Probably one of the oddest-looking parts on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is the awkwardly large shifter knob. When introduced back in 2008, lead interior designer Tim Grieg said that the lack of a transmission gave designers the opportunity to “re-invent the shifter.”
Well, after many critics complained about the shape and size of the shifter, General Motors finally decided to listen and change the design.
“The shifter design has changed a bit during development in order to provide more thumb clearance for the user”s hand,” said director of Voltec design Bob Boniface. “It was something that we, along with our HMI engineers, felt would be the most comfortable solution for the customer,” said Volt vehicle line director Tony Psawzt. “It still looks very modern but it is now a more pleasant experience to use.”
Either way, we’re glad the change was made.
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.
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