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(from General Motors
Press Release) Chevrolet Volt Leads General Motors Into Its
DETROIT - General Motors launched its next 100 years today by
unveiling the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet
Volt - a vehicle that delivers up to 40 miles of gasoline- and
emissions-free electric driving, with the extended-range capability
of hundreds of additional miles.
"Revealing the production version of the Chevy Volt is a great way
to open our second century," said Rick Wagoner, GM Chairman and CEO.
"The Volt is symbolic of GM's strong commitment to the future ...
just the kind of technology innovation that our industry needs to
respond to today's and tomorrow's energy and environmental
Form follows function
The design of the
Chevrolet Volt production car has evolved from the original concept
that was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show
Because aerodynamics plays a key role in maximizing driving range,
GM designers created an aerodynamically efficient design for the
production vehicle. Many of the design cues from the concept vehicle
endure in the production Volt, including the closed front grille,
athletic stance, rear design graphics, outside rearview mirrors and
more. The Volt's rounded and flush front fascia, tapered corners and
grille are functional, enabling air to move easily around the car.
In the rear, sharp edges and a carefully designed spoiler allow the
air to flow off and away quickly. An aggressive rake on the
windshield and back glass help reduce turbulence and drag.
Working closely with GM aerodynamicists to shape the Volt, design
and engineering teams developed one of the most aerodynamic vehicles
in GM's history. They spent hundreds of hours with the Volt in GM's
wind tunnel, testing and re-testing parts such as the front and rear
quarter panels, rear spoiler, rockers and side mirrors. Aerodynamic
improvements enabled GM to reach the Volt's target of driving up to
40 miles (based on EPA city cycle) without using gasoline or
Inside, the Volt offers the space, comfort, convenience and safety
features that customers expect in a four-passenger sedan, and it
delivers them in a variety of interior color, lighting and trim
options unlike any offered before on a Chevrolet sedan. Modern
controls and attractive materials, two informational displays, and a
touch-sensitive infotainment center with integrated shifter
distinguish the Volt's interior from other vehicles in the market.
Some of Volt's interior technological features include:
Driver-configurable, liquid crystal instrument display
-- Standard seven-inch touch screen vehicle information display
-- Touch screen-style climate and infotainment controls
-- Optional navigation system with onboard hard drive for maps
and music storage
-- Standard Bluetooth for cellular phone and USB/Bluetooth for
New era in automotive
The Chevrolet Volt is
leading a new era of electrification of the automobile by creating a
new class of vehicle known as the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle,
The Volt uses electricity to move the wheels at all times and
speeds. For trips up to 40 miles, the Volt is powered only by
electricity stored in its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery. When the
battery's energy is depleted, a gasoline/E85-powered engine
generator seamlessly provides electricity to power the Volt's
electric drive unit while simultaneously sustaining the charge of
the battery. This mode of operation extends the range of the Volt
for several hundred additional miles, until the vehicle's battery
can be charged. Unlike a conventional battery-electric vehicle, the
Volt eliminates "range anxiety," giving the confidence and peace of
mind that the driver will not be stranded by a depleted battery.
The Chevrolet Volt can be plugged either into a standard household
120v outlet or use 240v for charging. The vehicle's intelligent
charging technology enables the Volt's battery to be charged in less
than three hours on a 240v outlet or about eight hours on a 120v
outlet. Charge times are reduced if the battery has not been fully
depleted. At a cost of about 80 cents per day (10 cents per kWh) for
a full charge that will deliver up to 40 miles of electric driving,
GM estimates that the Volt will be less expensive to recharge than
purchasing a cup of your favorite coffee. Charging the Volt about
once daily will consume less electric energy annually than the
average home's refrigerator and freezer units.
Charge out of driving
The Chevrolet Volt
offers spirited driving performance in a remarkably quiet interior.
More than 220 lithium-ion cells contained within the Volt's battery
pack provide ample power. The Volt's electric drive unit delivers
the equivalent of 150 horsepower, 273 lb-ft. (370 Nm) of instant
torque, and a top speed of 100 miles per hour. The lack of engine
noise, combined with special sound-deadening materials, make the
Chevrolet Volt an extremely quiet vehicle to drive.
GM estimates that the Volt will cost about two cents per mile to
drive while under battery power compared to 12 cents per mile using
gasoline priced at $3.60 per gallon. For an average driver who
drives 40 miles per day (or 15,000 miles per year), this amounts to
a cost savings of $1,500 annually. Using peak electric rates, GM
estimates that an electrically driven mile in a Chevy Volt will be
about one-sixth of the cost of a conventional gasoline-powered
vehicle. The cost savings are even greater when charging during
off-peak hours, when electric rates are cheaper.
The Chevrolet Volt is expected to be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck
manufacturing facility, subject to GM successfully negotiating
satisfactory government incentives. Production is scheduled to begin
late 2010 for models in the United States. Pricing has not been
announced. Visit media.gm.com/volt for more information.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has
been the annual global industry sales leader for 77 years. Founded
in 1908, GM today employs about 266,000 people around the world.
With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and
trucks in 35 countries. In 2007, nearly 9.37 million GM cars and
trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick,
Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac,
Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the
industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information
services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.