Chevy Volt Electrifies Your Drive: Plug In Hybrid Electric Car
The Plug In Electric Hybrid Car from Chevrolet
When was the last time you felt electrified by your commute?
Do you find gas prices as shocking as I do?
The public has seen visions of the future over the past several years, with the Chevy Volt Concept Car highlighted at car shows. The "real deal" has just been publicized by the company, and is now available for purchase.
What makes the Chevy Volt different from other hybrid cars currently on the market? For starters, it runs on electricity, straight from ordinary electrical outlets. This green car can travel 40 miles on a single charge, solely on electricity.
No greenhouse gas emissions and no need to give your right arm at the gas station! Plug in your electric car during working hours, and you'll be ready to drive back home (recharging takes only a couple of hours) at the end of the day. Most commuters will never again need to re-fuel! Statistics show that 75% of the workforce drives less than 40 miles each way to and from their jobs.
If you are traveling a further distance than 40 miles, the Volt is recharged by a gasoline engine or, in some models, ethanol fuel. Unlike traditional hybrid vehicles on the market, fuel never powers the wheels - it simply provides the source of electrical charge for the car's battery.
If you have been doubtful about the "hype" regarding plug-in electric hybrids (also known as PEHVs), it is time to change your mind!
The Chevy Volt is a reality - brought to you by the good-old American company, General Motors!
Would You Buy the New Chevy Volt?See results without voting
Chevy Volt Performance Statistics
Some of the vital statistics for the Chevy Volt plug in hybrid electric car are important to note:
- It has a range of 300 miles
- Travels at speeds of 100 mph
- Zero to sixty in 9 seconds
- Plugs into an ordinary electrical outlet
- Travels exclusively on electricity for 40 miles (no gas!)
- Interior display tells you when the battery is being recharged by fuel
- Zero emissions during first 40 miles of travel
- Fully recharges in a matter of hours
- Revolutionary propulsion system - powers the Chevy Volt beyond its battery
- Equipped with a powerful lithium-iron battery
- MSRP: $30,000-35,000
- Cost per mile on electric charge = 2 cents; cost per mile for fuel-powered vehicles at $3.50/gallon = 12 cents per mile
GM Unveils the Chevy Volt September 16, 2008
The Chevy Volt Concept Car
While many people may not have been aware of GM's first foray into the PEHV market in the mid-1990s, the Chevy Volt has been on automakers' radar for several years.
The Chevy Volt Concept Car has been showcased at a number of auto shows in recent years. Sleek and futuristic, the concept car is streamlined and exciting! With the unveiling of the 2011 Chevy Volt, some are disappointed by its boxier look.
In reality, the style of this plug in hybrid electric car is more appropriate to reach across demographics and appeal to both "soccer moms" and business executives. Plus, the interior of the vehicle itself is exciting and unique. The driver and front passenger will sit down into a cockpit-like surrounding that faces a computerized display.
Compared to the interior of a Corvette, the inside of the Chevy Volt reminds you that this is no ordinary vehicle!
Chevrolet is Leading the Plug In Electric Car Revolution
Widely regarded as having "killed the electric car," some consumers may wonder why GM is now leading the charge (so to speak) with plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.
Back in 1996, GM developed the EV1, an electric-powered car. Times were different then, however. Technology had not advanced to allow mass-production of the lithium-ion batteries that will propel the Chevy Volt. Consumers were not clamoring for an alternative-fuel car, either. Gas prices were nowhere near the $4.00-$5.00 per gallon level they are today, and we were not fighting a war in the Middle East. We've come a long way in the past 12 years.
The EV1 is but a footnote in history - yet an important one. Now that the public is ready for and demanding alternative fuel vehicles, the future is bright for both GM and the environment. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil supplies is a key political goal - for both parties. Its about time for us to break our "addiction to oil."
I'm ready for a plug in hybrid electric car - are you?
Chevy Volt Concept Car
Drivers Should Consider Plug In Hybrid Electric Cars
Whether or not we open up protected off-shore areas for more drilling, or tap into Alaska's oil supplies in the Arctic National Wildlife Area Reserve (ANWAR), we all know that oil is a limited commodity. But electricity can be generated in a number of ways (beyond traditional burning of coal) - hydroelectric, wind and solar energy can all be converted to clean power. Using renewable energy to get around is the appropriate long-term answer. And, when it is used to power plug-in electric hybrid vehicles like the Volt, zero greenhouse gas emissions are produced!
Save at the pump, do not further deplete limited oil supplies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the progression of global warming. To achieve all of this for the projected $30-35,000 price tag for the Chevy Volt seems to be a bargain.
See you at the re-charging station!
The 2011 Chevy Volt
More by this Author
If you have been rejected by a family member or lover, then you know that it's difficult to get over the feelings of being unloved.
What are the risk factors that make an otherwise accomplished driver too old to drive? What illnesses can also affect driver safety? Learn about the considerations for elderly drivers and their family and friends.
Hypoglycemia is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. If you have low blood sugar, your body cannot function properly. Learn the signs of hypoglycemia to treat and prevent.