2013 Chevrolet Volt Review – Video

As one observer commented, the Chevrolet Volt is one of the most politically “charged” cars ever produced. Politics aside, the Volt is a remarkable automobile that delivers exactly what General Motors said it would when the concept was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And when the production car arrived in late 2010 as a 2011 model, automotive journalists deemed the Volt significant enough to select it as the 2011 North American Car of the Year.

The Volt enters its third model year with the same base price as the outgoing 2012 model, $39,145 before federal or state incentives. That’s not all of the good news, however. Engineers tinkered with the recipe of the lithium-ion battery’s chemistry to gain a few extra miles of electric range – 38 miles compared to 35 miles for the 2012 edition. The officially rated miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) also increases to 98 MPGe from 94 MPGe.

The 2013 Volt arrives in the North American market with a new “Hold” drive mode, which allows the car to operate on gasoline only and save the battery for later. This feature was first seen on 2012 European market models to enable drivers to save the electrons for green urban zones where emissions are penalized. Also new are two safety features as part of the Enhanced Safety package: lane-departure warning and forward collision alert. Additional changes include a new power gauge, an optional rear-seat armrest and new exterior and interior color choices.

Simple, Yet Complex Powertrain

At first glance, the Volt’s drivetrain is a somewhat simple series hybrid design: A small gasoline engine powers an electric motor-generator that produces electricity that sustains a battery charge and is then directed to an electric motor that powers the front wheels. This type of hybrid powertrain is not new, and in fact, General Motors toyed with the idea in 1969 with the Stir-Lec II, a second-generation experimental hybrid vehicle that operated similarly to Volt. A big difference between the two is the Volt’s battery can be charged by plugging in to either a 120-volt or 240-volt home electrical outlet.

The hybrid design may be simple but the complexity under the Volt’s hood is staggering. The car doesn’t have one electric motor; it has two—a 111-killowatt (148 horsepower) main traction motor and a 55-kw (73 horsepower) generator motor. A 1.4-liter 64 horsepower four-cylinder engine doesn’t drive the wheels – it only kicks in to power the generator motor to sustain the battery charge enough to give the car an extended range of 300-plus miles. And that only happens once the battery is depleted.

Speaking of the battery, when the concept Volt was introduced in 2007, GM stated that to make it a reality required a large lithium-ion battery weighing nearly 400 pounds. At the time, some experts predicted that such a battery could possibly be production-ready by 2010 to 2012. Other experts said the technology was 10 or more years away. Not quite four years later, the Volt arrived with a 5.5-foot long T-shaped 16-killowatt hour lithium-ion battery. Weighing 435 pounds, the battery is incorporated into the frame beneath the passenger compartment along the center tunnel and is liquid cooled and heated to keep the 288 cells in the optimal temperature range.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

Charging the battery – which the aforementioned chemistry tweaks upped to 16.5 kwh this year – is a simple task, simply plug the supplied charging cord into a 120-volt household outlet and then plug the other end into the charge receptacle on the Volt. An alternative is an optional 240-volt charging unit that cuts charge time significantly. With the new battery chemistry, charge times are increased slightly: a 120-volt outlet could take 10.5 hours and 4.25 hours to charge when using the optional 240-volt charger (up from 10 hours and four hours, respectively).

The drivetrain’s final component is a planetary-geared single-speed transmission. It operates in conjunction with three independent clutches to manage and distribute power from either or both of the electric motors and gas engine to the front drive wheels. For example, during certain cruising situations to obtain maximum efficiency, torque from the gasoline engine is blended with the small motor generator to supplement the drive motor. While the gas engine mechanically assists the drive motor, it does not power the Volt by itself.

While computer programming decides the drivetrain’s most efficient operation, the driver can play a role with four different driving modes: Normal, Sport, Mountain and the new Hold mode. When the car is powered on, the default mode is Normal and delivers a typical accelerator feel. Selecting Sport provides a livelier accelerator response with the downside of using more electrons from the battery. Mountain mode is for, well, traversing mountain terrain. It helps maximize performance by maintaining a sufficient charge so that extra power needed to negotiate steep grades comes from the battery and needs to be engaged well in anticipation of heading for the hills.

The Hold feature as found also on European Volts and near twins Opel/Vauxhall Amperas, essentially “holds” the battery state-of-charge level allowing for pure electric driving at a later time in the journey.

Additionally, the driver can shift to Low instead of Drive for more aggressive regenerative braking. It conserves energy by changing the throttle and brake settings so you have to brake less – lift off the accelerator and the car dramatically slows down.

Chevrolet doesn’t position the Volt as a plug-in hybrid, but as an “extended-range electric vehicle,” which in practice means it falls somewhere between an electric car and a standard gasoline-powered car. The Volt operates entirely as an electric car for its first 30 to 40 miles after a full charge of the battery – with extreme cold possibly reducing range to as little as 25 miles, and judicious or slower speed driving possibly increasing electric range to 50 or more miles.

The engine doesn’t drive the wheels – it only kicks in to power a generator motor that sustains the battery charge enough to give the car another 300 miles or so of range once the battery is depleted.

Exterior

The production Volt looks nothing like the sporty, coupe-like concept that debuted at the 2007 Detroit auto show. Instead, reality dictated that it needed a more conventional, functional shape for aerodynamic reasons and to accommodate people and the things people haul along.

For the Volt’s design, Chevrolet uses a shape that’s come to define hybrid and electric vehicles: a four-door hatchback with a smooth front and a high, abrupt tail. The truncated rear, called Kammback, is a design shape that reduces the air resistance of the vehicle. The tail’s low drag contributes to the Volt’s drag coefficient of 0.28 that helps eke every last mile from the battery.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

While its general profile resembles the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, the Volt is clearly a Chevrolet with the trademark twin-bar front grille leading to headlamps that sweep into the front fenders. Optional seventeen-inch polished aluminum wheels add a touch of style to the judicious use of chrome and piano black over the window line.

Interior

Volt’s cabin blends Chevy’s traditional twin-cockpit design with a dashboard that looks more like an advanced hub of operations than an instrument panel. Instead of traditional gauges, the driver faces a seven-inch LCD screen displaying speed, odometer/trip distance, battery level and electric driving miles to go. There’s also a meter with a green revolving ball that indicates hard acceleration or hard braking – keep it in the middle and you’re driving efficiently. When the battery is depleted, a gas gauge replaces that meter.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

The center stack eschews conventional switchgear in favor of an iPod type flat, touch-sensitive control panel for audio and climate settings. However, attempting to use them without intimate familiarity will result in hurtling down the road like a drunken sailor. Above the panel is a second seven-inch display screen that shows the usual infotainment and climate control details, but also power flow, energy usage information and charging details. It is also the screen for the optional navigation system.

Geeks will relish using the available mobile apps that can run on an iPhone or Android system. With a smartphone owner’s can access their vehicle’s current electric range, check the battery’s charge level, manage battery charging times and check what time the car will be fully charged and ready to go. Other functions can be performed remotely also—like remote start or unlocking doors. With just a couple of taps, the Volt can be pre-cooled in the summer and pre-warmed in winter.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

The cabin is the best Chevy interior available with high quality materials and grains. Up front, head- and legroom are generous and front bucket seats are pleasingly comfortable. A height-adjustable driver’s seat and tilt/telescopic steering wheel make it easy to adjust for a good driving position. Rear seating is reduced to two because of the intrusion of the battery’s center location. Legroom for back seat passengers is adequate for most, but those over six feet will be uncomfortable.

Volt offers an arm’s length of standard convenience features as expected in a car with a sticker price of nearly $40,000. Included are keyless entry, power windows, locks and mirrors, automatic climate control, OnStar assistance, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless cell-phone link as well as USB and iPod connectivity. Optional are leather seating, a navigation system and a package that includes a rearview camera and front- and rear-obstacle detection.

Expected safety gear includes all the biggies—eight air bags, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control and traction control. The federal government gives the Volt a safety rating of five stars overall.

Driving Impressions

Whether driving on a fully charged battery or after the gas engine comes on to maintain the battery pack’s state of charge, the Volt behaves just like a pure electric car; speedy, smooth, and whisper-quiet. Since the electric motor is the main mode of motivation for the car, take-offs from a start benefit from typical EV low-end torque. In this case, 273 pounds-feet of torque – a number you’d see in V6 engines. Zero to 60 mph arrives in a tick or two less than nine seconds, an indicator that merging into high-speed traffic is easily accomplished.

The Volt didn’t major in driving excitement, but it is surprisingly fun to drive and dispenses predictable front-wheel drive handling. GM obviously took care to engineer in above-average compact car road manners. With the Sport mode selected, and shifting to Low when required, the Volt is up to the task of negotiating curvy roads, holding sharp corners commendably well. With 435 pounds of batteries running down its spine, the center of gravity is low, favorable for gripping the road and minimizing body lean.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

Unlike many electric power steering systems, the Volt’s is communicative with good on center feel and offers decent driver feedback. As for the quirky, almost brick-like feel of most regenerative brake systems, braking is solid and linear with the computer blending regenerative and mechanical brake force seamlessly.

An independent strut-type front and a semi-independent torsion beam axle rear suspension are typical of cars in the compact class. Engineers have tuned it with soft spring rates and matching shock rates for good comfort and control. The setup absorbs the bumps and potholes of everyday driving quite well.

Low cabin noise intrusion plays a role in perceived ride quality. Chevy has made road and wind noise almost nonexistent in the Volt. A key test of the Volt’s quietness is when the little 1.4-liter engine that powers the generator turns. On occasion you can hear the engine, but mostly you can’t.

