It seems like we can’t go a single day without mentioning the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Well, it’s probably because the vehicle is one of most innovative products to come out of the United States so far this year… besides the Apple iPad (there is sarcasm there…or is there?).
So let’s break it down a little bit. We know that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will provide you with a total range of 310 miles if it is fully charged and their is a full tank of gas in the car. On a full charge, the Volt delivers between 25 and 50 miles of electric driving. Once the battery runs out, the onboard 84-hp 1.4L engine assists with the rest of the range.
A recent test-drive by Motor Trend found that the Chevrolet Volt is capable of averaging a fuel-economy of 127 mpg (under certain conditions…it will definitely vary for each driver). That figure was a result of a fully charged and fully gased-up Volt. But what if you’re one of those individuals that is too lazy to go home every night, pull you car into the garage and plug it in before you go to bed. Under those circumstances, the Volt should average a fuel-economy somewhere in the high 30s (mpg), according to General Motors engineers. Not bad.
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. The system puts out 149-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 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84-hp 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 310 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