2011 Chevrolet Volt news, pictures, and information
CHEVROLET VOLT LEADS GENERAL MOTORS INTO ITS SECOND CENTURYGeneral Motors launched its next 100 years today by unveiling the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet Volt – a vehicle that delivers up to 40 miles of gasoline- and emissions-free electric driving, wîth the extended-range capability of hundreds of additional miles.
'Revealing the production version of the Chevy Volt is a great way to open our second century,' said Rick Wagoner, GM Chairman and CEO. 'The Volt is symbolic of GM's strong commitment to the future ... just the kind of technology innovation that our needs to respond to today's and tomorrow's energy and environmental challenges.'
Form follows function
The design of the Chevrolet Volt production car has evolved from the original concept that was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Because aerodynamics plays a key role in maximizing driving range, GM designers created an aerodynamically efficient design for the production vehicle. Many of the design cues from the concept vehicle endure in the production Volt, including the closed front grille, athletic stance, rear design graphics, outside rearview mirrors and more. The Volt's rounded and flush front fascia, tapered corners and grille are functional, enabling air to move easily around the car. In the rear, sharp edges and a carefully designed spoiler allow the air to flow off and away quickly. An aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass help reduce turbulence and drag.
Working closely wîth GM aerodynamicists to shape the Volt, design and engineering teams developed one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in GM's history. They spent hundreds of hours wîth the Volt in GM's wind tunnel, testing and re-testing parts such as the front and rear quarter panels, rear spoiler, rockers and side mirrors. Aerodynamic improvements enabled GM to reach the Volt's target of driving up to 40 miles (based on EPA city cycle) without using gasoline or producing emissions.
Some of Volt's interior technological features include:
• Driver-configurable, liquid crystal instrument display
• Standard seven-inch touch screen vehicle information display
• Touch screen-style climate and infotainment controls
• Optional navigation system wîth onboard hard drive for maps and music storage
• Standard Bluetooth for cellular phone and ÚSB/Bluetooth for music streaming
New era in automotive transportation
The Chevrolet Volt is leading a new era of electrification of the automobile by creating a new class of vehicle known as the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, or E-REV.
The Volt uses electricity to move the wheels at all times and speeds. For trips up to 40 miles, the Volt is powered only by electricity stored in its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery. When the battery's energy is depleted, a gasoline/E85-powered engine generator seamlessly provides electricity to power the Volt's electric drive unit while simultaneously sustaining the charge of the battery. This mode of operation extends the range of the Volt for several hundred additional miles, until the vehicle's battery can be charged. Únlike a conventional battery-electric vehicle, the Volt eliminates 'range anxiety,' giving the confidence and peace of mind that the driver will not be stranded by a depleted battery.
The Chevrolet Volt can be plugged either into a standard household 120v outlet or use 240v for charging. The vehicle's intelligent charging technology enables the Volt's battery to be charged in less than three hours on a 240v outlet or about eight hours on a 120v outlet. Charge times are reduced if the battery has not been fully depleted. At a cost of about 80 cents per day (10 cents per kWh) for a full charge that will deliver up to 40 miles of electric driving, GM estimates that the Volt will be less expensive to recharge than purchasing a cup of your favorite coffee. Charging the Volt about once daily will consume less electric energy annually than the average home's refrigerator and freezer units.
Charge out of driving
The Chevrolet Volt offers spirited driving performance in a remarkably quiet interior. More than 220 lithium-ion cells contained within the Volt's battery pack provide ample power. The Volt's electric drive unit delivers the equivalent of 150 horsepower, 273 lb-ft. (370 Nm) of instant torque, and a top speed of 100 miles per hour. The lack of engine noise, combined wîth special sound-deadening materials, make the Chevrolet Volt an extremely quiet vehicle to drive.
GM estimates that the Volt will cost about two cents per mile to drive while under battery power compared to 12 cents per mile using gasoline priced at $3.60 per gallon. For an average driver who drives 40 miles per day (or 15,000 miles per year), this amounts to a cost savings of $1,500 annually. Úsing peak electric rates, GM estimates that an electrically driven mile in a Chevy Volt will be about one-sixth of the cost of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. The cost savings are even greater when charging during off-peak hours, when electric rates are cheaper.
