Volt rolled out in late 2010 for the 2011 model year and not without some controversy. It isn’t a true electric car as some thought that it was, but it does provide an electric-only range, just like a pure electric car.
That range was 35 miles for the 2011 and 2012 models, but Chevrolet has managed to tweak the battery system for 2013 to extend its electric-only range to 38 miles. This three-mile increase seems quite small, but it can be a difference maker for drivers that use this car primarily for commuting. Indeed, some drivers have reported traveling for several months between gas station fill ups as they used very little gas, relying mostly on electricity.
The tweaking that Chevrolet engineers accomplished to extend the Volt’s range came by installing a hold drive mode, which enables drivers to conserve battery power. Volt already offered normal, sport and mountain drive modes; the hold drive addition simply extends these capabilities out a bit further.
Other changes for 2013 includes the availability of a low-emissions package that makes this car eligible to travel single-occupancy lanes in California and New York. This feature reduces pollution and allows Volt drivers to speed down the interstate during congested times, saving time, energy and charging in the process.
GPS navigation is important for today’s drivers and the Chevrolet Volt does not disappoint. For 2013, Chevrolet combines this with an audio system, Sirius XM stereo and a CD player for enhanced sound. An MP3 player, a USB port and a Radio Data System are also included; a 7-inch touchscreen display makes it all happen.
Chevrolet has also made pebble beige premium cloth seats and pebble beige leather seats with suede inserts available this model year. Select safety packages have been added, bringing in popular options such as a rear view camera, rear park assist, front part assist, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Your Volt relies on a special propulsion system that combines electric and gasoline power to deliver a 382-mile range. This range can be quickly extended by fueling up at a service station and Volt can be recharged at any 120-volt outlet or at a dedicated 240-volt outlet. The standard charging time is 10 to 16 hours, but can be significantly reduced for four hours with the 240-volt charger.
Chevrolet uses a lithium-ion battery system and makes use of liquid active thermal control to supply energy. Volt features 288 cells and makes 16-kWh of power. Its supplemental gas engine is a 1.4-liter four that runs on premium grade gasoline. This front-wheel-drive sedan makes use of two electric motors and has a top speed of 100 mph.
Volt sits on a 105.7-inch wheelbase and is 177.1 inches long by 70.4 inches wide by 56.6 inches tall. It is a 2+2 model, offering 10.6 cubic feet of storage capacity. The battery system takes up some of the room behind the back seat, but does not intrude into the cabin department. You can still bring your weekend bag or golf equipment with this sedan.
Weighing from 3,781 pounds, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt offers 37.8 inches of head room in the front row and 36.0 inches in the back row. Shoulder room comes in at 56.5 and 53.9 inches front and back. Hip room measures 53.7 inches in the front seat to 51.2 inches in the back seat. Leg room is 42.0 inches up front and 34.1 inches for rear seating passengers.
GM prices the 2013 Chevrolet Volt from $39,145. That price does not take into account an available federal tax credit for up to $7,500 nor does it include destination charge, taxes, registration and related charges. Fully loaded, Volt can cost as much as $45,000 before tax incentives are taken.
Chevrolet: 2013 Volt Specifications — http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car.html
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