PHOTO CAPTION: 2011 Chevrolet Volt can be charged from common 120V outlet, but it could take up to 8 hours.

Driving the Volt, Driving the Future

Chris Chase gets his hands on Chevrolet Volt and apart from its high price tag, finds it a taste of a promising future.

Published: 16-Jan-2012

The future is electric, and the Chevrolet Volt - indeed, the Chevrolet brand as a whole, if this car is any indication - plans to be a big part of that future.

This is a car that's been in the news for a few years, and it's proved well worth the wait. Its $42,000 base price cuts deep in the compact-car class that the Volt competes in size-wise, but that number is almost certainly a bargain compared to what parent company General Motors would need to charge to make back the research and development that went into the car's high-capacity battery and electric motors.

Chevrolet touts the Volt as an electric car with "extended range," that bit in quotes coming courtesy of a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine. On a full charge, achieved by simply plugging the car into the wall like a cellphone, Chevy says the Volt will travel anywhere from 40 to 80 kilometres. After the battery has run down, the gas engine starts - completely automatically - to generate electricity so that you can continue driving the car.


Chevy Volt owners are discovering they can now go weeks before refueling.

The Chevy Volt is cramped, overpriced -- and the best thing an American motor company has done in years, writes author Edward Mcclelland in Salon.

Chevrolet Volt cruises New York City's Time Square.

St. Louis Today does the math and finds the Volt gets the equivalent of 77 mpg.

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