All this adds up to a four-passenger family sedan that is a superb EV commuter that can turn into a comfortable highway cruiser with the ability to add a dose of driving fun.

About That Fuel Economy

That short sentence at the bottom of the window sticker regarding fuel economy—“Actual results will vary for many reasons” – applies to Volt perhaps more than any other vehicle. When it comes to overall fuel economy (MPGe), individual results posted on
fueleconomy.gov show a range of 39 to 1,462 mpg with an average of 175.4. As for electric-only driving range, reports of 40 miles shows up frequently on GM-Volt.com with several Volt owners reporting 50-plus miles on a single charge and a handful have broken 60 miles.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

We have driven slightly more than 1,000 miles in 2010, ’11 and ’12 models. We have recorded EV mileage as low as 28 (heavy foot in Sport mode) and as high as 48 miles three times. Our MPGe was 139.5. We haven’t tested a 2013 edition so we can’t report on the Hold mode and how it can affect fuel economy.

The Green Car For You?

Intangible considerations giving a leg up to the Volt are it presently tops Consumer Reports’ rankings for owner satisfaction at 93 percent, has won a laundry list of awards and accolades, and GM is coddling Volt consumers with exceptional service. The company has a team of Volt Advisors ready to explain questions, or help with concerns, and this policy has been in effect since the car was launched to minimize potential complaints, and appears to be working well so far.

Regardless of how you view the Volt, it delivers electric car efficiency and unlimited fuel economy if you drive like 80 percent of American drivers, 40 miles or less a day. And, there is no perceptible difference in driving performance between battery electric power and when the gasoline powered generator starts up.

At first glance, the $39,145 sticker price can be a shocker. The $7,500 federal tax credit takes some of the sting out of the price plus, there are numerous state credits. Additionally, in some states the Volt gets solo High Occupancy Vehicle (carpool) lane status. For some commuters that alone is worth the price.

Like any vehicle that plugs in, you do have to have access to at least a 120-volt electrical outlet, and preferably a somewhat costly 240-volt home charging device. If you can live with seating that only accommodates four, then Volt could be the green transportation choice for you. If not, there are alternatives.

Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid is currently the closest Volt competitor. The base model is priced starting at $32,000 with the Plug-in Advanced model priced at $39,525, and like the Volt, various incentives are available although not as much. The Prius delivers better gas mileage in the gas-hybrid mode, but the Volt has more than double the range of electric-only driving.

If you’re looking for a pure electric vehicle, Nissan’s Leaf is available in two models, the $35,200 SV and $37,250 SL. While the Leaf’s electric driving range is 100 miles, there is no back-up gasoline engine to continue driving. It’s good for short commutes, but road trips are out.

The Volt’s price puts it in the same territory of near-luxury models like Cadillac’s CTS, the Acura TL, Lexus ES 350 and top-end Chrysler 300 models. The Volt is an excellent automobile, but is it a near-luxury compact car? Most buyers will overlook that anomaly because they will be buying a landmark automobile with technology that backs up the price.

Prices are manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.

 


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  • ex-EV1 driver

    I hope this isn’t just idle rhetoric surrounding another concept car but the rhetoric sounds entirely too familiar.

  • EdwardMooney.com

    I agree with “ex-EV1 driver” – I hope GM follows through. We need this technology to escape the chains of foreign oil, and the pollution it brings.

  • Bill

    I wish GM would just SHUT UP about all this High-Tech stuff until they’re ready to go into production. I’m tired of all this hype over the years. All talk, No product.

  • Nash

    While I hope GM continues with EV and hybrid technologies, I have to wonder if has GM had their head in the sand regarding lithium batteries. Altairnano is selling right now a 70KWh lithium battery pack, that can be charged/discharged over 15,000 (yes thousand) times. Just ask Phoenix Motorcars, or Tesla Motors about it.

  • harmsy

    I’m mildly pleased by this news – at least they’re willing to put something on show – they could have just done nothing. Let’s hope they bring this to market in the next 4-5 years.

    :roll

  • Mr. Z

    WHY IS IT THAT A PLUG-IN PRIUS CAN GET OVER 100 MILES ON A CHARGE AND GM CAN ONLY GET 40?? THIS IS AGGRAVATING. AGAIN GM FAILS TO IMPRESS AND IS BEHIND THE TIMES. THEY SHOULD SCRAP THIS PROGRAM LIKE THE EV1 THEN SCRAP THEMSELVES!
    :(

  • Jim

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the plug-in Prius uses much of its limited trunk space, for the battery pack. :roll

  • Lisa Hart

    Sounds totally insincere to me. I applaude the guy quoted in the article that said, ‘Apparently GM’s magic hydrogen fuel cell isn’t working either, so now they have come up with another future magical technology that isn’t quite ready yet. They will tell you they are doing everything they can to improve the internal combustion engine. I don’t buy it.’

    Neither do I. Emerging companies such as Ecotality and others are fairly far along in demonstrating working hydrogen vehicles, which makes me think that if Detroit were serious, they could do it, too.

    Lutz betrays the aim when he essentially admits that the goal is to have a nice-looking prototype to parade to the press and to the public to make us all think this will work someday. The truth is, they are going to miss the boat with energy the way they did with safety, when they said nobody wanted vehicles with safety belts and airbags, and the way they did with reliability, which is when the Japanese started eating their lunch.

    Lisa Hart

  • David

    It is popular right now to be discouraged, if not cynical, by or from disappointments. At age 67, I try to handle disappoint-ments, and plan prag-
    matically. From that
    perspective, I wel-come the prospect of
    GM’s Chevy Volt. Short time-frame per-
    spectives may convince some that change is impossible or even worthless in an organization. That is not my view. I welcome GM’s technology focus. Of course, it’s overdue. But what problem does it solve to admire that proposition?

    –David :grin

  • jim

    The major cost comes from lithium battery pack. As a short cut to bring this to market, GM could use lead acid batteries and reduce the battery only distance to 20 miles. The reduction is needed to reduce the battery weight as lead acid batteries do not have as good engery density. 20 mile gas free distance would be very significant step towards achieving our energy independence. Lead acid batteries are reliable and cheap. Besides, the Firefly Energy will come out with the new type of lead acid batteries this year. They would have great impact. :grin

  • Mr. Realistic

    It’s one thing for the consumer to cry about the environment, it is quite another to do so behind the wheel of a big gas guzzling SUV (which they don’t need). Companies like GM have very little incentive to build “green” vehicles. They are in the business of making money just like ALL business’s, and gas guzzling vehicles sell very well and with huge profit margins.

  • Informed

    I just saw the special on payperview about about a battery company who had a contract with GM before they canned the EV that made batteries with longevity. Is this true???

  • ex-EV1 driver

    My only problem is that from what I can tell, the Volt is simply vaporware. There are a lot of inconsistencies in the reports which indicate to me that the volt is truly a concept in its infancy. It could be a decade or more before it actually hits the market – if ever.
    If GM was serious about a plug-in, they’d simply re-introduce their fantastic 1999 Gen2 EV1 again. If they believed the gasoline engine was critical, they could simply put a small generator in the huge trunk that the EV1 had.

  • otto

    plain series hybride
    in its basic concept
    can provide 30 %
    more FE instantly.
    Skip all hydro,
    plugins and THD for
    a few years and
    investigate real solutions in Green & alternatives that will be a lasting solution for a world that is used to some kind of
    endless energy.

  • Paul

    Seems like more smoke from GM. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Prius has proven plug -in technology. GM should just copy Toyota and get plug ins to the market now if they want to help our economy,security, and environment.

  • wwewewewe

    They should bring back the EV1 as well as the geo metro 8) ;) :grin :) :p :roll :eek :sigh :cry :? :zzz

  • Richard

    GM’s going to kick major ass with the volt. You guys wouldn’t have a Prius without the EV1. GM is partnering with the developer of the hybrid battery to make it come true. I’m sure you’ll all be lining up once it’s released

  • Indigo

    GM could have already made a serious hybrid if only they wanted to. They could use NiMH batteries and a slightly bigger engine. Such a hybrid could be made NOW.But the reality is that GM only likes to make guzzlers. .

  • DannyK

    I’m excited about the volt, but I pray that Toyota switches their batteries, to the latest lithium ion and offers a plugin kit for my Prius.

  • Jeff Chamberlin

    Of course I don,t see this particular car going into production, however, if GM really want this car to go into production, the technology probably isn’t that far away. What GM needs to do is network with companies who are researching this technology and with other car companies to perfect the technology. They would also need to research ways to keep vehicle cost at a reasonable level to the consumer while still making a profit, which, could be the toughest part of the whole project.

  • Kenneth Hoffman

    GM should ask the public what it wants in the way of an electric car. I would like a small station wagon with 17Cu.ft. storage, 60 mpg and the quietness of a Lexus. Maybe the new LiS battery technology is the answer. By the way, spare tires are passe.

  • EV1 Supporter

    I watched this documentary. GM leased the EV1s then took them all back. If GM SELLS the Volt, I’d buy the Volt today, but if they try that “First we’re going to lease them and see how it goes” crap, I wouldn’t give GM a dime.

  • GreenGuy

    I agree with EV1 Supporter. As owner of a ’03 Prius, would like to support U.S. car industry…
    Volt better have higher quality than the last Chevy I owned! (99 Suburban) :( 8)

  • erik

    talk is cheap…american car companies do plenty of it. proof is what the japanese seem to focus on. i’d get something like a volt in a heartbeat if it was reality but american cars are not reliable anyway. i refuse to buy another car until honda or toyota get a plug in electric with flex fuel back up like a volt.

