Chevrolet Volt Covers 1,000 Miles On Single Tank-GM
General Motors has struck gold with the Chevrolet Volt, with a section of early owners claiming that the electric vehicle manages to traverse 1,000 miles (1,610 kilometers) before the next refuelling. Probably a good explanation of how the Volt sold 1,536 units in the United States since its launch in December, a record 1,210 in the first quarter, according to Autodata Corp.
Tony Posawatz, vehicle line director of the Chevrolet Volt revealed the exemplary results at a conference in New York on Wednesday. The electric car incorporates a 16 kWh ‘T’ shaped lithium-ion battery that generates 149 hp (111 kW) and up to 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. Chevrolet put the 0-100 km/h figure at 9 seconds with a top speed of 160 km/h. Recharging the battery takes 4 hours on a 240 V household outlet and up to 10-12 hours if done using a standard 120 V one.
Drivers can take the car further with the gasoline-powered electric generator when the battery gets exhausted. EPA had earlier estimated the purely-electric range of the Chevy Volt at a slight 35 miles, which could be further extended to a total of 379 miles using the backup generator. Of course, the use of gasoline negates the Volt’s stand of being an all-electric vehicle. But consumers probably will not mind that, considering that the car ekes out up to 40 mpg on its 9.3 gallon fuel capacity.
Posawatz also confirmed that the car is very much in demand right now, which makes us feel the automaker is not too far from its ambitions of producing viable electric vehicles. The Chevrolet Volt is priced at $41,000, which makes its total cost an affordable $33,500 with the $7,500 federal income tax credit.