Chevrolet Volt Review & Ratings
- 23 January 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric car produced by General Motors and is also marketed under the “Holden Volt” name in Australia as well as New Zealand. The 2010 model of this vehicle starting being sold in 2010 in the United States and was sold in a number of different countries throughout Europe the following year in 2011. To date Chevrolet has sold a total of 77,000 Volts with the U.S. responsible for a majority of the sales at a total of 63,000. So far as of June of 2014, a total 9,200 Open/Vauxhall Ampera cars have been sold throughout various European countries.
The Volt operates on an electric battery until its charge drops to a certain level which is when the vehicle switches to an internal combustion engine which takes over when necessary. When the engine is turned on and running, it may be temporarily linked to a planetary gear set in order to improve the vehicle’s overall efficiency in terms of its energy output. This vehicle’s regenerative braking plays a very important role in the on-board electricity generation. The 2013/2014 model of this vehicle has an all-electric range of 38 miles and a combined electric/gasoline-only rating of 62mph with the 3.8 liter coming in at 74 mpg.
This vehicle has won numerous awards for its innovative energy-efficient and eco-friendly design, including the 2009 Green Car Vision Award as well as the Green Car of the Year award in 2011. The Volt was also named North American Car of the Year in 2011 as well as European Car of the Year in 2012. There are certain controversies surrounding this vehicle, such as the rumor that the United States federal government had a hand in its development, which continued despite General Motors government-led bankruptcy in 2009. There are also some concerns about this vehicle’s battery pack and the risk of fire in the event of a crash.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt uses a 16 kW h/45 A h lithium-ion battery pack which can be charged by plugging the vehicle into a 120-240 VAC residential electrical outlet, provided the proper SAE J1772-compliant charging cord is used. There is no external charging station required to charge this vehicle’s battery, which is one of the many impressive innovations that has won awards as well as the attention of countless consumers around the world.
When this vehicle is being drove and the battery drops to a certain amount from a full charge, the naturally aspirated 1.4 4-cylinder gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine takes over. This engine is part of Opel’s Family 0 and is capable of 80 horsepower and powers a 55 kW generation which extends this vehicle’s overall range. Most of the electrical power from the Volt’s battery is sent directly to the motor and a small amount which is allotted for the batteries which are also needed to keep it running. The Volt operated on premium gasoline with a minimum 91 or octane rating.
The Chevrolet Volt has a top speed of 100 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds when it is running on electric only mode. When this vehicle is running in gasoline-only mode, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds. The distance that the Volt can cover before going into gasoline-only mode depends on a variety of factors, including the terrain of the road as well as driving conditions, temperature, and driving technique. There is no doubt that the Chevrolet Volt is an extremely innovative vehicle with a design that is nothing like anything that has been seen before on the market.