Volt Wins Alternative-Fuel Award in UK

The Chevrolet Volt has been acclaimed as winner of the “Alternative-fuel category” in the WHATCAR? Green Awards 2012.

Not to be confused with the “Green Car” category award which the publication gave this year to the BMW 320d and last year to the Vauxhall Ampera – which is functionally identical to this year’s “alternative fuel” winner –editor in chief, Chas Hallet, explained the Volt’s placing:

“The Chevrolet Volt is an alternative-fuel car without compromise. It can travel 40 miles on electric power then switches to its petrol engine,” he said, “so there’s no range-anxiety involved. It is also effortless to drive, quick, comfortable and whisper-quiet.”

Actually, the Volt is quite “green” but the publication essentially played musical chairs this year separating the Voltec drivetrain – this year in the Volt – into the alternative fuel category.

As an alternative-fuel solution, the Volt stands out because its wheels are powered by electricity at all times. The electric drive unit is supported by a small 1.4-liter gas-fuelled generator which seamlessly continues to power the battery, and keep the driver going further for longer.

The results are a total driving range of more than 300 miles and, according to figures produced on the official European Test Cycle (ECE R101), Volt achieves 235.4 mpg and combined tailpipe emissions of just 27g/km.

Beyond the innovative technology that drives the £29,995 ($48,730) Volt, there is plenty of practicality and an abundance of creature comforts to be found in the spacious 4-seater, including a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated leather seats and eight airbags.

Rebecca Lawman – Head of Marketing Chevrolet UK said “the key innovation of Volt is that it eliminates the concern of “range anxiety” while offering genuine electric vehicle ownership and benefits. As a result Volt has redefined expectations in the alternative-fuel sector, offering cleaner motoring without any compromise in terms of ownership.”

As well as benefiting from the government’s Plug-In Car Grant, zero VED, zero Congestion Charge and a 50 percent reduction in company car tax, Volt costs around £1.00 ($1.62) to fully charge in the UK, depending on tariff. But since it doesn’t rely on a public charging infrastructure for propulsion, it can continue to be driven normally on electric power if a charging point isn’t available.


  • MrEnergyCzar

    What is this, the 36th Volt award so far?

    MrEnergyCzar

  • Anonymous

    Agreed…its sales are so behind…Prius PHEV has ALREADY outsold what the Volt has accomplished in its first 6 months of sales….Like the Volt but would not buy one….Toyota has surpassed its technology…the Hybrid/Electric is my only like at this point….we ALL have our own likes in cars ….the Plug in is my second Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive vehicle….I find the combination more practical and I had no trunk space and limited back seat when I looked at the Volt….must admit driving one was great but my opinions on the size/weight/capacity and only 37 mpg in gas mode also is a big turn off when my Prius 5 Liftback as it is called now exceeded the 51 MPG all of the time I owned it before trading the Liftback for the ordered PHEV…..or PIP….a great car and gets over 200 mpge if you charge often….choices are what is available to us and my choice is very apparent….Chuck in NJ….

  • Van

    Yes, the parade of awards has grown a tad tedious.

    Today, on the Drudge Report, I saw an article that claimed the recent strong sales of the Volt was driven by dealer discounts of about $10,000 off the MSRP. If you couple that with the $7500 tax break, the price falls to less than $25,000. Now they should sell briskly at that price!!!

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @Van (stop your Volt hate)

    Wrote: “Today, on the Drudge Report, I saw an article that claimed the recent strong sales of the Volt was driven by dealer discounts of about $10,000 off the MSRP”

    Show the link please.

    The “most” discount that I have heard is the $5k discount by dealer. $10k is combined with the current tax credits.

    Please don’t make up lies.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @Anonymous

    Well, PIP is a good car. But regular Prius is a “better” car. What is the point of the PIP if you actually care about the MPG instead of the electric component?

    Pip is doing well b/c its “HOV stickers” espcially in CA. Volt didn’t take off b/c of that. In fact, Volt has FAR HIGHER sales in CA than PIP yet, according to the CA DMV, Pip has “claimed” more HOV stickers than the Volt. So, it is clearly that people in CA buy the PIP for carpool sticker (the cheap one available for HOV sticker).