  • ecopreneur

    Has anyone seen “Who Killed the Electric Car” movie on dvd? GM had a workable electric car that they eventually confiscated from leasees and destroyed. They have no interest in producing a vehicle that does not depend on gasoline because they are afraid of big oil. Watch the movie and you will see for yourself/ the hybrid talk is all talk because green is in.

  • Francis Porrello

    I always have the same question. We can explore outer space, send back pictures from millions of miles and yet we cannot develop a car to get 100 MPG!Why can the Japanese do things we cannot? They are killing us economically but we still buy their cars and American car companies are down the tube. Dosen’t make any sense!

  • Tony

    The plug-in Prius’ truck will not necessarily be affected by the plug in addition. There is no need to increase the batteries becasue the plug-in thechnology only adds electrons to the system, not size. The plug-in system allows the batteries to start the day with a full charge, as opposed to getting a charge from regenerative breaking. Don’t be so negative about things you don’t know.

  • John Acheson

    The only full hybrid patents on the roads are taken, Ford has 350+ on the Escape filed with 22 blueprints borrowed from Toyota, while Toyota has racked up over 650 patent on the Prius…

    What hybrid patents are left to corner???

    Maybe that’s why the battery is never ready and the plug is always changing…

  • mike

    Buckminster fuller built a car in 1936 that got great mileage. Why can’t GM and Ford?

  • Eric

    We are purchasing Toyota hybrid Prias’s and highlanders one after another that work increadibly well. Its too bad GM crushed all the EV1′s 10-20 years ago, after LA abandoned its law that a prercent of the vehicles had to be elecric. GM has all the technology it needs. Maybe GM should go the smithsonian and backwards engineer it the EV that is on display. Its too bad Toyota has had record sales and become the largest car manufacturer while GM sits on their hands. GM could produce and already had produced EV vehicles years ago. GM simply does not want to produce an electric vehicle. I would rather buy a GM product, but I have to buy a Toyota. Given the choice after driving an hybrid or EV, I would never go back to a gas engine.

  • Mike

    8) The chevy volt is great on gas plus it gets 40 miles to the charge its not as good as the prius but it is way better looking and not as girly!

  • Darth Kleber

    I just saw that documentary , who killed the electric car.. talk about a smack in the face to GM.. You folks should check out the Tesla Roadster .This is a high end sports car. Base model $92,000 0-60 in 4 seconds, tpsd of 135 mph, range of 250 miles on single charge.. ready to ship to customers this year… http://www.teslamotors.com. they are currently developing a more affordable 4 dr sedan . They are using the fund to dump into R&d to make cheaper and affordable units for the average buyer..

  • T. Strickland

    There is a new solid carbon material that will revolutionize hydrogen fuel cells and electric cars. http://www.cleantechnano.com

  • Dan

    I am an engineer that designs battery/electric motor systems. There is no reason that this can’t be done now.

    Just look at the past. Back in the day I had a 1982 VW jetta diesel that got 57MPG (that’s right). The problem today is the American need for power and size.

    If you had an EV that could go just 40 miles on the electricity, and added 60 miles running on an engine of equivalent efficiency, you would have a car that got about 143 miles/gal. In addition to this, it would be even easier to do this with today’s engine technology.

    It is a shame that more people don’t call these people to the table. Even my 1977 Honda accord got 42MPG on the freeway.

    It is all about perception.

  • Cathy Wiz

    I want one!!!!

  • Mary

    I have been watching technology make huge leaps forward since the 70′s (I was too young to notice before that) Americans are known to be very innovative and hardworking but why are we following “modern” trends 10-20 years behind the Japanese and Europeans? I will refer to the debit card, atm, Sony walkman and watchman, nintendo, and yes the electric and hybrid cars.
    We should be blazing trails not waiting to see if someone else might succeed before we chance our first step.
    I always liked to believe the “concept” car was just around the corner for me, the consumer, not something that would stay in the R&D vault, never to be seen again after the car show is over.
    Don’t give us new tail lights and headlights each year and try to convince us that it is a “new” car. The automakers are way behind and they know it. Finally, the general public is waking up and wants more. Will the foreign car companies beat the US automakers to it, again?

  • paul

    pathetic micro-step…… even the EV1 had an almost 100 mile range. Too bad politics didnt allow a purely electric vehicle. Now they think appeasing us with a gas powered semi-electric car with half the range of the 1998 model EV1. Typical, what else do you expect form the american market?

  • troy vickers

    if it was on the market right know i’d buy one today!!!!!

  • JRO

    I’ll buy it over a Toyota any day.

  • Abee

    I am trying to figure out a way to tell Toyota that they should make a small truck like the old nineties pick ups in a hybrid. Does anyone have any ins with Toyota to tell them to do this? I won’t be buying a new vehicle until there is a small pickup prius!

  • Cris

    GM Volt

    By Paul on 2007-01-10 02:16:06

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    Seems like more smoke from GM. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Prius has proven plug -in technology. GM should just copy Toyota and get plug ins to the market now if they want to help our economy,security, and environment.

    “Has Toyota ever thought about how their buyers are going to get id of the bad batteries once they are toasted? Have you thought about it? All these lemings in love with Toyota should wake up. They are no more green than any other company. Their trucks and SUV’s get worse mileage than any GM products. They get a free pass because of the Prius and all those that follow it. Where do you think that Toyota makes its money in order to spew out the Prius at a loss? This will not continue forever. Plus, the Prius does not live up to the MPG rating on the sticker. Also, if you are going up hill in the ice and snow, did you know that if the Prius senses too much slippage, the traction control will shut off the vehicle? Toyota puts out boring product after boring product and their quality is not very good anymore. Yet, consumers that have no clue continue to buy their lame garbage because they think Toyota is “green”. Let’s face it, the people that denounce GM or Ford or whoever over and over on this site are either Toyota employees or anti-American in their purchases. Yeah, that’s what it is.

  • David Maltais

    Lets get the Chevy Volt in production as soon as possible.

    Lets not make this another EV1!!!!

  • jack roush

    Just another mock up from the kings of bullshit. GM and Lutz have no interest in electric / hybrid vehicles. Get a clue people . . . . .

  • John Shefer

    Ocean acidity has risen %30 due to carbon emissions. If we do not change energy sources and deforestation practices, vast amounts of life will go extinct in most of our lifetimes. Oil companies crave profit and have no other motivation. They are very powerful and influence auto design. The change needs to come from people demanding their governments set limits on fuel type and use. How about a carbon tax on non-commercial four wheel drives? Is that difficult to do? How about mandating again EV vehicles? It worked before.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Rick Wagoner
    I’m ready to buy your new Chevrolet Volt put it into production.
    I was looking for a new car over the past couple of days. The first place I went to was a GM Saturn Dealer than To a Chevy Dealer it’s sad to say that I won’t be buying from GM becuase all I can find is gas guzzling cars & Suv’s. Yes for the first time in my life I guess I’ll have to let the money go to a foreign company. I guess I’ll buy the Toyota prius becuase of the MPG issue’s. I have three young son’s hopefully I can help save the enviorment for them.
    I wish all of our american company’s could get on board and get these new vehicles out their. It’s really sad I think the oil companies from the middle east bought you guys out or paid you off. Well it’s to bad and so sad you just lost 10 sale’s from my family and freinds.
    rickytabor@yahoo.com

  • Van

    One year later, much of the fog has lifted from this project. Instead of costing under $30,000, it is now forecast to cost under $40,000. Instead of a 40 mile AER, the real world number appears to be closer to 25 miles. Two versions of the battery pack were received from LG for bench testing in late 2007, and the A123/Conti battery pack is expected to be shipped to the GM lab early in 2008, perhaps by the end of January. The car will seat 4 people and should go on sale to the public in 2011. It will have a Cd (coefficient of drag) similar to the Prius Cd of .26. In June, 2008 “mules” (Malibu with Volt battery and electric drive) should be available for members of the information media to drive and evaluate. Wouldn’t it be nice if most of this turns out to be true?

  • steved28

    I did two things this year that I never have done in my (50 year) life. I purchased a foreign car, and a hybrid. (Nissan Altima) As I speak with co-workers I see the concerns are the same w/regard to fuel efficiency and going green. As I speak, one co-worker is lining up to purchase either the TCH or the Altima. Perhaps I’m being naive or overly optimistic, but I see a trend in the buying public. Which really is the first step toward waking up the manufacturers. We can point fingers all we want, but we (the buying public) has always had control over the market.

  • Anonymous

    It’s obvious you did zero research, or went to dealers not interested in selling cars.
    GM currently offers 5 hybrids: Saturn Vue, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Saturn Aura, Chevy Malibu

    And several vehicles that get over 30mpg highway:

    Cobalt, Malibu (non-hybrid), Pontiac G5, Pontiac G6, Pontiac Vibe, Saturn AURA

    And from Green Car magazine: “…Tahoe’s 21 mpg city fuel efficiency rating is the same as that of the city EPA rating for the four-cylinder Toyota Camry sedan.”

    So I say, let GM research the Volt, and get it right, I’ll be waiting.

  • Joe

    I do not give a crap about the environment like Al Gore. I believe in saving the environment, but I am not a right wing evironmentalist like Gore. What I really care about is the independence from foreign oil. Opec has us over a barrel of Oil.

  • kelvin

    Why does nobody ever mention that 20 years ago Geo had a Metro that got 50 mpg ( I owned one with auto tranny that got 47), GM bought them out and re-introduced the Metro that got 40 mpg (had one with manaul that occasionally got 42) and now the best car they can market only gets 30?

