A new generation car, expected to be launched in November 2010 as a 2011 model by the Chevrolet division of the world's leading car manufacturer General Motor, Chevy volt will be an electric car with a gasoline engine on-board to help recharge the batteries. According to General Motors Chevy Volt offers Environmental advantages of an electric car without limited range.
The stocked up electric energy in its onboard lithium-ion batteries would be able to power the car up to first 40 miles which is equivalent to 64 Km. These lithium ion batteries can be fully charged by plugging the car through supplied SAE J1772 compliant charging cord into a 12-240V AC residential electric outlet. No other external charging station will be required for Chevy Volt.
Chevy volt will be assembled in Detroit, Michigan, United States. It is going to be a midsized car (SAE J1100-EPS class). The body style of the car will be 5-door liftback or hatchback. The layout of Chevy Volt will be front engine and front drive wheel. The car will be run by a 1.4 L 4-cylinder engine the power of which is 53 kW (71 hp). This engine can be run by both gasoline and electricity. The wheelbase of the car is 105.7 in (2,680 mm). The exterior dimension of Chevy Volt includes a length of 177.1 in (4,500 mm), width of 70.8 in (1,800 mm) and height of 56.3 in (1,430 mm). Maximiliano Larroquette is the designer of this car.
The passenger cabin of 2011 Chevy Volt will have a whole new look and completely different from its predecessors. Its interior is designed in such a way that it would be able to mimic high-end consumer electronics. The car can accommodate four occupants. The rear of the car offers two bucket seats which an exception than traditional bench seats. There will be large touch screen to control the climate and environment system along with an LCD screen showing graphic deliberated to help the consumers drive more efficiently. A floating ball will show you where the car is being driven efficiently and where it is being driven wastefully by changing the colors.
Chevy Volt will carry four wheel antilock disc brakes, along with a regenerative braking system that utilizes friction from the electric motor to help recharge the Volt's lithium battery pack. Like all other sedans of Chevrolet line up Chevy Volt will also contain front side airbags. According to the requirement of Federal Law, Chevy Volt will carry electronic stability control (ESC). It will also have a brake override system which cuts the signal from the gas pedal when the brake gets depressed. It activates only the brake pedal when both pedals are pressed at the same time. So it is obvious that Chevy Volt is going to offer the most tremendous safety features inside it.
One thing is obvious that Chevy Volt will not be cheap. According to the estimation the final price of Chevy Colt will be around $40,000.
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