The Chevrolet Volt is expected to be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing facility, subject to GM successfully negotiating satisfactory government incentives. Production is scheduled to begin late 2010 for models in the Únited States. Pricing has not been announced.Source - GM
General Motors Celebrates Arrival of Chevrolet Volt in China• First electric vehicle wîth extended-range capability
• Available in domestic market in 2011
• Joining Expo 2010 VIP fleet
• Showcases technology beyond the battery wîth OnStar mobile application
General Motors celebrated the arrival of the first drivable Chevrolet Volt in China today. China is one of the initial markets outside the Únited States to receive the Volt. GM's landmark electric vehicle wîth extended-range capability will go on sale locally next year.
'GM has made a long-term commitment to bringing our -leading technology to China,' said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. 'This is enabling us to provide the best mobility solutions for addressing the transportation challenges associated wîth the growth in demand for personal mobility. With GM taking the lead, the development of electric vehicles is opening up entirely new industries.'
According to Wale, 'The Volt is a vehicle that makes no compromises. It reduces our dependency on petroleum and cuts emissions, offers a total driving range of about 500 kilometers, and is powered by electricity at all times. It provides users the latest technology, outstanding innovation and something no other electric vehicle can offer – peace of mind.'
The Volt is the only electric vehicle that can operate under a range of climates and driving conditions wîth little concern of being stranded by a depleted battery. For up to the first 60 kilometers, the Volt drives gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gasoline-powered range-extending engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 450 kilometers on a full tank. This eliminates so-called 'range anxiety.'
The Volt will be available in China wîth the OnStar in-vehicle safety, security and communication service. Chevrolet and OnStar developed the automotive 's first working smartphone application system that will allow Volt owners to set the charge time, start their vehicle, track mileage, unlock doors and much more from a smartphone or home computer on a 24/7 basis. The Chevrolet Volt OnStar smartphone application is designed to enhance the overall Volt ownership experience wîth interaction and control never offered before on any electric vehicle.
General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, FAW, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM is the joint global automobile partner of World Expo 2010 Shanghai along wîth SAIC.Source - Chevrolet
2011 Chevrolet Volt Reinvents Automotive Transportation In A Complete, No-Compromises Electric Package• World's first mass-produced, plug-in electric vehicle wîth a range-extending onboard engine
• Revolutionary Voltec propulsion system delivers between 25 and 50 miles of electric driving (depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature) wîth a long-life, 16-kW lithium-ion battery and 111-kW (149-hp) electric drive unit; and up to 310 miles of extended range wîth an onboard 1.4L engine
• Eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on lithium-ion battery pack
• Vehicle dynamics, upscale materials, refinement and spirited performance of a premium sports sedan in an ultra-efficient package
• Extensive use of high-strength steel and full suite of vehicle safety technologies provide occupant protection before, during and after a crash
• Easy-to-use technologies such as configurable displays, Chevrolet Mobile App powered by OnStar MyLink, and MyVolt.com web portal enhance owner experience
• Five years of OnStar Directions and Connections service, including Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation
DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the all-new, 2011 Volt electric vehicle wîth extended range, establishing an entirely new §egmènt in the global automotive market. The five-door, four-passenger Volt is designed to provide the benefits of an electric vehicle without the range limitations associated wîth other electric vehicles in the market.
'The Chevrolet Volt can be the only car you own,' said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. 'The Volt delivers it all: a revolutionary propulsion system, progressive styling, -leading safety, premium amenities and user-friendly technologies, and spirited driving dynamics.'
Designed, engineered, built and delivered to customers in 29 months, the Volt will go on sale at Chevrolet dealers before the end of 2010. It is offered in one very well-equipped standard trim level, along wîth two option packages: a Premium Trim Package and a Rear Camera and Park Assist Package.
The Volt is in a class by itself
The Chevrolet Volt is not a hybrid. It is a one-of-a-kind, all-electrically driven vehicle designed and engineered to operate in all climates. Powered by GM's revolutionary Voltec propulsion system, it consists of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that provide pure electric range between 25 and 50 miles, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. A 1.4L gasoline-powered engine extends the range up to an additional 310 miles on a full tank of fuel by operating the vehicle's electric drive system until the car can be plugged in and recharged or refueled. This distinguishes the Volt from electric-only vehicles, which cannot be operated when recharging is not immediately available – such as during a power interruption or on a long-distance trip.
'The Chevrolet Volt makes the electric driving experience as productive, efficient, intuitive, safe and fun as any premium vehicle its size in the market today,' said Doug Parks, Volt global vehicle line executive.