  • ekocherga@hotmail.com

    You are showing an unnecessary degree of generosity to GM’s endless policiy of deceit and pusilanamy which commenced with the recall of the EV1!
    Wagoner and his cohorts represent JUST that bastardized concept of enterpreneurship which has brought our country to it’s present “knees”.. In a more perceptive focus we should also add on the roll of our present Bush and the “scowling” VP who scandalously sold out our nation’s best interest mandating the corn/ethanol caper which has now blownup exponentially – world wide – by creating food scarcities, tremendous inlationary pressures…All, JUST to be get a few extra votes and provide added wealth to their already wealthy agrofriends!!
    It is beyond belief that the automotive, petroleum interests and the political structure in Washington are continuing a constant ferment of misleading arguments, backtracks, half/full lies just to simulate a scenario AWAY from the overwhelming advantages of plugin vehicle technology.
    And it is not at all any tribute to our so called democratic traditions which project such a brainless apathetic response to the national catastrophe which faces us!
    An equanamous response would be to impeach that bastion of perverted politicians and thereafter retire them where they can avoid damaging our lives although I would hesitate to any thoughts of having them righteously in self recognition each drinking a cup of hemlock.

  • Steve Balboa

    GM is moving in the right direction with hybrids and new technology. I jsut hope that they do more research to produce a better performing battery than the battery that the EV1 used. GM, Toyota, Ford, and Honda are producing more fuel efficient vehicles than ever before. The Chevy Malibu Hybrid, the Volt, the new Focus gets about 40 EPA city mpg, and obviously the Prius and the Civic hybrid. I hope automobile manufacturers continue to devote technology and research to better fuel efficiency. Within our lifetimes we could witness the end of the internal combustion engine (about 32% efficient) and the emergence of the lithium ion battery (60-64% efficient).

    -a future hybid vehicle owner

  • Bryan

    Great point Bill. I have been researching and I would love to get behind the wheel of that car but you are right talk is cheap…put up or shut up.

  • Greg

    Put the car out all ready!!! We have the technolgy to do it. Did you forget the EV1. Batteries were good enough in 1999 with the nickel metal hydrade (pardon my spelling) and now we have li-on Batteries. Is it the oil companies that are holding you back? The oil companies (exxon by it self) is worth more than ALL THE AUTO MAKERS OF THE WORLD COMBINED. How much profit does exxon need brfore auto companies pull their heads out of thier ass? Isn’t $4.50 per gallon for diesel a bit over board!!! I drive a toyota prius and thats not enough! SOMBODY PLEASE MAKE AN AFORDABLE ELECTRIC PLUG IN HYBRID, or a all electric car before big oil bankrupts us!!!

  • armadilloman

    check out aptera.com for answers to some of your prayers.

  • Ken Gallenbeck

    This is true. You can see details for yourself by renting/netflixing the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car”. Prepare to be angered to no end… Basically, GM bought out the company Ovionics who have a nickle-metalhydride (NiMh) battery that powered the EV1 and other EVs in Ccalifornia. They then sold the company to, I believe, ExxonMobil. The license for this battery will no allow it to be produced for electric vehicle purposes, except in quantities so large that no one can actually use it. They’ve effectively shelved a battery that could have been used for electric-only and plug-in hybrid vehicles. This has delayed the whole EV industry while alternative battery technology is reearched, tested, etc..

  • Megawatt

    Nice article, BUT, the statement “The battery pack will consist of 250 individual cells, wired in series, so that if any one of them fails, the whole pack will be dead” is very likely in error.
    While such statements are true of Christmas tree lights, it is inconceivable that GM would not have good enough electrical engineers to implement electronic circuits to bypass bad cells. We even have this on our University’s solar car battery pack (which also runs batteries in series).
    Hybrid cars are a proven technology. I just hope that GM can catch up to and pass the performance of Toyota’s Camry Hybrid. This Volt car seems like a winner to me :-)

  • RICO

    I, too, would gladly get behind the wheel of one of these….if only GM would finally make it. Also, I heard the projected price is now up to $35,000. Pricey, but well worth it…oh well, you can dream, can’t you?

  • Robert Wyatt

    Even if it does work, it’s not practical for families or businesses. We need an electric mini van and small pickup that can go at least a hundred miles on a charge at up to 70 mph. Most of these early prototypes look like race cars – not that I wouldn’t want to have one. But I need something to take trash to the dump, go camping, transport buiding materials, etc. This doesn’t work for me.

  • k ludwig

    So now I wonder which is the more benevolent:

    TV Cable companies

    “Big Old Phone company”

    General Motors

    ‘big oil’

    If automobiles all of a sudden(yeah right!)switched to electric power what would ‘big oil’ do with all that petroleum ? Well if they could not put it back into the ground profitably (letting it accumulate till price went back up) I do believe it would be useful as generator fuel, ship fuel, jet engine fuel, and even lawn mower fuel so they would not have to shut down any refineries—just slow down a bit and maybe even produce a better product ? They have become acclimated to a captive audience for too long ! Their strangle hold on fuel needs to be broken. The additive cost of fuel price increases is cripling the economy especially those near the bottom of the scale whose percentage of gross income spent on gas is much higher than the upper economic tiers.

  • chuck

    This is sad to hear about the doubt of the Volt that GM has led the public to belive that would be out in a few years. I can see that BIG OIL has got to them and stoped any chance of saving our way of life. Cant everyone see what the big oil companies are trying to do to our country?

  • Tony D.

    Come on GM…my guess is that you will perform on this car just like you perform on MOST of your NEW offerings – A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR OVER PRICED. You will TALK up a big deal then somewhere in the future (after EVERY OTHER JAP CAR MFGR IS IN THE MARKETPLACE) you will present your offering that will not quite compete with them and you will offer it at a much HIGHER PRICE.

    OH WELL WE HAVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS HOW YOU OPERATE AND THIS IS WHY YOU ARE NOW NUMBER 2 AND WILL GO DOWN FROM THERE!!!

  • Thunder

    I would love to be off imported oil but we, the US , have oil here we just can not drill because of big goverment. Why is China drilling off of FLA but the US can not? As for the new tech. green vechiles. In the early 90s you could have bought a large BMW 7 and had it converted to run on hydrogen at BMW. This had a 20 grand cost, but BMW stated that if all the cars were hydrogen powered it would not cost more. This BMW would use the same engine that came in the car, no fuel cells or way out stuff. The car only produced water vapor from the exhuast and had more power. Now it also used more “fuel” to get around, but if it is cheap hydrogen who cares. What happened to this car and this tech.?…..oil companies!

    GM is talking like these “green” vehicles are witch craft, but other companies have done it in the past, better than what GM is tell you that is coming in 2, 3, 4 years if ever.

  • Don D

    I am a proud owner of five GM cars. Three new and two classic cars. Their is no one on this planet that can appreciate the sound and performance of a big block chevrolet any more than I. But even I know GM’s days are numbered. With gas over four dollars a gallon GM is offering no real solutions. The chevy volt sounds promising and my wife and I would really like to buy one if it ever becomes a reality. GM offers other so- called hybrids now, but in my opinion they are a joke. GM still has the ability right now to lead every auto maker into the future and away from fossil fuels.(like it did with the EV-1.).But that time is running out.We need this technology back now, not years from now!In busines the old saying is you lead, follow or get out of the way.I’m afraid in GM’s case it will be get out of the way. Please don’t let this happen!

  • Stig F

    My next car is going to be a plug hybrid, and my wifes next car is going to be a hybrid. As the gas price were i live are 14 kroner a liter simular to 2,8 dollars a liter and app 11,2 dollar pr gallon.

    If I can buy a car replacing my milage (25.000 gasoling) app 2500 liter with electrical driving for 20.000 km forth and back from work and a bit more, my savings are 28.000 kroner a year i dollars 5.600.

    I can buy a car for 420.000 kroner and get a profit of 7,5% compaired with gas.

    So i can buy a car for 84.000 dollars and still make a profit og 7,5% a year with no risk. or I can borrow 84.000 dollars at a rate of 7,5% and still my economy will be as before.

    In the U.S. you can divide 84.000 by three (4 dollars a gallon) = 28.000 dollars at a rate of 7,5%, and at 5% 42.000 dollars and your economy is still as before.

    I dont think it is enything wrong with my calculations. The electricity cost is only 1000 kroner in a year so it is low.

    But if this gets to be coummon knowlage everybody will wait to buy hybrids.

    If the thecnology is solid over half of the cars in norway are hybrids before 2018.

    This will increase the electricity consumtion with 3 to 5%.

    Stig

  • Stew

    I would like to see GM bring this to market, but I honestly just don’t see it happening. If by some miracle they do, it will be nothing like the original concept idea, it will probably turn out to be a regular Prius-like hybrid. But even a bigger issue for me is this is not a forward enough leap from what we can already buy.

    I am saving my money for the Think City battery electric car, no gas engine at all. I already have an ’04 Hyundai Accent and ’93 Ford explorer that are paid for, I’ll just hang on to one of those if I need to do some hauling or drive more than 100 miles in a day. But virtually all my daily driving will be on the first battery electric car that comes to market.

    Come on Think City!!! Hurry up and start selling these in the US!

    Stew.

