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The Chevy Volt: Is the GM Volt Electric Car THE Car of the Future?

The Chevy Volt is a new electric car on sale now in the USA (and as the Opel Ampera in Europe by sometime in 2011). From what I see it looks great - and a great concept! Itís not all-electric but Iíll forgive that as it looks like a serious car and could be a great gateway for people into the electric way of mind!

What is it exactly?

The Chevrolet Volt is a new car which they call an extended-range electric vehicle. This means that it is basically like the plug in hybrids which are cars that run on batteries that you can charge with a plug and also have an internal combustion engine.

Chevy Volt The difference with this car is that only when the battery runs out does it switch to an internal combustion engine which recharges the battery. When itís charged past a certain point the engine switches off again so it acts like a generator instead of actually moving the wheels itself.

It can also run on E85 (85% ethanol, 15% petrol) or any mixture of those fuels (like most cars in Brazil and Sweden) which is available in the USA and, believe it or not, Ireland!

Is it any good?

Chevy Volt They claim the Chevrolet Volt can travel up to 60 km on its battery charge before the internal combustion engine kicks in to give you a full 500 km range. In my opinion itís definitely a step up from a normal hybrid. It travels 60 km on pure electricity which is just as good as some smaller all electric powered cars ability and still covers most peopleís daily commute.

This is great as it conquers most peopleís fear of running out of electricity and being confined to only driving certain distances. Many people will then end up using all electricity most days and then the internal combustion engine at the weekends maybe for longer trips. The Chevrolet Volt also has a claimed top speed of 160 km/h and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 9 seconds which is doing alright for a family sized car.

When is it available and where?

It's available right now in the US! Itís going to be available in Europe (as the Opel or Vauxhall Ampera) and Australia (as the Holden Volt). It should cost about $40,000. They are planning to first release 10,000 then more if it goes well.

Chevy Volt If youíre not so sure about the all-electric cars and want to ease yourself in then this could be the car for you.

I wouldnít be in a position to tell you to buy one of these yet though as none of the production cars are out around here at the moment but from what Iíve heard it sounds like it has the making of an impressive car.

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