Every major element of the Volt was designed and analyzed for efficiency, including its highly aerodynamic exterior, lightweight wheels, specially designed tires, energy-saving premium stereo system, and more. This attention to detail makes the Volt one of the most aerodynamic and energy-efficient vehicles in the market.
The Volt redefines electric drive
The heart of the Chevrolet Volt is its Voltec propulsion system, which combines pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending engine, giving to the Volt up to 350 total miles of range.
The Volt's long-life battery consists of a 5.5-foot, 435-pound (198.1 kg) T-shaped, 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack manufactured in Brownstown Township, Mich. It supplies energy to an advanced, 111-kW (149-hp) electric drive unit to propel the vehicle. Úsing only the energy stored in the battery, the Volt delivers between 25 and 50 miles of fuel- and tailpipe emissions-free electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature.
The Volt battery is designed to deliver value, safety, quality, performance, durability and reliability. It is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. Since 2007, GM engineers have completed more than one million miles and four million hours of validation testing of Volt battery packs, as well as each pack's nine modules and 288 prismatic cells. The development, validation and test teams have met thousands of specifications and validated each of the Volt battery's 161 components, 95 percent of which GM designed and engineered.
'Our customers are making a commitment to technology that will help reduce our dependence on petroleum,' said Micky Bly, GM executive director, global electrical systems. 'In turn, we commit to deliver the highest standards for value, safety, quality, performance and reliability to our customers.'
When the battery energy is depleted, the Volt seamlessly transitions to extended-range mode. Power is inverted from a technically advanced, 1.4L 63-kW (84-hp) gasoline-powered onboard engine to the electric drive unit to provide up to 310 additional miles of range.
The Volt proves electric driving can be spirited. Not only does the Volt reach a top speed of 100 mph, the electric drive unit's excellent low speed torque of 273 lb.-ft. (368 Nm) takes it from 0 to 60 mph in less than 9.0 seconds and the quarter mile in less than 17.0 seconds.
Charging the Volt's battery is simple and intuitive, and can be done through 120V conventional household electrical outlets, or through a dedicated 240V charging station. The vehicle is completely rechargeable in about four hours using a 240V outlet and 10 to 12 hours in a 120V outlet. Once the vehicle is plugged in, owners can schedule either immediate or delayed charges, even coordinating charging according to departure time or when electricity rates are lower. Owners also can manage and monitor the Volt remotely via computer on MyVolt.com; or an exclusive smart phone application, Chevrolet Mobile App powered by OnStar MyLink.
The Volt is designed and refined to impress
The Chevrolet Volt's bold, sleek, performance-oriented stance conveys its electrically driven capabilities, and looks like an upscale, midsize sport sedan. (concept carz) This is made possible by its wide front and rear tracks (61.2 / 62.1 inches 1556 / 1578 mm), 105.7-inch (2685 mm) wheelbase, wheels-out stance, sculpted belt line and premium execution.
'The Volt is a revolutionary car, and we wanted the design to make as sleek and dynamic a statement as possible,' said Bob Boniface, director of design. 'When you look at this car, it's very technical and refined in its execution, wîth lots of interrelating surfaces that bring clean, crisp edges and creases.'
Working closely wîth aerodynamicists in GM's own wind tunnel to shape the Volt, design and engineering teams developed the most aerodynamic vehicle in Chevrolet's history. By reducing the energy needed to overcome air resistance, Volt aerodynamicists contributed an estimated eight miles of electric range, and 50 miles of extended range.
The Volt's rounded and flush front fascia, tapered corners and grille enable air to move easily around the car to reduce drag. In the rear, sharp edges and a carefully designed spoiler control air flow. An aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass also helps reduce turbulence and drag.
Inside and out, element-to-element gap and flush relationships are as good or better than any in the §egmènt. Even the underhood compartment is not overlooked: All components are held to a high standard of appearance that harmonizes wîth the rest of the car, using similarly grained surfaces and colors.
The distinctive, gloss black rear liftgate appliqué carries the Chevrolet bowtie and one of two Volt insignias; the other is found on the forward quarter panel. Six exterior colors are offered on the Volt, including Viridian Joule Tricoat, the winning name chosen in a national contest held last year. The others are Silver Ice Metallic, Black and Cyber Gray Metallic, Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat.
Inside, the Volt offers the space, comfort, convenience and safety features that customers expect in a premium five-door sedan – including storage compartments and 40/40 rear-folding seats. It also delivers them in a variety of interior color, lighting and trim options unlike any offered before on a Chevrolet sedan, but wîth Chevrolet's signature dual cockpit design.