  • JDinFL

    40 miles on nothing but electricity is good. Recovering electricity when you break is better. Good excelleration and top speed of 120 MPH is great. If I had the money and it was available, I’d buy it now…maybe… I need two more things in this car that I have not heard much about. One is climate control (A/C and heat). The A/C doesn’t have to be a typical compressor. For generations, the military used technology based on the “venturi effect” to cool air in their armored vehicles (not saying they still use it or not). The vehicle is moving…that alone produces air that can be restricted and its force used to cool air flowing through a liquid. Number two, I live in Florida and the Sun is free. Why isn’t the hood, trunk lid and roof of the car covered in photo-voltaic solar panels? Why can’t the car charge while driving? Why can’t it charge all day in the parking lot at work? If my electric company is still using coal, gas or other natural resources to produce electricity, what good is this going to do when gas is $12 a gallon? I’m right back where I started from now with 30-40 MPG at $4 a gallon.

    I also have nothing against fuel cell technology, but the weight of a hydrogen tank or the equipment needed to generate hydrogen is the worst of all these solutions in a car. Fuel cells are good for land and space, not cars (unless you can create a storage tank and hydrogen generation equipment that weighs less than the entire car did before you started) And ofcourse, all of the stations operated by the big 3 oil company sells hydrogen if you don’t have the onboard generation equipment…right!

    GM, you need to do better than this. I need my A/C and I should be able to drive all day or at least most of a sunny day using solar power to recharge the batteries as I drive or park.

  • DennisGS

    I totally agree with JD. Lets get a Hybrid that has PV cells in the roof. The heck with keeping the outside the same color. There’s plenty of room for at least one big panel which could be made to contour with the rest of the car and parking the car in a lot for 8 hours or more would really help with some charging. In my job I park my car in a lot for 36 to 48 hours and could get a great charge out of that time. Where’s the innovators that should have incorporated these into the current hybrids already??? C’mon people, get with it!!! Also, more plug in hybrids, too!!

  • Dave Spotton

    On CNBC I saw the show “Saving GM” and they was talk about the volt. On the show they stated that the price would be in the 40 to 45 grand range and maybe more by the time the car hit the dealers. IF that is the case this car will not sell to the masses and GM will say that the public was not ready for it..

  • Heaven K

    this is a poor showing. the ev1 had twice the mileage on a charge. until GM actually gets serious, or one of the other of the big 3 we’re not going to have a commitment to break away from big oil.

    the big 3 are in the back pockets of the oil tycoons, why would they sever their ties.

    unless…

    you have a quarter where you lose 250billion in a quarter and your oil friend makes 11 billion in a quarter. hello. clue phone.

  • PhxPrius

    The whole “wait for a lithium-ion breakthrough” problem is a red herring. NiMH is here today (admittedly with increased weight / reduced performance). Toyota is designing the plug-in Prius to allow for either NiMH OR L-Ion. That’s the way to go if you are serious about building a plug-in soon.

    I own two hybrids and am ready to trade in my 2002 Prius for the first practical plug-in that comes along.

  • juxtapos99

    I still haven’t heard anything about an option for a gas-free Volt. Shouldn’t GM consider this as well? With all the buzz around the Tesla, doesn’t it makes sense for GM to offer a simple option to replace the range extender with a larger battery or a second battery?

    I wonder what kind of mileage the Volt would get without its range extender, maybe 60 miles? So if the range extender (1.4L 72hp 4-cyl engine) weighs 150 lbs and the normal battery weighs 400 lbs, then a 550 lb larger battery could be the replacement, and would give a range of maybe 85 miiles? Ok, that’s terrible for an EV… anyone have more realistic numbers for this hypothetical Volt?

    (battery specs – http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/04/03/gms-chevy-volt-update-all-systems-go-malibu-based-mules-comin/)

    An 85 mile range for a gas-free Volt would bad, but it’s an option to sell more Volts, especially considering the current meager selection of EVs to choose from. If I’m willing to spend $3000 on a convenience package, then I wouldn’t mind shelling out a few thousand more for a battery upgrade/electric-only package. I look at the range extender as a drag on the 40 miles of gas-free driving I would try to do everyday, and a waste for the 600 miles of daily driving I would rarely, if ever do – plus I already have a regular car for distance driving if need be.

    So with a simple option package, the Volt could be the first mass-produced, mid-priced, mid-sized EV!! Hmmm.

  • RS

    This article contains an error. A Prius is not a parallel hybrid. It’s a series/parallel hybrid. The Honda Civic hybrid is a parallel hybrid. The difference is that in a parallel hybrid, both the gas engine and the electric motor always provide power to the wheels. In a series/parallel hybrid, only the electric motor provides power to the wheels, until the gas engine kicks in to provide power to the wheels as well, when higher speeds are needed (or to recharge the battery or power electrical components).

    The thing about the Volt that doesn’t make sense to me is that series hybrids are very efficient in stop-and-go driving, but not as much so in constant high-speed driving. Parallel hybrids are very efficient in constant high-speed driving, but not as much in stop-and-go driving. The Prius combines both of these techniques to achieve maximum efficiency. Why doesn’t the Volt utilize a parallel drivetrain when it’s efficient, and a series drivetrain after the battery-only range has been exhausted, instead of using the parallel drivetrain at all times?

  • Lane B

    Everyone needs to check out the Aptera. It gets incredible gas millage and is not a smoke and mirrors trick.

    http://www.aptera.com

    I can’t wait until they go onsale.

  • Kirk J Nason

    The Aperta, “The Wingless Bird”, is awesome in its potential, but remember this vehicle is not in the same class as a car and does not need to go through the same safety standards. Because it is a three wheel vehicle, it is in the class of a motorcycle and can get away with many saftey standards that cars manufactures can’t.

    With the Hybrid incentives just passed a person will be eligible for a $7.5k tax credit on the future Volt. This should bring the price down in the low $30k’s. Read the latest news at http://www.gm-volt.com

  • Sabastian

    Hmmm sounds like the EV-1 (anyone watch who killed the electric car). I have found a way to make the millage almost unlimited. I am just not sure who to release it to. I know I would be in danger if I did release it and also that someone in the big companies would steal it from me. I have tested the theory and it seems to work.

  • simon@syd

    Does anyone know how this car will drive after the battery is exhausted and is being charged by a small gasoline engine?

  • Dave Spotton

    They claim that it will run the same. The car will never run on the engine. If the bats are low the engine will run a generator to charge them. The car will then be powered by the elec. motors. The “little” engine you say, the last I heard, was enlarged to a 2.0 that is bigger then what in a my toyota and most smaller cars.

  • mike grant

    wow! No doubt there are folks from GM posting in here to stain Toyota. More sleazy GM bulls.

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  • Bryce

    Can’t wait for my Volt. Counting down the days here. : )

  • Dave Spotton

    IF GM has money to build it..I heard some talk that it MAY be pushed back.

  • Xiaowei1

    my understanding is the battery once depleted will remain so until plugged-in for a recharge (or you would be using the generator to recharge when you should be using the grid). The generator is still currently 1.4L engine, not a 2L as posted above.

  • Bryce

    yea, it is a 1.4l

  • Geaorge

    40,000 dollars! Screw that. Half of all americans barely make 50K per/yr and you expect someone to pay 4 grand for a vehicle with a range of only 40 miles between charging. Maybe if the united states and the us automakers pulled their heads out of their arses and thought long term rather than just for next week then you could engineer a vhehicle that was more earth friendly and cost effective. Lets start with auditing gm, the us treasury, the usg and opec. You people have lost it.

    I’m going to build a car that runs on air and sell it for 10 grand with a 3 year warranty bumper to bumper. It will have a 100 mile range and cost almost nothing to fill it. Then you idiots can spend billions bailing each others balls out all day long while the american public laughs at you.

  • Bryce

    I look forward to your start-up company.

  • Dave Spotton

    There was talk from GM that they were not going to put in the 1.4 turbo and going with the larger 2.0 engine to run the gen. Who knows what it will be when and IF the car is ever built..

  • Bryce

    originally it was actually speculated as a 1L turbo. It has sense been announced by GM that it will be a non-turbo direct injected 1.4L four cylinder.

  • r34p3r

    the chevy volt is so cool i just want to hot wire one and steal it

  • Engineer

    “They are in the business of making money just like ALL business’s, and gas guzzling vehicles sell very well and with huge profit margins.”

    Do you think they should be in the business of loosing money, you moron. Do you think you would have a job if your employer took the same perspective ?

  • Uncle B

    Post (GRD) great republican depression, the remaining working population of America will drive Buick LeSabres and Cavalier-like cars made in China. These cars are a current-day reality on the streets of China, and await export to the U.S. on the docks of Shanghai as we speak! The elitist uber-rich shareholders of GM had GM-America teach GM-China how to build these cars using 85 cent and hour, Chinese peasant women, the supply of which is unending and self-regenerating in China. The Uber rich chose these women over the North American car builders for quite apparent economic reasons! The current “bail-out bullshit” is a smoke-screen devised by the Uber-rich bastards, to foist liability for the large number of unemployed they intend to create, from the private sector, over to the public sector to relieve themselves of any undue expenses, before they collapse expensive North American operations in favor of highly profitable Chinese and Asian operations. Remember, they now own both, are dumping the American white elephant, and the workers, and the old factories, liabilities, environmental cleanups, and all, for more profitable Asian production centers, so that they can be truly competitive with Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and the like! It is a good, sound business strategy for the uber-rich shareholders, and by selling American stock and buying Asian stock, they slide away to new fields of immense profits, liability free as they collapse American corporations, and Yankee doodle gets it up the brown spot, hard and firm, once again, and is left, smarting and holding the bag! Any truly innovative and advanced ideas will be incorporated into the new Chinese built, highly “profitable for shareholders” cars. The “Volt” is a 1969 chevelle body, complete with sheet metal and hydraulic support, engine removed, battery pack added, a nightmare of 1930’s greasepit engineering – no servo’s, no drive by wire, no plastics, no carbon fiber, no magnesium parts, no aluminum, no advanced polymer composites – Hell, even Hyundai is trying to make better, lighter bodies from recycled soda bottles, and Henry Ford did a number with Soy-plastics way back when! There is no way in Hell, that a major corporation in the country that put a man on the moon can be so backwards, unless they have other motivations, they just are not that stupid!

