General Motors will donate a Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range to the nonprofit Colorado Conservation Trust.
This gift is for the group to auction off in support of its “Q for Conservation” event, which has generated more than $1.5 million for conservation projects statewide in its seven-year history.
“The Chevy Volt is just one symbol of the innovative steps we need to take in protecting our land and water resources, in Colorado and nationwide,” said Colorado Conservation Trust Chairman Pete Leavell.
The Volt was presented September 12, the second consecutive year that GM has donated a Volt to support the trust.
Gm also said that Colorado residents can save on purchasing a Volt through a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and a state of Colorado income tax credit of up to $6,000.
“Our commitment to the environment starts with efficient, lasting products that are fun to drive,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. “We’re building them in facilities with environmental credentials, from wildlife habitat certifications and solar power to those that are completely landfill-free. We realize the business value in protecting our natural resources and supporting those dedicated to conservation.”
Chevrolet said the Volt has a total driving range of up to 380 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 38 miles, it can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 342 miles on a full tank.
Per Chevrolet, Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive 900 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station about once a month.
The 2014 Volt is rated at 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 city/40 highway (gas) without any need to change daily driving habits. Volt owners to date have logged 364 million miles in their Volts, including 225 million electric miles.