Two, seven-inch, high-resolution full-color screens are featured: One is a reconfigurable graphic cluster display and the other, in the center stack, features a touch screen display, touch-control switches and integrated shifter.
The graphics in the instrument panel and door inserts are repeated in the premium cloth or available leather-appointed seats. Bright silver appointments appear around the door switches, center cup holders, door pulls, centerstack switches and climate control outlets. Standard infotainment features include:
• Navigation radio wîth 60-GB (30 GB for music storage) hard disc drive, AM/FM/DVD-Rom/MP3 playback capability, voice recognition, Radio Data System, Bluetooth and pause-and-play radio functions
• XM Satellite Radio wîth XM NavTraffic/Weather, one of the 's most advanced, real-time information systems
• Premium, energy-saving Bose audio system wîth six speakers and subwoofer
• Five years of OnStar Directions and Connections service.
In addition to enhancing safety and solidity, the Volt's stiff structure accommodates features that help to isolate engine and wind noise for a whisper-quiet cabin.
The Volt features excellent driving dynamics
Great driving dynamics begin wîth a solid body-frame-integral structure that enables optimal tuning and provides drivers wîth an enhanced sense of stability, solidity and confident road manners.
The Volt's MacPherson strut-type suspension, sophisticated compound crank rear axle and quick-reacting, rack-mounted electric power §teering system wîth ZF §teering gear – a feature commonly found on premium sport sedans – have been tuned to deliver a smooth, refined ride wîth responsive handling and solid, on-center feel. A low center of gravity combines wîth the wider track and long wheelbase for balanced performance, and front and rear hydraulic ride bushings, another premium addition, help eliminate road harshness.
The electro-hydraulic regenerative brake system captures energy up to 0.2g for transfer back to the battery. The friction braking system features large rotors wîth a special finishing process that protects against corrosion and promotes longer life.
The Volt rides on lightweight aluminum wheels that weigh only 17.8 pounds (8.1 kg) each, compared to 24.2 pounds (11 kg) for typical 17-inch wheels. They're wrapped in Goodyear Fuel Max all-season, low-rolling resistance tires optimized for electric vehicle range, noise, feel and performance.
The Volt features Chevrolet's continuous safety
Occupant protection continues wîth a strong structure, and the Chevrolet Volt's body-frame-integral structure strategically blends advanced steels to help ensure crashworthiness and stiffness. Nearly 80 percent of the Volt's overall structure consists either of high-strength, advanced high-strength or ultra high-strength steel. Active occupant protection features include eight standard air bags and safety belts wîth dual pretensioners to help reduce the risk of injury.
After a crash, the Chevrolet Volt offers the security of OnStar, which uses built-in vehicle sensors to automatically alert an OnStar advisor in certain types of collisions. The advisor is immediately connected to the vehicle and can request that emergency help be sent to its location.
Because the Volt operates so quietly in all-electric mode, a driver-activated feature sounds a noise to alert pedestrians, particularly those wîth visual impairments, in an intersection. The alert was developed in conjunction wîth the American Federation of the Blind.
The Volt connects wîth owners 24/7
There is much more technology inside the Volt than its electric propulsion system. Intuitive features such as high-resolution displays, connectivity and the ability to monitor and control vehicle functions remotely redefine how owners interface wîth their vehicles.
Key technologies include:
Touch-control switch system on the center console
High-resolution, seven-inch, full-color LCD reconfigurable Driver Information Center display. The display shows electric-only range, fuel economy, , extended-range, trip information, tire pressure information and other key vehicle messages.
High-resolution, seven-inch, full-color, center stack-mounted touch screen display that serves as the interface for infotainment and cabin climate controls. An Efficiency (Leaf) switch accesses energy usage, power flow and charging screens – all easy to use and understand.
• Charge modes are customizable according to need and electricity rates for efficient programming and lower costs.
• A key fob that allows drivers to remotely start the vehicle and precondition the cabin based on outside temperatures
• An exclusive mobile app, powered by OnStar MyLink, that enables owners to engage wîth the Volt functions using a smart phone.
Volt warranties bring value and peace of mind
Volt owners receive outstanding battery and vehicle limited warranty coverage. In addition to the eight-year/100,000-mile limited warranty on the Volt's 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, Chevrolet will provide:
• Three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage
• Five-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
• Five-year/100,000-mile limited gas engine coverage
• Six-year/100,000-mile corrosion protection coverage
.Source - Chevrolet
Chevrolet Volt Named Motor Trend 2011 Car of the YearMagazine recognizes Volt as a 'fully functional, no-compromise compact automobile that offers consumers real benefits in terms of lower running costs'
Motor Trend magazine, one of the world's premier automotive authorities, today named the Chevrolet Volt the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year.
