INTRO: Great fuel economy matched with an uncompromising driving experience make the all-new gas/electric 2011 Chevrolet Volt the innovative leader in the mid-size alternative fuel vehicle market.
FEATURES: The first plug-in electric from a major carmaker, the 4-seat hatchback is an electric car that can utilize an onboard gas engine to charge the batteries while driving. Its 35-mile rated range on batteries alone extends to 375 miles with a full tank of gas. Top speed of 100 miles per hour assures reliable highway driving.
PERFORMANCE: The Volt is equipped with a 149 horsepower electric motor that provides instant torque through a single speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. A 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder gas engine capable of 80 horsepower is used to recharge the batteries but does not drive the wheels.
FUEL ECONOMY: EPA estimates battery-only driving will cost about 4 cents per mile - an equivalent of 80 miles per gallon based on fuel costing $3.20 per gallon. When using the gas-powered generator, fuel economy estimates are 35 miles per gallon city and 40 mpg highway.
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is $40,280. The Volt is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The battery pack is covered for 8-years or 100,000 miles.
CLOSING: A pioneering approach to performance without sacrificing convenience moves the 2011 Chevrolet Volt out ahead in the alternatively powered automotive frontier.