  • raschmidt1

    Doesn’t the positive tone of this article date it?
    Shouldn’t it be revamped and updated to reflect GM’s current disparate situation, that of facing bankruptcy?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve already put down money on a 2010 Prius. I’m not waiting for GM any longer!

  • Jeddy

    I’ve purchased a 2010 Prius as well. It comes late May/early June. I can’t believe this thread has been yakking on the volt so long.

    It just shows how pathetic GM really is.

  • Jeddy

    I’ve purchased a 2010 Prius as well. It comes late May/early June. I can’t believe this thread has been yakking on the volt so long.

    It just shows how pathetic GM really is.

  • Anonymous

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  • Benjamin

    Hi just a question.. must you really “plug-in” to charge the Chevy Volt? what if you’re staying in a high-rise building.. how are you going to charge it?

  • Stan Smart

    The small 4-cly gas engine charges the batteries, as needed. Regenerative braking also
    charges the batteries. So, no, the car doesn’t have to be plugged in. But without that option you’d get much less impressive MPG.

  • RoTimi Waddy

    This looks very interesting and can’t wait to test drive it!

  • Anonymous

    GM talks to much they’re always talking about the products but ware is it? THEY’RE NOT SHOWING ANYTHING BUT PICTURES!!!!!

  • Dianna

    hi!

  • BobIII

    GM talks to much they’re always talking about the products but ware is it? THEY’RE NOT SHOWING ANYTHING BUT PICTURES!!!!!
    —————–
    Check out the pre-production cars that are already built; they are being tested and tweaked before the Nov 2010 release date:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZDOdvl5DSk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlVAMt_xLz0

  • Stan Smart

    Pictures … Videos … Live chats with GM execs … it’s on:

    http://www.chevroletvoltage.com

    This is GM’s official Chevy volt website!

  • nazim

    it looks a very beutiful in its shape but something is missing on it

  • Everett

    If parking meters also provided charging, the incremental cost of a plug-in hybrid could be cut in half. All this would require is for one or two cities (e.g. NYC or D.C.) to reserve 2-3% of parking spots for plug-in hybrids and provide curbside charging.

    Given the demand for parking, this would give hybrid manufacturers an essentially guarranteed market. Nothing drives innovation more than the prospect of profits.

  • Dave Spotton

    The avg. person NOT if LA or DC will not see one. Chevy is nutz to think that they are going to sell a Cobolt based, thats the platform, for 40 grand plus dealer mark up so what 45 or 50 grand. This car would sell faster than GM could build it for 27, a bit more than a hybrid. This car will be just as had to find in middle america as F40 or a Enzo..

  • Mitch

    To manage such a human life is nozt enough, the life expectancy of members of elite families on average – years.
    I am from Emirates and now study English, give please true I wrote the following sentence: “Need the trend plan on the year of the hood cover with the porsche counter.This car begins then through the businessman and receives chassis through the equipment.”

    Best regards :p, Mitch.

  • Jeddy

    OMG! They still haven’t released this thing?

    What’s the hold up????

  • Michael Jordan

    hi, I just left the first public showing of the chevy volt, although the talk of the group was more focused on how the city of San Diego is greening itself up , the volt was the guest of honor. I gotta say it looks way cooler than a pruis, has incrediblely sleek interior, and the led screen and interior lights will imo be something to think about when deciding between future prius models and the volt.
    Being on vacation in California and having the chance to see how green rides are evolving, the feeling of progress is strong. San Diego is ready to leap into sustainable transportation and it’s inspiring to see it happen.

  • Anonymous

    i am very glad the volt is in the process. GM had an oppertunity with the EV1. perfectly good car,people loves it. atleast the ones that Knew about them. My question is still why they got rid of the EV1. they would be 11 years ahead of most.

  • Estetik Doktoru

    Looks aesthetic and agressive. Standard production may not be as well

  • pjkPA

    If the Chevy VOLT is anywhere near as good as the EV1 it will be a great car.. I drove a EV1 and it was fantastic. Some of the Engineers that worked on the EV1 worked on the VOLT… looks to me to be a revolutionary vehicle… many are in the process of copying its technology. Electric is the way to go. get rid of the transmission and the gas… just make it all electric or put in a small hydrogen fuel cell to help the batteries.

  • pjkPA

    If the Chevy VOLT is anywhere near as good as the EV1 it will be a great car.. I drove a EV1 and it was fantastic. Some of the Engineers that worked on the EV1 worked on the VOLT… looks to me to be a revolutionary vehicle… many are in the process of copying its technology. Electric is the way to go. get rid of the transmission and the gas… just make it all electric or put in a small hydrogen fuel cell to help the batteries.

  • Brent

    Hey moron, maybe you should actually read the article. They are two entirely different types of drive-trains. Keep buying foreign you idiot. fools like you are the reason the economy is the way it is

  • El Diablo

    Wow, this thread’s going on 2 years now?
    GM has had the right electric motor/chassis design and they could’ve given it to us by now.
    I wish they would stop forcing us to wait for these infamous “Lithium Batteries”, that are supposedly so ideal.
    I mean really?!!
    Why can’t they design in a cheaper, reduced range battery pack of lead acid batteries, NiMH or something else, then let us upgrade to the Lithium battery packs later when they become more available and cheaper?
    The older, cheaper batteries can always be recycled, when they become obsolete.
    Then we can at least be, fairly cheaply, running mostly in hybrid mode off gas (and hopefully E85) and be “ready” for the future…

  • Car Parts

    The only thing holding these cars back is the economies of scale making them cheaply enough. They need to really subsidize them. You can not get off oil without some major subsidies to get the costs down.

  • BaustinB

    I’m sorry, but the numbers don’t add up in an economic sense. You would have to drive the volt for 10 years (without ever using the Volt’s gas engine) with gas at $4.50 per gallon in order to own and operate the Volt for less than the Cruze (essentially the same sized vehicle).

    Volt Cruze
    price $32,500 $18,000
    Ave MPG n/a 35
    mile/year 12,000 12,000
    Gas/gallon $4.50
    $/yr for gas $0 $1,543
    # yrs driven10 10
    Cost of gas $0 $15,429
    Elec Cost/yr$792 $0
    Cost of Elec.$7,920 $0
    Resale value$9,100.00 $1,800.00

    Total Cost: $31,320 $31,629

    Assumptions:
    1. Volt never fires up engine.
    2. Gas remains at $4.5/gallon.
    3. Purchase price for Cruze estimated.
    4. Volt price includes Fed rebate.
    5. MPG for Cruze estimated.
    6. Volt needs 300 charges per year
    7. Electric cost est from gm-volt.com
    8. Cruze retains 10% value at resale
    9. Volt retains 28% resale value
    10. Maintenance $ = for Cruze and Volt

  • Garrett G

    In reply to BaustinB –>

    BaustinB you are absolutely correct in the economic sense, however you are missing part of the point of alternative vehicles; which is to decrease our dependence on foreign oil while emitting less pollution at the same time. In your assumption you stated that the Volt will never fire up its engine. Therefore the only pollution given off is that of the electric companies for charging the vehicle, which is substantially less than driving the Cruze around for 10 years. People need to make a decision of how they would like to impact the Earth for future generations. I personally feel it’s worth spending the extra money up front to make a change for the better.

  • Michael Puntillo

    Hello; My name is Michael we think the Chevy volt is good and
    will make General Motors richer then you ever dreamed to be.
    What you need to do is build them and sell them. What are
    you waiting for ??? Convertibles are wanted. Place a electric
    produceing wind generator in the front of it will help the battery.
    The wind hits the front of all moveing things lets use it to turn the
    generator makeing electicity to keep the battery peaked.
    L.E.D. lamps for all lighting will be good, placeing solar chips in with
    them will also help the battery. Putting solar cells on the hood and trunk will help the battery. The brake generating system will help the battery too. If the electric motor is geered with a generator
    there will be no need to plug it in, just drive.
    You have heard from Mihael Anthony Puntillo of Norwich, Connecticut USA. “BLESS THEM ALL”
    When you start selling please keep me in mind and e-mail me. I would like to help you. So just call. Thank you.

  • johnny

    Michael Puntillo are you ever an idiot. You are proposing what is essentially a clunky version of the perpetual motion machine. It won’t work.