'We expected a science experiment, but this is a moon shot,' Motor Trend editors wrote for the January 2011 issue. 'The Volt delivers on the promise of the vehicle concept as originally outlined by GM, combining the smooth, silent, efficient, low-emissions capability of an electric motor wîth the range and flexibility of an internal combustion engine. It is a fully functional, no-compromise compact automobile that offers consumers real benefits in terms of lower running costs.'
Many of those benefits are due to the Volt's groundbreaking propulsion system. As the world's first electric vehicle wîth extended range capability, the Chevrolet Volt has a total driving range of about 350 miles. For the first 25 to 50 miles, the Volt drives gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range more than 300 miles on a full tank.
The Motor Trend Car of the Year award was presented to Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman for Global Product Operations, at the General Motors wind tunnel in Warren, Mich.
'Chevrolet is truly honored to receive one of the world's most coveted automotive awards,' said Stephens. 'The Volt team has worked under extraordinary circumstances to produce this breakthrough vehicle.'Source - Chevrolet
Chevrolet Volt Wins 2011 North American Car of the YearThe Chevrolet Volt has been named the 2011 North American Car of the Year.
The North American Car of the Year is selected by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the Únited States, representing newspapers, magazines, websites, television and radio shows.
For 2011, the Volt garnered more juror votes than the Nissan Leaf or Hyundai Sonata, which were also finalists.
This is the third time Chevrolet has won the North American Car of the Year, and the fourth time for General Motors. Most recently, the Chevrolet Malibu was the 2008 North American Car of the Year.
'It's a great honor to be recognized as the North American Car of the Year,' said GM CEO Dan Akerson. 'Since development began, we believed the Volt had the potential to transform the automotive . Today, the Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the prestigious North American Car of the Year award, and the first vehicle ever to receive the 's highest automotive, technology, and environmental recognitions.'
• Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
• Green Car Journal 2011 Green Car of the Year
• Car and Driver 10Best for 2011
• Ward's AutoWorld 10 Best Engines for 2011
• AÚTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
• 2010 Breakthrough Technology, by Popular Mechanics
'Such recognition provides customers wîth credible, expert endorsement of new models,' said Akerson. 'This is particularly important for vehicles like the Volt that feature significant new technologies. Being named the North American Car of the Year will help convince customers that the Volt is truly a breakthrough vehicle, delivering the benefits of electric driving without the range anxiety associated wîth pure electric vehicles.'
The Volt is an electric vehicle that can operate under a range of weather climates and driving conditions wîth little concern of being stranded by a depleted battery. The Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.
In December, the first Volts were delivered to retail customers in California, Texas, Washington D.C. and New York. Due to strong public interest, Volt Ú.S. production is being raised to 45,000 Volts in 2012 from 30,000.Source - Chevrolet
Chevrolet Volt to be Sold in Eight Chinese CitiesThe Chevrolet Volt electric car will go on sale at 13 Shanghai GM Chevrolet dealerships in eight Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Foshan. It will be priced at RMB 498,000 ($75,533).
The announcement was made Monday as part of General Motors' participation in Auto Guangzhou 2011. Two of GM's joint ventures, Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling, are displaying more than 30 vehicles from the Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Baojun brands.
China will be among the first global markets to offer the Volt, which provides up to 80 kilometers of pure electric driving. With its onboard engine-generator, it has a total driving range of 570 kilometers in extended-range mode. It produces peak torque of 370 Nm and maximum power of 111 kW and has a 0-100 km/h time of about nine seconds along wîth a top speed of 160 km/h.
The Volt earned a five-star safety rating from the Ú.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Its battery carries a warranty of six years/150,000 kilometers. The Volt's introduction is part of Shanghai GM's Drive to Green strategy, which is focused on delivering products that offer higher fuel economy and lower emissions.
Volt buyers will be eligible to join the V+ Club. By calling a bilingual 24-hour hotline, members will receive one-on-one service. In addition, they will be invited to participate in a series of member activities that match their eco-friendly lifestyles.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 11 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 35,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2010, GM sold more than 2.35 million vehicles in China, which represented 28.8 percent growth over the prior year. It has been the sales leader among global automakers in the market for six consecutive years.Source - Chevrolet
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