Pre-production model shown.
Prepare to be electrified
Chevrolet Volt is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV), designed to move most of North America's daily commuters without using a single drop of gas. That means for anyone who drives up to 64 kilometres a day, the Volt will use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions.*
How does it work?
Chevrolet Volt uses an electric propulsion system to drive the car at all times and at all speeds. Electricity from the electric grid is the Volt's primary source of energy while gasoline is a secondary source. In Battery Electric mode, the Volt is powered for up to 64 km by electrical energy stored in its lithium-ion battery by plugging in at home or at work. In Extended-Range mode, the Volt uses a 53-kilowatt gasoline-powered generator (the Range Extender) to provide electricity once the battery charge is nearly depleted. Unlike a traditional hybrid or future plug-in hybrids that still use the gas engine to mechanically drive the vehicle in many driving conditions, the Volt's gas engine only generates electricity to power the electric motor and operate the vehicle's systems.
How do you recharge it?
After the first 64 kilometres, the Volt's gasoline engine kicks in to produce electricity and drive the wheels. So there's no fear of running out of electricity. Once you return home, just plug the Volt in and charge it from a normal household outlet.
What are the benefits?
The Volt will help reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Since it runs mainly on electricity, a typical Chevrolet Volt commuter won't use any gas going back and forth to work each day. Plus, charging the Volt once daily will consume about the same electrical energy annually as the average refrigerator.
The Volt represents a complete departure from any other car ever made. It will change the way we make automobiles and it will change the way we drive. Click here to find out more about the world's first Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) - the Chevrolet Volt.
And as we move closer to releasing this extraordinary vehicle in Canada, we'd like to stay in touch and update you on relevant information as it surfaces - every step of the way. Click here to stay up to date on all the latest Volt news.
* Pre-production model shown. Not available for sale. Canadian launch targeted 2011. Assumes fully charged battery. Actual range may vary depending on driving habits and conditions. Vehicle features and performance capabilities subject to change.
| READ MORE CHEVROLET NEWS & EVENTS ARTICLES |