Chevrolet Volt Roll-Out Expands to ArizonaPosted on November 3rd, 2011
Extended range electric car now available in Phoenix dealerships
Chevrolet is extending availability of the new Volt to include dealerships in Arizona, beginning with Phoenix. About 2500 of the brand’s 3000 US dealerships are signed up to participate in the Volt program. Cars are currently rolling into Phoenix stores. Tucson and other parts of the state will follow.
The Volt combines an electric engine and gasoline motor, but in a different manner than hybrids currently on the market. The sedan will operate in pure electric mode at all speeds for up to 35 miles. When the charge from the lithium-ion battery pack gets low, the vehicle automatically switches over to gasoline power, extending the vehicle’s range by another 344 miles according to the manufacturer.
Recharging time for the battery ranges from four hours utilizes 220-volt current to 10 hours if the vehicle is plugged into a 115 volt outlet. The cost of a recharge is about $1.50 regardless of the type of current used. The battery pack carries an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty.
Chevrolet rates the car’s net horsepower at 149, with 273 foot-pounds of peak torque. Because electric motors develop peak torque at very low engine speeds, the sedan has excellent low-end acceleration: zero-to-sixty takes less than nine seconds.
MSRP starts at $41,000. Buyers are eligible for a $7500 tax credit, and may be eligible for state tax incentives as well. Standard features include keyless ignition with push button start, a remote vehicle starter, Sirius XM radio, OnStar and eight airbags. Options include leather seating, a Bose audio upgrade, a rearview camera with park assist and two aluminum wheel options.
“In addition to being a halo car for the brand, the Volt is bringing people into Chevrolet dealerships who might not have otherwise considered the brand,” said spokesperson Michelle Bunker.
As Chevrolet celebrates its 100th anniversary, the brand is on track for another year of strong sales according to communications director, Michael Albano. “We expect to beat our record which is 4.6 million units globally in the coming year,” he said.
Chevrolet is currently rolling out its subcompact Sonic. A new global Malibu comes to the states in the first quarter of 2012 followed by the Spark mid-year. The automaker is producing the new Colorado mid-sized pickup in Thailand, which is the largest global market for mid-sized trucks according to the manufacturer. Chevrolet plans to bring the Colorado to the United States, but has not yet announced a timeframe for its rollout.
For the latest information on Chevrolet’s extended range electric car, visit the Volt web site.
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