The First Electric Car that Runs on More than Electricity
Volt is unique among electric vehicles because you have two sources of energy. You have an electric source–a battery–that allows you to drive gas–free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go up to a total of 375 miles on a full tank of gas4.
“I was actually in control of how much gas I consumed, and it was a powerful feeling,” says Joe Nocera an automotive journalist, after driving Volt. If you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that too. Volt is first for two very good reasons.
If you can drive, you can drive a Volt. Instead of turning a key, you push a blue button. Rather than looking at dials and needles, you check two interactive LCD screens for feedback based on your particular driving style. “One thing I really love about the Volt is the cockpit. You sit in it, and you feel like you just stepped into the future,” Says Volt owner Alex Fay. “You’ve got two really bright screens that give you all sorts of information about your car and your driving.” The screens allow you to learn how to get the most out of each charge. For example, suppose you want to go from A to B in the most efficient manner possible. Volt is programmed to respond with a choice of three driving modes. Normal mode enables Volt to drive like a conventional car, only more efficiently. Sport mode gives drivers more aggressive feedback and heightened response. Mountain mode maintains a power reserve for climbing long, steep grades.
“I love the ability of being able to not burn any fossil fuels at all for many of my trips,” says Volt owner Jim Jonah. “Yet I still have the ability to go on a last minute road trip/vacation/travel soccer game and not worry about running out of battery range.” Even if you never use it, you know you’ve got a backup plan. Chevy puts the same kind of confidence behind our 8–year/100,000–mile Battery and Voltec Component Limited Warranty12. Engineering in. Fun out.
What’s the best safety philosophy? Avoid a collision in the first place. That’s the kind of thinking that has earned Volt accolades–like being named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety14 and receiving a 5–Star Overall Vehicle Safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration15 Over, under, inside and around–we’ve thought of safety from every angle.