While the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will go on sale in November of this year, it won’t be available everywhere just yet. However, it will now be available in more places than General Motors originally planned.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, GM is expanding the launch market for the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric-vehicle to the New York region and Austin, Texas. GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre Jr. is expected to make the official announcement later today.
Originally, GM only planned to sell the Volt in California, Michigan and Washington D.C. Nationwide sales of the Volt are expected to start sometime in 2011.
Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, “T”-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. According to GM”s preliminary specs, the system puts out 150-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes less than 3 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 8 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries a 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 300 miles.
First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Volt:
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