    I personally care about performance. If you look around, almost 90% of the “cars” on the road carry less than 4 people at any given time. So, why worry about the 5-10% of the time? when performance such as acceleration, handling and braking are used just about every time.

    Also, PIP is rated 4 stars in safety where Volt is 5 star rated (regular Prius is 5 star rated). Somehow Toyota managed to fail the crash test by losing 1 star due to its increased weight in PIP. Sounds like a scam to me.

  • Van

    @ MMF, your personal comments questioning the qualifications and character of others bespeaks an empty suit. Only a mindless twit would claim to be so stupid they cannot goggle drudge and click on the article. LOL

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @Van (who happens to be someone who can’t read their own article).

    “Only a mindless twit would claim to be so stupid they cannot goggle drudge and click on the article.”

    Only an “mindless twit” who lacks GED would read only the first paragraph without reading the entire article.

    First of all, Drudge report doesn’t have any of their own article. They repost their other people’s crap.

    Secondly, the real article is here on Washington times. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/23/chevrolets-volt-selling-but-not-at-sticker-price/

    Now if you had read the article, you would see that they “reposted” their “quote” from truecar.com. Now if you actually had done some reading and real work, you would know that the $10k discount is mostly in the form of “Leasing”. And if you had gone to true car.com you would see the actual discount is in the range of $2k-$5k.

    Now let me educate you about leasing and how the $10k comes about. We also know that EV buyers get the $7,500 tax credits. However, if a vehicle is leased, then the leasing company gets the $7.5k, NOT buyers. So, the discounted leasing price is only about $2.5k. NOT like your lie which said: “I saw an article that claimed the recent strong sales of the Volt was driven by dealer discounts of about $10,000 off the MSRP. If you couple that with the $7500 tax break, the price falls to less than $25,000.”

    Maybe you should do some research and homework before you post like a “mindless twit” according to yourself. Finish your GED instead of posting unscientific comments here would help your case too…

  • Van

    Lets see:

    I was talking sales, not leases.

    How was the Volt discounted.

    1) MSRP lowered by $1000, i.e. 2011 MSRP 41,000, 2012 MSRP 39,995.

    2) Dealer discounts of up to $5000

    3) zero interest loan reduce price by up to $4000

    Or a total of $10,000 excluding the tax rebate.

    Therefore what I posted was spot on and was based on the AP story.

    “Today, on the Drudge Report, I saw an article that claimed the recent strong sales of the Volt was driven by dealer discounts of about $10,000 off the MSRP. If you couple that with the $7500 tax break, the price falls to less than $25,000. Now they should sell briskly at that price!!!”

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Van wrote:

    “1) MSRP lowered by $1000, i.e. 2011 MSRP 41,000, 2012 MSRP 39,995.

    2) Dealer discounts of up to $5000

    3) zero interest loan reduce price by up to $4000

    So, now you include the 0% as discount?
    First of all, 0% ended by July and it was only on 2012 models which doesn’t apply to August sales.
    Secondly, It is currently 0.9%. Many cars, including Ford and Toyota are offering that as well.
    Thirdly, the dealer discount of $5k is NO WHERE to be found by the Truecar.com which is the source of that STUPID AP article. Even by that article’s own admission, it said the “discount of up to $10k” was in the lease, NOT sales.

    Maybe next time you should read the source of your article instead of just quoting some titles when you have NO FREAKING clue on what you are talking about…

  • Van

    Mindless twits never stop digging when they are stuck in muck.

    The article included the zero and low interest loans as part of the $10,000 dollar incentive.

    There are zero and low interest loans available today in Chevy adds.

    And up to $5000 discounts are also found

    MMF has been shown to make false claims, i.e. Volt has no clutches, and his behavior on this thread reinforces that conclusion.

  • Van

    Quote without comment:

    “At that Maryland dealer, the collective incentive money went towards a massive $5,000 discount off the MSRP, resulting in a sticker price somewhere in the mid $20,000 after state and federal tax credits were applied.”

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