At West Herr Chevrolet, anticipation for the Volt has continued to grow, and with good reason. The Volt will be one of the most innovative vehicles to ever hit the pavement and recognition of that fact is already starting to pile up.
Motor Trend thought it knew what to expect from the Volt, but even its expectations were blown away.
“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 with 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.”
The compliments from Motor Trend are mainly for the Volt’s powertrain. As the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range capability, the Volt can travel 40 miles on a single charge, completely free of gas and emissions.
Its range-extending generator then kicks in, producing electrical power for up to an additional 300 miles of travel. The Volt’s range has no limits because it can be powered by gas until owners can plug it back into a 120- or 240-volt outlet.
A great deal of work went into making the Volt the most aerodynamic sedan in Chevrolet’s history. By lowering the drag coefficient of the Volt, Chevrolet engineers were able to increase its efficiency, adding up to eight miles of electric range and 40 miles of extended range.
Tom Stephens, GM Vice Chairman for Global Product Operations, accepted the Motor Trend Car of the Year award from a likely-enough location to honor an efficient, aerodynamic vehicle, 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.”
And for Buffalo Chevrolet shoppers, that breakthrough vehicle is nearly here.
Stay connected to West Herr Chevrolet for all the latest on the 2011 Chevy Volt’s release by calling (716) 649-7800 or by visiting its website: http://www.chevyhamburg.com