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    SOMEONE PLEASE DARE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION???
    THE ONLY QUESTION IS THIS???
    WHEN ELECTRIC CARS BECOME THE MOST POPULAR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION WHO IS GONNA STOP THE POLITICIANS FROM TAXING THE KILOWATT AT THE SAME RATE AS GASOLINE.
    THERE WILL BE NO COST SAVINGS.
    SO WHAT IS THE POINT //???
    JUST ASK YOURSELF WHO IS RUNNING GENERAL MOTORS…

  • Michael Puntillo

    Hello! Johnny :
    Perpetual motion is not just a word.
    We have the technology. I hope
    closed minded people like you wake-up
    and smell the coffee. Because it dose work
    battery & magnets that’s all needed.
    The greed of the dollar is what’s been going on
    since 1900s when they took all electric auto’s
    away to sell fuel to travel on.
    Now with the earth in bad shape and the grace
    from God is changing the minds of people to do
    something soon or we will not have a earth to
    live on. Think about it. I hope you support the
    electric plug-in vehicles is the right first step.
    I thank you for your feed back.
    Your friend
    Michael Puntillo

  • Garrett G

    dnmal,

    Just as I stated a few comments earlier with BaustinB, the WHOLE point of driving hybrid and alternative vehicles is to reduce pollution in addition to less consumption of fuel whether it be petroleum or electricity. We may get to that point where they will cost just as much to refuel as the cars of today. However, electric cars are incredibly more efficient than conventional gasoline cars due to the electric motor. So less fuel used overall means more reserves to last longer for the almost 7 billion people living on Earth as of right now and less pollution. Make sense? If you feel the need to educate yourself further in the subject read here about peak oil

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  • dreamer

    oh there’s still patents open, don’t worry. Even a single mechanical change to the architecture would render it a new patent and don’t forget their are time limits to patents…….after they expire, they are open for everyone’s eyes. If you have the mechanical and electrical skills to make a prototype of an electric car that runs from a generator……go for it. It’s not as easy as you think. However, we have the technology, and I think there’s starting to be too much hype into the research and development of these so-called fuel cells and LI battery packs. Just wait….if GM or one of these other BIG companies don’t roll out with theirs by 2013…..I’ll drive one out of my backyard that will go 200mpg on B20. It might not pass EPA inspections, but that will only be because I don’t have any NOx soakers just laying around for spare parts. Think I’m BSing…..I’ll call it the ItUS for I Told You So. There’s still one thing they haven’t thought of, how do I know this? Because I have the patent on it and it’s being hidden until I can develope the prototype. Too bad Ford didn’t give the job I applied for….I could have given them the perpetually electric Stang.

  • dreamer

    oh there’s still patents open, don’t worry. Even a single mechanical change to the architecture would render it a new patent and don’t forget their are time limits to patents…….after they expire, they are open for everyone’s eyes. If you have the mechanical and electrical skills to make a prototype of an electric car that runs from a generator……go for it. It’s not as easy as you think. However, we have the technology, and I think there’s starting to be too much hype into the research and development of these so-called fuel cells and LI battery packs. Just wait….if GM or one of these other BIG companies don’t roll out with theirs by 2013…..I’ll drive one out of my backyard that will go 200mpg on B20. It might not pass EPA inspections, but that will only be because I don’t have any NOx soakers just laying around for spare parts. Think I’m BSing…..I’ll call it the ItUS for I Told You So. There’s still one thing they haven’t thought of, how do I know this? Because I have the patent on it and it’s being hidden until I can develope the prototype. Too bad Ford didn’t give the job I applied for….I could have given them the perpetually electric Stang.

  • Allan Israel

    Assuming the Chevy Volt DOES go into production in November,2010, what I want to know is when approximatelty will it become available in the United Kingdom as I would be extremely interested in buying one as the cost of gas over here is just crazy!!

  • Partially Blind

    It occurred to me that this same conversation about this same car has been going on for three years now, and thats only if you limit the conversation to what is said in this forum, I dont usually comment in forums, but its pretty clear someone should point out how its not getting us anywhere to just talk about how we arent getting anywhere. We already know there is little incentive to car companies to design a car that will ultimately make them less money. Lets stop talking and take some action, pull our money together and make our own car company, with as many people who have posted in this one forum alone about this issue there is bound to be enough finances, not to mention will power and knowledge to get something done. The problem is we have all forgotten that we are the people, we have the strength in numbers, but instead of using that strength we go off into our own separate corners to cry about it. Its like we are all in a hijacking, and instead of just rushing the hijacker all at once we fall to the ground like we are helpless. The only difference is the hijacker doesn’t have a bomb and there is no mutually assured destruction if we try and fail. Who are we congress and senate? Is this just going to be another addition to the ever-growing to-do list. The situation does have a time limit, we cant just sit around talking about it until its too late, we just bailed gm out, who cares if they lose money, they already would be out of business if it wasnt for our tax money.

    As far as Im concerned, if we paid to keep these car companies in business then their business should involve getting every person in the nation a clean running vehicle that will last long enough, and then go out of business forever, end of story, except the part where we realize we cant pave the world and that wheeled land based vehicles are doomed to be a thing of the past. Which only furthers the point that these car companies can go out of business, cause we wont need them to make cars forever, we just need clean running cars to last us until we can figure out teleportation or something.Or better yet, learn how to be satisfied with where we are, and not feel the need to frequently move hundreds of miles a day. Believe it or not, it is possible to live on one plot of land and survive, not just survive but live a long fulfilling life. I think they use to call it subsistence farming. Ultimately the problem isnt really with fossil fuels or automobiles, its with us, and our point of view on what it means to live, until we change that, we are only going to have the same problems as always, I think ill wrap it up with a quote from Albert Einstein: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

  • Smith

    chevy-volt is technologically advanced car & having the capability to travel 40 miles on electricity alone at first glance. GM’s most significant effort to date to move past gasoline an extended-range sedan with a 230 mpg city rating. It will certainly leap frog any car on the market except for all-electric cars like the Nissan Leaf.
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  • James Daly

    I’ll bet you won’t even get 40 miles per charge when using the heating or air conditioning. I wish electric car manufacturers would give a mileage range per charge when using either heating or air conditioning.

  • JD

    Let’s say the Volt does cost 40k, just for fun. The people who have commented that it would not be an economic pay back for many years, you are correct. However it would be worth it to me just to use less Oil, foreign or domestic.

    I live in a town in Oregon, we have ~ 50,000 people here. I live ~ 5 miles from work. Most days my Wife and I drive < 20 miles, total. So we would be able to plug in and never use any gas, unless we are going on trip, that would be great. It would be better for the environment and all money spent on electricity would be staying here in the US. Also the car should cost less to maintain, no oil changes and such.

    There are some issues that would need to be solved…

    Road Tax
    Where to get all that electricity from, not coal
    Battery longevity and replacement cost
    Just to name a few.

    However doing nothing is not an option. No matter how much Oil you believe is out there, it will become scarce, and therefore much more expensive. The fact that we import ~ 60% of our Oil today is a problem by itself. Even if we could afford to do this long term, which I question, it poses other risks to our economy. Like an Oil embargo, remember the 1970s. Right now most of us have no choice but to use an Oil based fuels in our cars, this at least gives us a choice. Some people will buy this technology simply because in cuts out the (or down) on the power of the Oil companies. In just the last two years or so gas has gone as high as 4.50 per gal, and as low as 1.80 per gal, this just makes people mad. They will pay more just not to be manipulated by the Oil companies and the world Oil markets.

    The Volt seems like a very good 1st step. The onboard generator that makes this car a short distance and long distance car in one, that is what has been holding the electric car back for years now. That problem, for now, has been solved. The automobile has come a long way in the last 100 years or so. Batteries should improve over time if there is a market for them, this would seem to provide that market.

    What ever comes to market 1st, Volt, Leaf or other plug in cars, will spark improvements and bring down the cost.

    One of my biggest concerns is that this technology will catch on, and the cost of gas will go way down. This could send us right back to the pre and post Oil embargo way of thinking. This could put the technology on the back burner and stifle future investments. Being that we have burned by shortages in the past and recent price volatility in the present, maybe we won’t be so easily fooled this time.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • Miles Prower

    3 years ago, EX-EV1 DRIVER says: “My only problem is that from what I can tell, the Volt is simply vaporware. It could be a decade or more before it actually hits the market – if ever.”

    March 31, 2010 – The first Chevy Volt rolls off the production line!! : )

    I’m not saying that to be rude, I’m just excited that it made it from concept to production in such a short time frame. Especially since these types of concepts usually are vaporware. I never much cared for the look of the EV1, but I’d buy one in a heartbeat if they were still making them (and not crushing them).

  • Jerry

    GM has just released the Voltec-powered crossover it is unveiling in Beijing China. It is new concept that is Volt MPV concept & this is five person multi-purpose vehicle. The new Chevrolet Volt MPV5 will be powered by the same extended range electric car power train the Volt sedan will use. Anybody know about this.
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    GM has just released the Voltec-powered crossover it is unveiling in Beijing China. It is new concept that is Volt MPV concept & this is five person multi-purpose vehicle. The new Chevrolet Volt MPV5 will be powered by the same extended range electric car power train the Volt sedan will use. Anybody know about this.
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  • Gene Putman

    Chevy as darken my view of them since their last electric car and how they handled it. I can not trust them.

  • Samantha

    I hope this isn’t just lip service! I’m tired of talk. Make me a believer! And I agree with the person who commented on getting 100 mpg. We can go to the moon but we can’t build more efficient and affordable cars! Right.

  • samantha

    You comments make a lot of sense. I personally would pay more for a car just to get out from under the oil companies & foreign oil dependance…even if the price of gas went back to $1. Just knowing that I’m contributing to such greediness & environmental destruction saddens me….especially when I see oil spills like we just had!!!

  • Elliot

    I will go on record as saying that I have doubted GM from the beginning. I never doubted their R&D prowess, rather I doubted the motives of their executives. Well, I still don’t trust them at all, but will also say that I will be in line to buy one if these actually hit the showrooms. One I pay off my 2008 HiHy I will be looking at the Volt or MPV5 for my next car.

    Come on GM….give me something to buy!

