Chevrolet Volt – Car of the year 2011

Chevrolet Volt is the Car of the Year 2011 in Automobile Magazine. The award was presented by Joel Ewanick, Vice President of Marketing GM USA, on Wednesday, at the International Motor Show in Los Angeles.

When they have designated Volt as Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine editors wrote:

This is the most sophisticated and most important car found in circulation today. He did not just change the car that you drive, but how is it driving. Volt owners regulates the temperature in the cabin before leaving the garage and adopt new management styles to maximize the electric autonomy. Then, when the battery is low, the engine is coupled without any worry, without restrictions relating to an electric motor.”

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Being the first extended-range electric vehicle produced in series in the world, Chevrolet Volt manages to run a total of about 560 km. In the first 40-80 km, the Volt runs without polluting exhaust emissions by using stored electrical power in lithium-ion battery of 16 kWh. When Volt car battery is discharged, the burden is taken uniformly by a motor/generator gas, which extends the range over 500 km with a full tank.

Initially, the Volt was introduced as a prototype in January 2007, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In July of that year, the GM Board approved the development of the Volt and of the Voltec electric propulsion.

In September 2008, the series version of the Volt was unveiled at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of GM. Chevrolet will begin production this month at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, the first deliveries to customers taking place in December.

Chevrolet received for the last time Car of the Year Award in 2001 for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

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