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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 additional miles on a full tank of gas4.
A safety philosophy that runs deep
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.
Your drive begins with the aid of an available rear–vision camera system that alerts drivers to certain stationary obstacles when driving in Reverse at low speeds. Since Volt is so quiet, a driver–activated pedestrian–friendly alert helps warn people who may not hear Volt approaching at low speeds. Once on the road, drive with confidence knowing the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control is there to keep you on course.
So advanced, it's simple
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.
Charging for about $1.50 per day on average5
It doesn't get much simpler than that. For less than the cost of a latte, you can fully charge your Volt and drive an EPA–estimated 35 miles gas–free. Choose a standard 120V charging kit that allows you to plug into a conventional electrical outlet and fully charge the battery in about 10 hours, depending on climate. Or opt for an available 240V charging station that reduces your charging time to approximately four hours. Professional installation required.
Two apps, double the connectivity
Curious about your charging status? Download the OnStar RemoteLink™ mobile app6 and you can see the battery level and charge mode–120V or 240V–right on your smart phone. You'll be able to remotely verify that the car is plugged in and even schedule a future charging time. Text or email alerts tell you when the battery is fully charged or if there's a charge interruption. But suppose you want to schedule a service appointment online? Or create a photo reminder to help you remember where you parked your car? Download the myChevrolet18 app, which works with OnStar RemoteLink™6, to give you all the power you want— in the palm of your hand.
Instant torque @ zero
The connection is direct: head, right foot, motor, power. Without a traditional transmission, 273 lb.–ft. of low–end torque has nowhere to go except to the tires and pavement. This helps explain why a vehicle with an electric propulsion system can feel so powerful and exhilarating. No wonder Volt has the ability to reach a test–track speed of 100 mph. There's the smooth whisper–like quiet ride, perfect for expressing your astonishment. Out loud, of course.
A 16kWh lithium–ion battery pack powers Volt for an EPA–estimated 35 miles on a full charge. If you also have a full tank of gas, the total driving range is up to 375 miles11. It's electric when you want it, gas when you need it. If the battery runs low, you don't have to worry because Volt automatically transitions to a unique gasoline range–extending capability.
"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.
Enhance efficiency. Have a ball. Simply keep the ball green and in the center of the gauge to enjoy optimal battery efficiency.
Bose® Energy Efficient Series speaker system
Hear this. Get incredible sound from an available seven–speaker Bose® audio system with subwoofer that's 30% smaller, 40% lighter and uses 50% less energy than comparable Bose® systems.
Goodyear® Assurance® Fuel Max® tires
Reduce friction. Drive on specialized Goodyear low–rolling resistance tires and get up to one additional all–electric mile when compared to ordinary tires.
All–over aerodynamic aesthetics
Chevy designers constantly talk about form and function but when it comes to Volt, Director of Design Bob Boniface will tell you that they didn't compromise aesthetics to enable function. The result? A vehicle that looks sporty, quick, smooth and modern, yet achieves an extremely low coefficient of drag.
Countless hours in the wind tunnel influenced the styling of many exterior components including mirrors, a closed grill, rocker panels and the rear spoiler. In fact, the vertical blades that go from the bottom of the spoiler to the bottom of the bumper were designed specifically to trick the air into separating from the bumper more quickly, giving Volt extraordinary aerodynamics.
Another spin on styling
Make a smart statement with available 17–inch polished alloy wheels. Or choose available 17" painted sport wheels, which come with the option for dealer–installed inserts available in Silver Ice Metallic, Viridian Joule or Cyber Gray Metallic.
1 Price based on MSRP less $7,500 tax credit, which is subject to customer's eligibility for the maximum credit. Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Consult your tax professional before claiming any tax credit.
2 The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Available to order at participating dealers. Quantities limited.
3 Example based on MSRP. Each dealer sets its own price. Your payments may vary. Payments are for a 2012 Volt with an MSRP of $39,995 (as shown, $42,280) which includes destination freight charge. Monthly payments total $14,360 (as shown, $15,348). Option to purchase at lease end for an amount to be determined at lease signing. Mileage charge of $.20/mile over 36,000 miles. Ally Bank must approve lease. Lessee pays for excess wear. Payments may be higher in some states. Not available with other offers. Residency restrictions apply. Includes benefit of tax credit, which benefits the lessor.
4 EPA-estimated 94 MPGe (electric); MPG 35 city/40 hwy (gas).
5 Based on national average of 12 cents per kWh and 12.9 kWh for a full charge ($1.55). Electricity cost vary. Check with your provider for your rates.
6 Requires Android or iPhone platform and active OnStar subscription, which is included for three years.
7 Map coverage excludes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and portions of Canada.
8 Scheduled for Spring 2012. Limited availability. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and Smartphone. Some devices require USB connectivity. Data plan rates apply.
9 Requires a subscription, sold separately by SiriusXM after three-month trial period. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. Visit siriusxm.com for details.
10 Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.
11 EPA-estimated 35-mile range based on 94 MPGe (electric); 340-mile range based on 35 MPG city/40 highway (gas). Actual range varies with conditions.
12 Whichever comes first. See dealer for limited warranty details.
13 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution
14 Based on 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing.
15 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).
16 Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained.
17 Use only GM-approved wheel/tire combinations. See dealer for details.
18 Requires Android or iPhone platform