  • lawrence basham

    Run your 220 volt clothes dryer on high heat for 8 hours per day for as many days per week that you drive your car. Your ensuing electric bill will reveal clues of your cost of operating the Chevy Volt. Coal powered elcetrical grids willl love the new business from these new plug in cars. For me, diminutive, frugal, efficient combustion engine cars like those sold in Europe and elsewher BUT NOT YET SOLD HERE IN THE STATES is the real answer to energy independence. It is criminal that the U.S. has not yet reigned in the gas guzzling behemoths that have been on our roads for decadent decades. Bring me an akready proven 50 mpg capable Chevy Metro of the mid 1990s, it’d sure beat anything else I’ve read about to conserve energy.

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    Hmmm…Personally I would love to be drive a car up for1445 miles in a single tank of gas. FUSION HYBRID AVERAGES 81.5 MPG, SETS WORLD RECORD WITH 1,445 MILES ON SINGLE TANK OF GAS. This is mighty impressive Why would people buy a VOLT which is more than $10,000+ more & charging electric cars are not always a practical option(not currently). It takes time to charge(long hours using 110Volts), unlike hair loss supplements filling-up gas in stations which will only take a few minutes. Sure the Volt has been computed to have a 320 mpg rating if your daily use is below 40 miles per day, which 80% of Americans do. The 80 -20 rule was why they aimed at 40 miles for electric driving. If 80% of Americans drove 45 miles per day the Volt would be aimed at 45 miles of electric driving. The ford fusion hybrid sort of reminds me about of a gasoline sedan with diesel like compact European cars mileage. Less money, long range, loss hassle more oomph with a trunk to boot. Remind me why I should get excited with the volt?…..

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  • Hellinos

    LiPo (Lithium Polymer) batteries have a nasty tendency to overheat and explode if incorrectly charged due to their solid state. I can see why Chevy would opt out of it but I do agree. LiPo would be much better if they had a well monitored charging system. What that would cost, however, very well could be higher than their current power source… I’m sure they thought of it, and they probably have their reasons.

  • Rocky Montana

    Ok guys, the price is dissapointment. Its like the 2012 Ford Focus Electric. I know GM might lose money on each Volt it sells, but how if the GM couldnt handle it anymore? Its mean cost money isn’t it?. The price is exactly what could prevent the Chevy Volt from mainstream success even though some 2012 car reviews says the car is having so much advantages. I fear they aren’t going to experience anything close to the initial interest and reservations that Chevy and Nissan had. I really expected a bit more from the Volt. What a let down.

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  • Tom Walker

    Anyone truly concerned with the future security of their families can see the benefits of being able to drive a car even when gasoline is not available. Imagine the 1979 oil crunch lines today with so many more cars on the road- disaster is on the horizon. All it would take is Iran blocking Hormuz, an Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia, mini Nuclear Winter from an India/Pakistan nuclear war…

    Enter a plug in hybrid. Yes they are clearly at the disadvantage, especially at this point in time, when you compare them to a Hybrid. But a car that can buzz you around without any form of gasoline is a huge advantage. I look back at the last 4 months of driving I’ve done, and I could have driven nearly all of it without gas if I had a plug in. Kudos for Chevy for mass producing a series hybrid. If a series hybrid had a solar panel roof it might rarely if ever need gasoline!

    The Volt is horrendously expensive, and mass producing these batteries is an issue. (Hey Evo Morales help your people and start exporting that Lithium from the salt flats! Better yet Evo invite engineers to actually build the batteries there instead of just export the raw material!) I could buy a Toyota Yaris on the cheap, get great gas mileage and finally end up paying as much for an expensive hybrid after 10-15 years but that defeats the purpose. All of those 15 years you’d have been tied to petroleum and given away thousands to a multinational oil company that pollutes and spills and makes obscene profits. Not to mention the emissions. I live in California, we have hydro and cleaner burning Natural gas and wind electricity(5% of total power in a few years!) which has a smaller footprint and toxicity than gasoline burning. If I had grid-tie solar panels at home, the electricity used to charge the car would be generated while Im at work.

    I digress- if there was war in Iran tomorrow upsetting the oil market, a disabling earthquake cutting gasoline deliveries in California, a hurricane destroying refineries in Texas… if its 25 years from now when China and India have as many cars as the rest of the world combined and gas is $10 a gallon- The Chevy Volt could STILL drive me around town with just electricity! Couldn’t a car like this drive someone around conceivably with NO gasoline if the roof is embedded with a solar panel? It might take a day to charge, or you might be only able to go 5 miles an hour…but driving without using gasoline should be a priority to anyone concerned about Pollution, The Environment, Sustainability, Security and staying out of Global Conflicts.

    Plus BONUS- You’re buying American with a Volt!

  • Tommy Walker

    I like the comparison, its funny because the comparison made me want to drive the Volt instead of the Cruz! Plus you dont point out that $14,000 dollars of gasoline over 10 years is going to the damn multinational oil companies instead of a american car company making tomorrows technology! not to mention the total lack of CO2 emissions and pollution by the volt. you didnt mention maintenance which severely skews your calculations in favor of the volt- an oil change every 3000 miles over 10 years for 120000 miles at $40 a change is $1600 dollars, plus pollution factor of using 300+ gallons of oil. Not to mention brakes, transmission… everything combustion engine!

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    Over time, skepticism has faded. That’s due in part to efforts by GM’s PR group to be unusually transparent about the Volt’s development, timetable, and technical challenges. The company has brought dozens of journalists into its development labs, letting them interview vehicle executives, visit testing facilities, and see in-process styling mockups. GM executives have repeatedly called the car “our most important project.” The most critical aspect of the Volt is its lithium ion battery pack. Unlike the Tesla Roadster, which uses 6,831 commodity mobile-phone batteries in its pack, the Volt will use 250 larger cells, provided by Korea’s LG Chem.

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  • Khadgars

    Love the Volt, plan on getting a used one in a couple years. But 2012 is going to be a very important year for the Volt and they’re going to need to hit close to that 60,000 Volts globally to really get some momentum going for the brand and I think they will.

  • Texas is Hot

    I live in Texas where the weather has no mercy especially when driving in a car. Seems like very electric car thats being introduced don’t mention if the vehicle has a air conditioning.

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  • ACAgal

    I have a mature car. Taking that car’s, mileage I have computed fuel at today’s cost basis at $22,00. I saw some young guys hotdogging it in the hills in Denver. They were having a blast. Out of curiosity, I did a test drive about two weeks ago, and liked the car’s response. I found there is a waiting list for these cars, in my part of this state. To answer a previous poster, the Volt has AC, with the higher cost trim package heated seats are provided, no power seats available…to cut weight. At the end of my test drive, it was indicated the fuel usage was at 71m/g,

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    I no longer have a mature car. I talked with a dealer and test drove a Volt the week the deliveries were being resumed (March 2012). None of the dealerships had products, just demos. Most of the deliveries that came in were pre-sold, but I got the car (June 2012). Apparently this is one car where sales are increasing, as more of us take the test drive and get hooked.

    The Volt is very easy to drive, smooth, great control, accelerates beautifully (as fast or as slow as needed), better turning radius than I’ve ever had before, and I always buy a car with a good turning radius.

    The car feels ergonomically designed, controls easy to reach and it is very functional. One thing I didn’t know, until I started this process was that there is a mountain driving option, which tells the generator to produce the extra energy for climbs, and the driver shifts into low to get regenerative energy on the down grade. If one is driving from here east, hill climbing skills are a necessity. I can voice command the phone, or radio, etc the charge status is reported to my computer/or smart phone in real time….and other stuff I consider icing on the cake. I haven’t driven the car very far, yet, and so far only used electric mode. Beauty and brains (the hard drive), all in the same package.

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  • Matteo

    Have the people who have purchased “hybrid” cars considered the financial “sacrifice” they are making? The cost of these power packs range anywhere from $7,000 to $11,000 dollars to replace. What sane car dealer is going to want to take a hybrid in on a trade. A diesel engine (VW @ Audi) has a lower carbon emition than a hybrid and get approximately the same fuel economy while giving you a real driving experience and giving you a vehicle that dealers will gladly give a very respectable trade in value. The French rely on Fusion for 85% of their electricity. They have made is safer by using balls rather than rods in their reactors thus spreading the heat over many objects rather than one big one. Why can’t a very small ball with plenty of protection around it be produced and used as fuel for an automobile? But, of course the oil companies would be out of business and that wouldn’t be good, would it?

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  • Todd Perry

    Nice car but very over priced. The technology for great hybrids for years. Honda Insight was out in 2000 for around $12,000 starting price and was well worth the money. Tho this car has a lot of bells and whistles, to me its over priced for what it is. Chevy needs to come out with a reasonable priced hybrid that gets at least 75mpg like Honda did in 2000 that we all can afford and not just one over priced for the upper class.

  • TODD D PERRY

    Nice car but very over priced. The technology for great hybrids for years. Honda Insight was out in 2000 for around $12,000 starting price and was well worth the money. Tho this car has a lot of bells and whistles, to me its over priced for what it is. Chevy needs to come out with a reasonable priced hybrid that gets at least 75mpg like Honda did in 2000 that we all can afford and not just one over priced for the upper class.

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  • ACAgal

    I’ve got a Volt, in my garage. It is as good as or better than advertised. We love it, and I love not having to go to a stinky gas station and pump gas in summer heat…..well we haven’t pumped gas into it yet.

    My biggest complaint is that this was supposed to be MY car, but my husband likes it so well that he drives it. The one thing I wasn’t expecting was how much of a “head turner” this car is…..people not only stop dead in their tracks, they turn, point and their heads follow the car.

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