Ever since the production specs on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt have been made public, General Motors said that the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone.
GM said today that it has tweaked range estimate for the Volt, saying that the extended range electric vehicle will travel 25-50 miles on a single battery charge when variables such as terrain, driving behavior and temperature are factored in. The statement was made in a document filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission in paperwork submitted for the automaker’s planned initial public offering.
“When powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery; the Chevrolet Volt has a typical range of 25-50 miles depending on terrain, driving technique, temperature and battery age,” GM said in the filing under a section called “research.”
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. Prices for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt start at $41,000 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $33,500.
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– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News