Unveiled: 2011 Chevrolet Volt at GM’s 100th Birthday celebration
It looks better than we first suspected from all the spy shots. Heck, we can actually see ourselves buying one and popping a Por Homme banner on it. The Chevrolet Volt was revealed at GM’s 100th year celebration.
So what did you expect it to be? Well, the 2011 Chevy Volt is a 5-door front-wheel-drive sedan known as Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, or E-REV. It can go 40 miles on electric-power alone with its lithium-ion battery. And for all the miles you put on after the first 40, a gasoline/E85-powered engine kicks. No word on the efficiency of the E85-side of the engine. The Chevy Volt’s electric drive unit produces 150-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and has a top speed of 100 mph.
Charging isn’t too difficult. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt can be plugged into a standard household 120v outlet or a 240v. The Volt’s battery will reach full charge in 8 hours when plugged into a 120v outlet and 3 hours when plugged into a 240v. GM is estimating a cost of 80 cents per day for a full charge and 40 miles of electric driving – not bad at all. The General is estimating a cost of two cents per mile compared to 12 cents per mile when using gas priced at $3.60.
The number’s are looking good and we hope that the Volt is as good on the road as it is in the showroom.
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Head over to eGMCarTech to check out the full press release and more pics.