Chevrolet Volt – Electric Hybrid Car
General Motors has really pushed the boat out with the Chevrolet Volt. It's a half petrol, half electrically powered vehicle, which looks fantastic and is incredibly efficient. Most electric hybrids look strange and quirky, but the Volt is sporty and aggressive-looking, and it sets the new standard for Electric Cars. When buying this car you will be eligible for the UK Government Grant of up to £5,000. Prices have not been released into the UK, but the volt is already on sale in the USA and is expected in the United Kingdom some time in 2012.
** Chevrolet Volt - Electric Car **
Chevrolet Volt – Low Co2 Emissions
With a super frugal 1.4 engine and the electric motor combined, the Chevrolet Volt emits very little CO2 according to the US figures of 109g/km of CO2. As it is due to be released in 2012 in the UK, we'll have to wait for official UK figures.
Chevrolet Volt – Car Tax Band (VED)
The Volt falls into Car Tax Band B, making it exempt from paying tax for the first year and only £20 a year thereafter. This is great news for those who are stung by company car tax or who find taxing a car a burden.
Chevrolet Volt – Safety Features
There are lots of safety features built into the Volt. There are front, side, knee and curtain airbags for both driver and passenger. There is ABS, traction control, power steering and anti-skid traction control. .
Chevrolet Volt – Cost Per Mile
The petrol engine is only 84bhp and therefore more geared around being efficient. The electric motor takes a 10-hour charge so at around £0.10 per kWh that makes the running costs £1 for around 300 miles on the electric motor. With the 1.4 managing 43mpg and a petrol tank, which can complete around 300 miles, you have a very frugal and fuel-efficient car.
Chevrolet Volt – Comfort
In the front all is well. There is ample room and plenty of gadgets to play with, and overall it is a comfy place to sit. In the back, however, there is very little room for adults. Children can fit in fine, but it is a real squeeze for tall people. .
Chevrolet Volt – In Car Technology
Chevrolet has really upped its game in the past few years and with the designers being a little braver, we are blessed with higher quality interiors and smart-looking exteriors. There is an MP3 player and the charging can be controlled with an iPhone or a Blackberry, meaning that this Chevy is bang up to date with technology.
Chevrolet Volt – Performance
With a small 1.4 petrol engine, the Volt is never going to be the best performing car around. But for an electric car it manages to squeeze a combined 148bhp from both motors. This gives a 0-60mph time of 12 seconds and a top speed of 115mph.
Chevrolet Volt – Space
Apart from the rear seats being cramped and the boot space being taken up by the batteries, the Chevrolet Volt is a fairly practical car. It has 300 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded down, which is ample for most people.
Chevrolet Volt – Conclusion
It looks great and it would be a shame for the Chevrolet Volt to not handle well. Despite its hefty 1,300kg kerb-weight, it manages to handle surprisingly well compared to other hybrids. The suspension is good and that helps with cornering, which is probably down to the success of Chevrolet in the World Touring Car Championships.