Chevrolet has revealed the production version of the Volt. Click image to enlarge
Detroit, Michigan – During General Motors 100th birthday celebrations today, the company revealed the production version of the Chevrolet Volt electric car at a special ceremony at its headquarters in Detroit. The company said it is on target to commence Volt production in November 2010.
“Revealing the production version of the Chevy Volt is a great way to open our second century,” said GM chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. “The Volt is symbolic of GM’s strong commitment to the future, just the kind of technology innovation that our industry needs to respond to today’s and tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges.”
The Volt is known as the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, or E-REV, and uses electricity to move the wheels at all times and at all speeds. For trips up to 40 miles (64 km), the Volt is powered only by electricity stored in its lithium ion battery. When that is depleted, a flexible-fuel gasoline generator provides electricity to power the car’s electric drive unit and simultaneously sustain the battery’s charge. This extends the Volt’s range for several hundred additional miles, unlike a conventional battery-electric vehicle. The Volt can be plugged into a standard 120-volt household outlet or use 240-volt for charging, and can be charged in less than three hours at 240 volts or about eight hours on 120 volts. The Volt is expected to built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing facility. Pricing has not been announced.
The design of the production car has evolved from the original concept that was revealed at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Features include a driver-configurable liquid crystal instrument display, seven-in touch-screen vehicle information display, touch-screen-style climate and entertainment controls, optional navigation system, onboard hard drive for maps and music storage, and Bluetooth connectivity.
At a special press event on Monday night, the company also revealed the new Chevrolet Cruze global compact sedan, which will be produced for North America at the company’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and the Cadillac CTS Sports Wagon, both of which will be shown at the Paris Motor Show in early October.