In a tour similar to July’s “Freedom Drive,” General Motors is going on a tour with a caravan of Chevrolet Volts. Known as the “Volt Unplugged,” the 3,400 mile cross-country drive will give those interested in the extended range electric-car to check it out in person and get behind the wheel for a short test-drive.
“The Volt Unplugged tour will give people a chance to get behind the wheel of the Volt and find out for themselves what makes this vehicle so special,” said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet Volt product and marketing director. “This drive will demonstrate the one-of-a-kind capabilities of the Volt, the only electric vehicle able to drive such long distances under a variety of driving conditions and climates without having to stop to recharge.”
Hit the jump to see the “Volt Unplugged” tour dates.
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.
2011 Chevrolet Volt:
Power to the People ““ Chevrolet Unplugs Volt and Hits the Road
ETROIT — A caravan of Chevrolet Volts will embark on a 3,400-mile, cross-country drive showcasing how easy it will be to live with the world”s first electric vehicle with extended-range capability.
The tour, dubbed “Volt Unplugged,” will give consumers an opportunity to test-drive the Volt, meet the people behind the development of the vehicles ““ Chevrolet engineers, designers and others ““ and participate in activities at each stop.
The tour is similar to July”s “Freedom Drive,” where the Volt completed a three-day 1,776-mile drive from Austin, Texas to New York City to demonstrate the Volt”s extended-range capability. Stops on the Volt Unplugged tour include:
- Oct. 9 and 10 ““ Seattle
- Oct. 13 and 14 ““ San Francisco
- Oct. 16 – 18 ““ Los Angeles
- Oct. 20 ““ San Diego
- Oct. 22 and 23 ““ San Antonio
- Oct. 24 and 25 ““ Houston
- Oct. 28 and 29 ““ Miami
- Oct. 30 ““ Orlando
- Oct. 29 and 30 ““ Washington, D.C.
- Nov. 1 ““ Raleigh, N.C.
- Nov. 5 – 7 ““ New York City
- Nov. 18 – 20 ““ Chicago
Along the drive, Chevrolet representatives will reach out to local community leaders, schools and consumers to educate each group about the one-of-a-kind characteristics of the Volt and discuss the progress of the nation”s electrical infrastructure. There will also be many opportunities to sit in and/or drive one of six Volts that will be on tour.
Marriott International and its Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlaces Suites hotels will serve as the hotel supplier of the Volt Unplugged Tour. Marriott has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment, building greener hotels, minimizing energy and water use, reducing impacts along its supply chain and investing in conservation projects worldwide. For customers looking to travel in style with a lighter footprint, the Volt and Marriott offer a great solution.
Fans can follow the Volt”s journey and register for test-drive opportunities on the “Unplugged” tab located atChevroletVoltAge.com, the Volt”s official social network or on the Chevrolet Volt Facebook page. Participants in the tour will share updates using the Volt”s many online platforms including the @ChevyVolt Twitter account, the Chevrolet Posterous page and the Chevrolet Volt Foursquare account. These platforms will feature photos, videos and text updates to keep consumers updated on the tour.
On a fully charged battery and tank of gas, the Volt has a driving range of hundreds of miles. Because the Volt can use gasoline to create its own electricity in extended-range mode, long trips are possible. The Volt is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery for a typical range of 25 to 50 miles depending on terrain, driving technique, temperature and battery age. When the Volt”s battery runs low, a gas engine-generator seamlessly engages to extend the driving range
The Chevrolet Volt starts production at GM”s Detroit-Hamtramck facility this fall and will be sold in California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan and Washington D.C. Quantities will be limited. The Volt will be sold nationwide about 12-18 months after start of production.
The Volt”s Manufacturer”s Suggested Retail Price is $41,000 ($33,500 net of the full federal tax credit, which ranges from $0-$7,500) including a destination freight charge of $720. GM expects to offer qualified lessees a price as low as $350/month with $2,500 down at lease signing, including security deposit based on current conditions, which could vary at time of delivery. The benefit of the $7,500 tax credit is included in the reduced lease payment, with the tax credit going to the lessor. The lease term is 36 months with 12,000 miles per year.
– By: Omar Rana